04th November 2019

Aberdeen to Host 2020 British Ports Conference

Aberdeen Harbour Board has announced it will host the annual British Ports Association (BPA) Conference in 2020.

The Conference will be held at P&J Live from 13th – 16th October.  More than 300 delegates involved in port operations in the UK and Europe are expected to attend.

Speaking at the 2019 BPA Conference, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, Michelle Handforth, said: “Hosting next year’s BPA Conference is a great honour, and we are really looking forward to welcoming so many delegates to the city next year.  Aberdeen and the surrounding region have so much to offer for business events – not least the outstanding new conference and events centre – and this is a unique opportunity to showcase the many positive business and cultural aspects of the city.

“The annual Conference is a valuable opportunity for all those involved in port operations to discuss the variety of challenges faced by UK ports, and share lessons learned.   

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, said: "We are delighted to be heading to Aberdeen next year. The new south harbour has been an exciting development for industry and we are looking forward to seeing it completed. Aberdeen Harbour was a founding member of the British Ports Association and the city’s maritime heritage is as strong as any. The environment, climate change and energy will all continue to grow in importance as challenges for ports next year and this annual gathering provides a chance for the industry to share ideas on how to tackle them."

To register your interest in the 2020 Conference and to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.bpa-2020.com or contact Stephanie Flynn, s-flynn@aberdeen-harbour.co.uk