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Report: Economics of the UK fishing fleet 2018

Turnover of the UK fishing fleet was close to £1 billion in 2018, a very similar figure to 2017, according to a new report by the Seafish Industry Authority. A 4% decrease was reported in the total operating profit with £268 million, mainly due to an increase in fuel prices.

UK ports record steady performance during 2018

UK major ports’ data for 2018 shows stable port freight tonnages overall, with only a 0.1% difference on the previous year at 483.3 m tonnes. However, overall unit load traffic declined, partly due to a reduction of port traffic in passenger cars and new trade cars.

BPA, Port of Rotterdam launch smart ports paper

The British Ports Association announced the launch of a new joint smart ports paper with the Port of Rotterdam examining port digitalization. The paper sets out some of the benefits of smart operations and how UK ports of all sizes can benefit.

UK maritime industry cooperates to tackle use of Dangerously Weighted Heaving Lines

The British Ports Association, British Tugowners Association, Port Skills and Safety, UK Chamber of Shipping, UK Major Ports Group, and UK Marine Pilots Association issued a joint notice to raise awareness against DWHLs use and the consequences. The notice highlights what is expected of seafarers in the International and Domestic codes of the ILO Code of Practice.

There are concerns regarding open-loop scrubbers in ports, BPA says

The Chairman of the British Ports Association has urged for a return to stability and a relentless focus on creating a business environment that supports investment and skills. What is more, BPA believes that ports and shipping are very much part of the solution to UK decarbonisation challenges, but it raised concerns regarding the use of open-loop scrubbers in ports.

UK spending must have infrastructure funding as a priority, BPA says

The British Ports Association has written to the UK’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP, urging that the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review to consider how to replicate the EU’s schemes that provide investment for the transport and infrastructure network. The BPA also called for new mechanisms to be created to help UK projects benefit from European Investment Bank loans.

BPA expresses concerns on IMO’s focus towards ports

The British Ports Association are closely watching the developments at the IMO, as the MEPC 74 is taking place. The Association commented that it applauds IMO’s actions to tackle climate change on a global scale and also the UK’s ambitions to move towards zero emission shipping as part of this.

BPA calls for transport funding

The British Ports Association is in favour of focusing on freight transport, a recommendation by the National Infrastructure Commission. Yet, it proposes that more investments in network capabilities and port connectivity is key to establishing better efficiencies. The quality of the transport network is critical for efficient freight movement and business growth.

BPA: Significant challenges surrounding ‘no-deal’ Brexit

On the occasion of the UK Parliament’s vote on Wednesday, BPA issued a new warning on the significant challenges for some ports around a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the impact upon trade. MPs voted against the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, rejecting May’s Brexit deal for a second time.

European players unite on tackling port emissions

The Baltic Ports Organisation conducted a seminar in order for discussions to begin concerning port emissions in European ports. Approximately 80 participants gathered in Gdynia, Poland, in the early days of March to discuss the issue of air pollution in ports. 

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