FTA launches map of UK port facilities for freight users

9/7/12 4:18 PM

The Freight Transport Association has used today’s Freight by Water Conference on Teesside to launch an interactive map of UK commercial port facilities.  This map is aimed at enabling potential users of ports such as shippers, hauliers and logistics companies, to more easily assess the short-sea shipping options available to them.

The map is searchable by almost 40 commodities or by particular ports.  Each port entry contains information about what each port can offer and how to contact them.  It includes over 130 facilities all around the UK.

Commenting on the map, FTA's Head of Global Supply Chain Policy Christopher Snelling said:

“Potential users tell us that greater visibility of the options would be helpful in making short-sea and coastal shipping easier to start examining, and this is particularly true where decisions about supply chains are made by people not based in the UK.  This map is another step in making that process easier.”

Further information and functionality will be added to the map over time as FTA continues to develop its work to enable the logistics industry to make full use of alternative modes.

The conference, sponsored by PD Ports, is one of the regular free conferences that FTA holds under the Freight by Water (FbW) initiative.  FbW is the UK's official Shortsea Promotion Centre.  The day is being attended by over 60 delegates from across the logistics industry.  It will be considering the impacts of the 2015 sulphur directive, UK grants for shipping, and discussing the market conditions and potential for improvement in the UK’s shortsea connections.

 

Notes for editors

The ports map is available through both FTA's Freight by Water (http://freightbywater.fta.co.uk/to_utilise_water_freight/ports/) and the Mode Shift Centre (http://modeshiftcentre.org/water_freight/ports/) websites.

To register interest in future Freight by Water or Modal Shift Centre initiatives and events email enquiries@modeshiftcentre.org.uk.

Jackie Langridge