The United Kingdom Major Ports Group Limited (UKMPG) is the trade association representing most of the larger commercial ports in the United Kingdom. It has nine members who, between them, own and operate 41 ports and 2 terminals which account for over 70% of the tonnage handled in UK ports.
The function of UKMPG is to represent the interests and concerns of its members to policy makers and opinion formers in the UK and Europe, on those areas of Government or EU policy which affect the industry. UKMPG is a company limited by guarantee. Its affairs are managed by a Board comprising one representative of each member port group , usually at Chief Executive-level.
Two of UKMPG’s members – the Ports of Belfast and London – are trust ports; as such, they are independent statutory bodies without shareholders. The remainder are private companies with different ownership structures. Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd (ABP) is owned by a private company – Admiral Acquisitions (UK) Ltd. PD Ports is owned by Brookfield Asset Management and Forth Ports Ltd by Arcus Infrastructure Partners and Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd is a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, which is quoted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. DP World is an international group operating in some 30 countries. Peel Ports and the Port of Bristol are privately owned.
Almost all the remainder of the UK ports industry is represented by the British Ports Association (BPA). UKMPG and BPA collaborate on many issues of shared interest, particularly in the marine and environmental fields. Both trade associations share offices. UKMPG is the joint owner with the BPA of Port Skills & Safety, which covers safety and training matters across the whole of the industry.
UKMPG is an active member of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the association which represents European seaports in Brussels. We are also members of Maritime UK, an association of organisations from across the UK ports, shipping and maritime business sectors working together and speaking with a single voice on key issues of joint concern.
UKMPG is also a member of the Seabed User and Developer Group, which represents the interests of business sectors participating in the sustainable development of the seabed round the UK.
Details of UKMPG’s members and the ports which they own and operate are shown in the ‘List of Members’ section. Copies of recent UKMPG press releases, policy statements and responses to important consultation papers can be found in the ‘Published Documents’ section. Further information about the UK ports industry and the policies which UKMPG seeks to promote are set out in the relevant sections.
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