Lessons from a successful sector – UK Ports as an example


The half day event began with an overview of the ports sector in the UK, and provided context for the presentations and discussions that followed. This introductory session was given by Richard Everitt, Chairman of the Port of London Authority, who chaired the morning's proceedings. The different ownership structures were outlined, and it was explained that whilst the UK's ports are predominantly privately owned, they also include municipal and trust ports. The overview went on to look at key features of the sector, for example the goods and tonnages handled at the major ports. It was noted that the ports sector has a significant impact on the UK economy, a view supported by a recent study by Oxford Economics entitled The economic impact of the UK maritime services sector: ports. For example, about 120,000 people are directly employed in the UK, a 5% increase since 2009.