Port News

The BPA has developed this new Ports News section on our website to list news and media updates from our port members.

Stories from ports around the UK can be found below and we are also keen for members to send their press releases and media announcements to news@britishports.org.uk to be included.

Portland Port welcomes Inter Marine UK to the port estate

On 9th January 2018, Portland Port were pleased to officially sign lease documents with Intermarine UK Limited, who will now have their UK headquarters based in the port estate.

The Inter Marine Group has been established since 1990; they have created a modern, international and market-competitive group of companies which cover marine engineering, international trade, employment agency and shipping services.

Business women making waves at Milford Waterfront

Business women from Pembrokeshire are making their mark at Milford Waterfront. During the past twelve months, a number of new businesses have opened their doors to the thousands of visitors and locals choosing to spend their time shopping and socialising in waterfront surroundings.

Following the success of Healthaspire, a nutrition centre run by Ellen Picton, she launched Trwffl with partners Debbie Anthony and Sandra Bevan in September. The team create an impressive range of handmade truffles using dark chocolate which is known to have many health benefits.

Port of Dover announces fifth consecutive record year for freight

The Port handled 2,601,162 lorries in 2017 - up on the previous record by almost 10,000 units. It brings the total increase over the last five years to just under 650,000 units or 33% per cent.

This continued growth, says Port of Dover Chief Executive Tim Waggott, is proof that Dover continues to be the port of choice for hauliers travelling to and from Europe – the UK’s largest trading partner.

Port of Tyne lights up Christmas Jumper Day

Employees at the Port of Tyne have been pulling on their favourite festive knits, wacky woollies and sparkly sweaters all in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day charity appeal.

On Friday 15 December employees dressed down for £1 with all the proceeds going to Save the Children.

Port Security Officer at the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal, Dayang Darnell literally lit up the day with her Christmas jumper - covered in hundreds of lights and jingle bells, it had taken Dayang two months to make. 

Two new trainee Pilots for the Port of Cromarty Firth

Port of Cromarty Firth has recruited two new Marine Officers (Pilots) to help manoeuver ships in the Highlands largest port. 

Ben Thompson is the Port’s newest marine officer; he started as a trainee marine pilot in late November.  With 2017 being the busiest year for cruise ships and with an anticipated increase in the size of the ships visiting the Firth next year, the support of Marine Officers is needed more than ever.

Port Host Prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers

48 members of the Institution of Civil Engineers were treated to a fascinating and in-depth explanation of the Adur Tide Walls flood protection scheme at a meeting held at Shoreham Port. 

The £40 million pound scheme, currently about half-way through a two-year build programme, is designed to give greatly enhanced protection to hundreds of houses and businesses on either side of the lower reaches of the River Adur as it runs through Shoreham Town and Shoreham Beach in West Sussex before spilling into the sea between the Port’s harbour arms.