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Terminals & Storage July/August 2016 BULKDISTRIBUTOR 19 Northern ports sign historic pact P D Ports has signed an agreement with other major ports across northern Britain in an unprecedented collaboration to ensure a unified voice is heard by government to improve freight and transport links across the north of the country. The company has operations at Teesport, Hartlepool and on the Humber and has been holding regular roundtable discussions with Port of Tyne, Associated British Ports (ABP) and Peel Ports. They have brokered a pact, which was announced in Liverpool in July, to pursue a Northern Ports Strategy, working together to create jobs in and around ports and boost investment in an east-west ‘Freight Supercorridor’, with improvements to rail infrastructure being the ultimate priority. “These are going to be changing economic times for the whole of the UK,” said Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ development director. “Therefore it’s important that the north and northern ports are seen as a progressive body to drive through that change.” A report compiled by think tank IPPR North highlighted that there is considerable value in the major port operators in the north joining forces to promote the opportunities of using their gateways for international connectivity and industrial development. The 53-page document ‘Gateways to the Northern Powerhouse: Towards a Northern ports strategy’ identifies 15 separate recommendations for central and local Government, and local enterprise partnerships as well as northern ports, freight and logistics companies themselves. The main recommendations include developing local port growth strategies focusing on opportunities in established, developing and emerging industry clusters, energy and logistics. It also recommends that industry body Transport of the North works with the Department for Transport and Network Rail to prioritise the creation of an east-west freight supercorridor, with government support for modal shift from road to rail and to coastal feedering. A Northern Ports, Freight and Logistics Association is also suggested to drive co-operation within the sector and to create a ‘Northern Maritime Knowledge Hub’. While 95 percent of British goods come and go through ports, the region is home to 24 percent of the UK population but transports 56 percent of the UK’s rail tonnage, 35 percent of road tonnage and accommodates 35 percent of total port throughput. However, 60 percent of freight destined for the north is delivered to southern ports - leading to increased motorway traffic, delays, pollution and inefficiency, it is claimed. Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, added: “Britain was a trading nation long before the European Union was ever thought of, and that fact will not change despite the Brexit vote. We need a global north now like never before, so it is fantastic to see the north’s port operators coming together to work so closely. The nature of any new European trade agreement will be vital, but the measures set out in our new Northern Ports Strategy provide a framework upon which any new deal must be based. “To continue to punch above their weight, we need to see government investment to back that of the ports. With over £1 billion invested in the ports themselves, government must now put in its £100 million to create an east-west freight supercorridor and end the costly and inefficient movement of lorries up and down the country,” he concluded. Chlorine project for Dunkirk B Ports in Northern Britain are co-operating in developing local growth strategies Advertisers Index Bluepack 10, 12,17, 19 CH Robinson 3 CIMC 5 Dacro 14 Gardner Denver 8 Grande-Tek Flow 11 Intermodal Europe 20 JTS 9 LC Packaging 16 Lohia 18 Multitank 4 NTtank 6 Pelican 10 Rishi 13 Seaco Global 7 Tank Bag 15 Tisza Textil 17 For information on advertising contact us on: +44 (0)1565 653283 Published 6 times a year. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. ISSN 1462-0731 Events elgian firm Indaver wants to set up a new factory in the industrial area of Loon Plage, at port of Dunkirk, France. The project represents an investment of €40 million and the creation of 20 direct jobs by the end of 2018. Indaver, which specialises in the management of household and industrial waste, runs treatment facilities to recover a maximum of reusable materials and substances as well as generating energy from waste. The company employs 1,700 people and is a subsidiary of the Belgian logistics group Katoen Natie. CEO Paul De Bruycker explained that the construction of the new 40,000 tonne treatment plant, to be named IndaChlor, will recycle production residues and products containing residual chlorine to recover the chlorine in the form of hydrochloric acid and make use of the energy generated. Hydrochloric acid is widely used in the chemical, petrochemical, metallurgical and food industries, and Indaver wants to develop a sustainable solution for the Dunkirk area, setting up a ‘circular economy’ that is both safe and environmentally friendly. Indaver will build the facility near to factories that can make use of the products generated. Aliphos will be able to use the hydrochloric acid in its production process. Instead of transporting this raw material, Indaver will deliver the hydrochloric acid directly to the factory by pipeline. The energy generated by IndaChlor during treatment will also be used as the new plant will supply steam to local industries, also by pipeline. Stéphane Raison, CEO of Dunkerque-Port, commented: “The site selected is in a favourable location for this industrial ecology project supplying two neighbouring factories. 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