Our latest updates

Wholesale review of Marine Conservation Zones in port areas needed

Ahead of the expected third and final tranche of Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) designations in English waters, the British Ports Association has called on Environment Secretary Michael Gove to review the impact of all existing management measures on port operations and urgently examine the implications a specific designation which could lead to a ban on anchoring of commercial and recreational ships as well as fishing activities within a statutory harbour area.

British ports comments on BCC/Port of Dover survey on preparations for post Brexit trading arrangements with the EU

Following the publication of a study today (Monday) by the British Chambers of Commerce and the Port of Dover, which found that many importers and exporters are not preparing for changes to customs procedures after Brexit, the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne suggested:

British Ports Association calls for funding commitments to deliver on welcome first steps on port connectivity

The BPA has welcomed the publication of the UK Government’s Port Connectivity Study; ‘Transport Infrastructure for our global future’, but suggested that investment guarantees, support and guidance for local planners and a new overarching freight strategy would be needed for Government to deliver on many of the report’s recommendations.

New starter at the BPA

The British Ports Association has a new member of the team, Shenaz Bussawon, who started with us this week in the role of Personal Assistant and Office Manager. Shenaz will be helping us organise our events and will also be looking after much of the BPA’s finances, website, communications and general administration so you will no doubt start to see messages from her. Prior to the BPA, Shenaz had worked within the retail wholesale sector as PA, office manager and wholesales assistant within various footwear brands. She is very much looking forward to meeting members, attending our Annual Lunch later this month and learning about the ports industry.