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Ports & Maritime

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Ports & Maritime

Britain is a maritime nation, which makes ports and harbours an essential economic sector in an increasingly global world.  In recent years, the sector has undergone radical change and modernisation, with billions of pounds of private sector funding being invested in new and improved ports and maritime infrastructure.  The sector forms a key part of the logistics’ supply chain, and in 2017 contributed nearly £9.7bn to the UK economy on an estimated business sector turnover of £30bn. 

There are significant differences to conventional land and property in terms of law and practical asset management.  Planning and Development may be governed by the National Infrastructure regime, harbour and maritime law will apply to port real estate, and business activities can be affected by HMRC Customs and Border Control regulations.  This is becoming increasingly relevant in the post-Brexit environment. The shift to a net-zero economy is changing the regulatory background, and requiring greater strategic awareness of related infrastructure services. 

Many port operators and their customers are seeking strategic and practical guidance and support to holding and managing property assets in an effective and agile manner, suitable for a fast changing operational environment. 

Portquay Consulting was established by two Chartered Surveyors with extensive expertise gained working directly in the ports sector, as well as wider commercial real estate. The practice is orientated towards advisory work, with key areas being:

Planning and Development
Leases, licences and wider commercial contract support
Strategic guidance
Estate management and related advisory
Expert evidence
Rating 
Energy infrastructure

For further information on how PAI can help you, please contact your local member firm using the dropdown search menu above. For national enquiries, contact:


Ports & Maritime Lead – Nicholas Orbell

Email: nick@portquay.com
Tel: 07557 198222