The BPA Portscast

Some issues can’t be summarised in a weekly Snapshot, which is why we created the BPA Portscast; A semi-regular podcast tackling some of the pressing issues facing the British ports sector. Join the BPA team as they discuss subjects such as the impact of Brexit, the awaited Covid recovery, and how to achieve industrial sustainability. Featuring interviews from prominent experts in their field and contributions from outside the ports industry, the Portscast aims to provide a well-rounded approach to modern concerns for members. Here, you can find our previous episodes and updates as to what is to come.

The BPA Portscast (7)


The importance of sustainable practices in the ports sector has increased in prominence over the last ten years, to the extent that subjects such as renewable energy and green infrastructure are commonplace. Yet what more can the industry do to promote these values? And where does the UK stand compared to their European counterparts. Join BPA Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne, together with Mark Simmonds and Rhona MacDonald as they discuss developments in sustainability with Environment Manager Heidi Neilson from the Port of Oslo. Listen here.




Brexit has loomed large over British politics for over five years and led to lingering divisions within society. However, with the deed done, what has been the impact of leaving the European Union on the British ports industry? BPA Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne speaks with Eamonn O’Reilly from Dublin and Patrick Van Cauwenberghe from Zeebrugge to discuss Britain’s place in Europe and the future of EU trade relations. Listen here.


The BPA Portscast

Global Fragility?

The last twenty months have shown global supply chains to be more fragile than hoped. However, as the world tentatively recovers from Covid-19, questions as to the future of freight transport are beginning to rise. Join Richard, Mark, and Phoebe from the British Ports Association as they explain contributing factors of the last two years as well as speculate on what could be done to mitigate incidents such as the blockage of the Suez Canal. Special guests: Neil Glendinning, CEO of Harwich Haven, and Susan Oatway, Chair of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Listen here.