A new Port Futures project to examine emerging threats and opportunities for British ports has been unveiled by the British Ports Association.
Named Horizon, the project will address key issues for ports over the next 50 years, including infrastructure and skills grouped around what the association said were four ‘key drivers of change’:
Technology and automation;
Climate change and the environment;
Politics, regulation, and the law;
Social and economic change.
The association pointed out:
- Ports carry 95 per cent of UK’s trade;
- The UK port industry is the second largest in Europe;
- UK ports handle around 500mn tons of freight each year;
- More than 60mn international and domestic passengers use the ports each year;
- Ports directly employ around 101,000 people.
Mark Simmonds, the association’s policy manager, said: “Today’s world is marked by rapid and at times unpredictable change and as an industry, we are keen to play our part in shaping that change as much as possible and being ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”