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Published on 23-05-13

A plan to improve European port operations and onward transport connections at 43 UK seaports has been announced today, as part of an EU-wide initiative to upgrade a total of 319 seaports. The guidelines and proposed legal changes will help Europe's ports face future challenges, enabling port operators to better upgrade their services and facilities, as well as giving them more financial autonomy.

    UK ports identified in proposed EU upgrade

    Some 74% of the goods entering or leaving Europe go by sea, but one fifth of that amount currently passes through just three ports: Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp. This imbalance between port performance results in congestion and extra costs for shippers, transport operators and consumers.

    London, Milford Haven, Southampton and Tees & Hartlepool are among the top 20 EU cargo ports, handling 170.6 million tonnes in 2011.  The top performing EU ports are Rotterdam (370.3m tonnes), Antwerp (168.5m tonnes) and Hamburg (114.4m tonnes).

    The new proposals could save the European economy up to €10 billion by 2030 and help develop new short sea links.

    The proposal must be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states’ ministers before being adopted under the normal legislative procedure.

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