The BPA Port Futures programme is a thought leadership platform for our members and wider industry. We are keen to work with companies and specialists working at the cutting edge in their area of maritime expertise to challenge, provoke and inform.
This might take the form of articles or short reports to infographics or videos to examine emerging trends and innovative new ideas in the ports and shipping industries which will lead to short and longer term changes in the ports industry. We work with members in jointly publishing work and promoting it both with our members but also in the media.
Typically we invite our Associate Members, who are usually organisations in the wider ports and maritime industries, to participate – more details about membership are here: www.britishports.org.uk/join
Our rolling programme of activity addresses key issues for ports over the short, medium and long term future, including technology, infrastructure and skills, as well as potential opportunities for and challenges to British ports that these issues present.
If you are interested or have any suggestions please contact Mark Simmonds at the BPA at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate change and ports: Impacts and adaptation strategies
The British Ports Association and water-focused engineering and research consultancy HR Wallingford have published a paper examining the potentially far-reaching impacts of climate change on ports and how the sector can adapt.
Aerial Drones and Ports, Managing the Risks and Opportunities
This BPA briefing paper examines the risks and opportunities of using aerial drones in ports, outlining the various considerations for ports, as well as the different rules that apply depending on whether the drone is being used for commercial or recreational purposes.
Finding Alternative Routes for Contaminated Sediments
The BPA and Augean present this paper examining alternative routes for contaminated sediments. Industry expects that these levels will become stricter as political and social attitudes to environmental risk change over time, making traditional routes to disposing of sediments more difficult. Dredging is a major part of most ports’ conservancy efforts and is critical to ensuring safe navigation for vessels. The ports industry is highly competitive and changes to regulation are a key factor in infrastructure costs. As Government is reviewing this regulation, generally with a view to tightening it and adding costs, the BPA is committed to exploring interesting and innovative alternatives.
Port Cybersecurity White Paper
The BPA has teamed up with associate member Astaara to produce a short paper on port cyber security. This highlights some of the issues that ports need to consider and also signposts current Government regulation and guidance. It covers some key areas that ports might need to take action including staff training and awareness and supplier risk.
UK Ports and Coronavirus - Employment Considerations
During this rather unusual and challenging time, UK ports are under incredible pressures both to ensure critical business operations continue and to support and maintain their workforces in doing so. The British Ports Association has asked associate solicitor Mark Cranshaw, of Hill Dickinson LLP’s employment team, about the employment implications for UK ports as the shipping industry addresses the global coronavirus pandemic.
Port Masterplanning: Planning for the Future
This White Paper is part of Port Futures, a thought leadership platform for British Ports Association (BPA) members and the wider industry. The programme addresses key issues for ports, including technology, infrastructure and skills, as well as opportunities for and challenges to British ports that these issues present.
The Potential Impact of Autonomous and Ultra-Low Emission HGVs on the British RORO Port Market
This white paper has been published in collaboration with the specialist freight transport consultancy MDS Transmodal. The study examines how freight traffic between the British Isles and the Continent could change in the longer term after Brexit.