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New Chairman for British Ports Association

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Dry Bulk,

On Wednesday 25th April 2018, the British Ports Association (BPA) elected Alec Don, Chief Executive of Milford Haven Port Authority, as Chairman for a two-year term, at its Annual General Meeting in London. This role will make him the voice of 350 UK ports, terminals and port facilities, representing 80% of the UK’s seaborne trade.

Addressing the BPA’s wide range industry and Government guests at the Annual Lunch in London, Don outlined his vision of a thriving UK ports industry:

“My vision, on behalf of the BPA members, and indeed all ports, is that we have an economy where investment is not something that happens by permission. That within clearly identified port zones and sites linked to and trading through port zones, entrepreneurial investment and job creation occurs at the pace that suits the market and genuinely facilitates trade. That ports and their associated cities are freed up to work with a common purpose.”

Highlighting the independence and commercial nature of the UK’s port sector, Don said:

“All of the UK ports are entrepreneurially-led, investing businesses and ports of all sizes and types are vital to their local economies. Between them ports have over £1.7 billion of immediate investment plans.

These investments are not just about the port infrastructure itself but about reinforcing and growing the economic clusters that use those ports.”

The BPA has welcomed the study and called for it to form part of a wider freight strategy linked to strategic long-term funding. On the launch of the study, the Minister said:

“I am really pleased to be able to have the opportunity to address a key part of the ports sector at the BPA lunch and launch the findings of the Port Connectivity Study. BPA members large and small are vital parts of the economy and this report highlights how their activity, combined with ongoing government investment in transport to improve connectivity, can have positive wider economic benefits.”

Don takes over from Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at the Port of Shoreham.

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