The Apprenticeship Levy was announced by the Chancellor in his July Budget. The formal consultation exercise on the proposal was launched on 21 August 2015 by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Skills Minister, Nick Boles. The consultation seeks views on the government’s proposal to introduce an apprenticeship levy to enable employers to choose […]
UK Major Ports Group News
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The latest Oxford Economics report on the economic contribution that ports make to the wider UK was published on 13 May. UKMPG’s Executive Director, Theresa Crossley, welcomed the report, saying “We’re pleased that despite the economic downturn, the picture for ports has remained generally positive.” The report can be downloaded here.
The United Kingdom Department for Transport (DfT) is leading a review of the ships required to enable the General Lighthouse Authorities’ (GLAs) to fulfil their statutory duty to maintain marine aids to navigation. The aim is to identify the optimum number of ships, the capability of those ships, and the appropriate ownership and operational management […]
Responding to today’s announcements on Welsh devolution, the Chairman of the Welsh Ports Group welcomed the opportunity to open a new dialogue with the Welsh Government to discuss the implications of the proposed transfer of ports policy powers to the Welsh Assembly. The cross-party St David’s Day ‘Powers for a Purpose’ agreement includes commitments to […]
UKMPG has a new Executive Director. After 7 and a half years at the helm (and before that over 35 years in central Government), Richard Bird is retiring from the ports industry. From 16 January Theresa Crossley takes over as Executive Director. Theresa has a long association with the maritime sector having been head of […]
At today’s Annual General Meeting and reception, Bristol Port Company Chief Executive Simon Bird will take over as Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group, He succeeds Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports, who is stepping down at the end of a four year term. James Cooper, CEO of Associated British Ports, is […]
UKMPG and the British Ports Association (BPA) have campaigned strongly against this proposed regulation since it was launched by the Commission in May 2013. UK ports are amongst the most efficient and productive in the world, contribute substantially to the UK economy and employment, and operate without cost to the taxpayer. While claiming to promote […]
The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (UKMPG) has launched a new manifesto – Ports4Prosperity – for the UK ports industry at the recent party conferences in Manchester and Birmingham. A copy of the manifesto can be downloaded here. Representing 41 of the UK’s major ports, UKMPG is calling on the Government to work with the […]
The Department for Transport yesterday issued a Parliamentary statement confirming the repatriation of Irish lights costs to the Republic of Ireland in 2015/16 and the transfer of the GLA’s pension schemes to the Civil Service pension scheme funded by the Government. Light dues are to be reduced by 1p in 2014/15 to 40p per tonne. […]
Many ports in England and Wales already have powers to issue safety directions to port users, for example to limit vessel speed. But not all ports have such powers and getting Government approval to bring them in has been a complex and expensive process. However a much speedier system has been introduced under the Marine […]