COUNCIL OF INTERMODAL SHIPPING CONSULTANTS
ANNO XXXVI - Numero 31 MAGGIO 2018
PORTS AND TERMINALS
BRITISH PORTS CALL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT TO MATCH EU
As the European ports industry gathers in Rotterdam this week
for the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Annual Conference,
the British Ports Association has urged the UK Government t ensure
that public transport and infrastructure funding are increased
post-Brexit to help UK freight operators and ports compete.
As the Article 50 discussions continue there is still no clear
picture if the UK will look to prioritise investment in the
transport network or replicate EU funding models.
The Association is keen that UK policymakers push pro-investment
transport strategies in a similar way to the TEN-T programme or even
to mirror schemes such as the Motorways of the Sea programme and the
European Maritime Fisheries Fund.
Speaking on the eve of the ESPO Conference the British Ports
Association's Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne said: "The UK
ports industry is a competitive sector.
What our ports look for is an efficient planning system and a
good national transport network.
In recent weeks a number of European transport associations have
come together to call on the European Commission to increase
transport budgets in the Connecting Europe Facility for the
UK policymakers should not overlook TEN-T and indeed examine
ways to increase investments in our transport network.
It is essential for logistics operators that the UK has an
efficient transport and freight network and that our ports are able
to compete globally."
The Ljubljana Declaration was presented to the European Budget
Commissioner Günther Oettinger, by the MFF4Transport coalition
at the TEN-T Days event last month and a recent study for ESPO has
highlighted the infrastructure needs of EU ports.
This was shortly before the European Commission published its
Multiannual Financial Framework for the 2021-2027 period which is
expected to be the first EU budgetary term without the UK.
Mr Ballantyne continued: "In the coming years, it is likely
that the EU's Connecting Europe Facility will be used to target the
hinterland network connectivity challenges for many European ports
and it will be important that the UK is not left behind.
There has rightly been much attention on the potential impacts
of new border controls on some UK-EU routes but other factors such
as long-term post-Brexit transport plans and infrastructure
investment should not be ignored.
The UK Department for Transport recently published the results
of its Port Connectivity Study which highlighted that ports are
often not factored into transport and wider Government decisions.
This must be corrected.
Ports are vital international gateways and they will have an
important role facilitating our new post-Brexit trade strategy so it
is essential that they are well connected to national networks and
The 15th ESPO Conference is hosted by the Port of Rotterdam and
takes place on 31 May and 1 June.
The theme of the Conference is 'Investing in the Port of
Tomorrow' and Mr Ballantyne is chairing the session on port
developments at the event.
The 'Building Acceptance for Further Port Development' session
examining sustainable growth, stakeholder relations and cost-benefit
analysis for ports.
(from: hellenicshippingnews.com, May 30th 2018)
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