• #IAPH2023
  • 31 October – 2 November 2023 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Richard Ballantyne

British Ports Association

Chief Executive

Richard Ballantyne joined the British Ports Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive in 2016.

Richard has in-depth expertise in ports, transport, trade and environmental policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative processes around the UK. He is a champion of sustainable development and promotes the role that ports play both in the regions they are based and as national gateways.

He is a director both of Maritime UK and the Scottish Maritime Cluster, a Trustee of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board charity and was previously a Director of Port Skills and Safety Ltd.

Before joining the BPA Richard spent five years at a Westminster political consultancy and was previously an MP’s researcher in the House of Commons.

Richard was also awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours for his services to the maritime sector. 

Sessions With Richard Ballantyne

Tuesday, 31 October

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm (GST) / 31/oct/2023 07:45 am - 31/oct/2023 08:30 am

    Panel: The Role of Ports as Clean Energy Marine Hubs

    Ports will only become part of the maritime energy transition if they can attract the public-private investments needed to create the infrastructure for zero carbon fuels, half of which will need to be transported by ship from the new exporting countries to consumers. Future port energy hubs cannot afford to lose the competition to other land-based centers for producing and disturbing these new energies, otherwise shipping itself will lose access to these fuels. This session explores the role of ports as clean energy marine hubs.