The British Ports Association is calling for additional funding and support to be provided to UK local authority officials to prepare the country’s borders amid the coronavirus outbreak that shook the industry.
British Ports Association
In light of the upcoming elections in the UK and the feeling of uncertainty, the British ports Association launched its six key policy priorities for the 2019 UK General Election, paying attention to a swift to Brexit, safety, planning, connectivity, making the most of UK maritime, and fisheries.
The British ports Association along with ABPmer issued a white paper highlighting the importance of masterplanning to the development of coastal regions, as well as improve ports’ communication through their strategies and visions with stakeholders.
The British prime Minister, Boris Johnson, proposed the ‘two borders for four years’ Brexit plan, which meas that there will be a regulatory border between the UK and northern Ireland for four years; The BPA opposed to this proposal, adding that the most ideal plan would be based on no customs or regulatory checks at all.
The Department of Transport announced the sixteen ports in England that will receive a multimillion-pound funding pot to boost their preparations for Brexit. The £10 million Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition offers up to £1 million to each port.
The British Ports Association is thinking of expanding its coastal shipping opportunities and focus more on port connectivity schemes within the UK. Ports are a crucial part of the British economy, as they’re gateways for the 95% of UK’s international trade and they provide regional hubs for economic activity and employment.
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.
During British Ports Association’s annual lunch and AGM, on Tuesday, April 30, the guests discussed about the British ports, noting that their role is in supporting a variety of economic and environmental goals. Mr Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at the Port of Blyth noted that ports are the solution and not the problem and should thrive in environmental improvements as they are a crucial part of UK’s economy.
The UK Government announced that will provide the Stronger Town Fund, meaning £1.6 billion in funding to communities to help drive job creation and enterprise. British Port Authorities (BPA) suggested that the Government should aim port regions in order to grow coastal economic clusters.
As the European ports industry will gather in Rotterdam for the European Sea Ports Organisation Annual Conference, from 31 May to 1 June, the British Ports Association called the UK Government to make sure that public transport and infrastructure funding are increased after Brexit to keep UK freight operators and ports competitive.
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