Ipswich hosts European port summit

DELEGATES from ports across Europe descended on Ipswich yesterday for a summit hosted by the Haven Gateway Partnership.Port-Net, a European Union project including 20 partners from 12 European countries and Russia, aims to identify and tackle the main challenges ports face, and improve operations and capacity, as well as how they work together.

DELEGATES from ports across Europe descended on Ipswich yesterday for a summit hosted by the Haven Gateway Partnership.

Port-Net, a European Union project including 20 partners from 12 European countries and Russia, aims to identify and tackle the main challenges ports face, and improve operations and capacity, as well as how they work together.

The Port-Net representatives from Kaliningrad, Tallinn in Estonia, the Danish port of Koge, Antwerp, Hamburg, the Polish ports of Szczecin, Elblag and Gdynia, Ancona in Italy and Hamina in Finland, were set to visit the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich International and Ipswich.

The delegates heard from Mike Seller of Associated British Ports as they visited the Port of Ipswich and Gordon Braun of Ferryways, and were given a short tour of the port.


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Today they will visit Harwich Haven Authority and discuss its role as statutory conservancy and pilotage authority with HHA chief executive Stephen Bracewell.

Tomorrow they will travel to Felixstowe, the UK's largest container port and fifth largest in Europe and hear about Hutchison's Ports container developments at Felixstowe and Bathside Bay in Harwich.

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