Port operators collectively invest around £500m each year in their communities. This is a substantial contribution to the country’s infrastructure. As a whole, the maritime sector supports over one million jobs and adds £46.1 bln to the UK economy. It facilitates 95% of UK global trade, representing 500m tons or £500bn in value every year, plus 60m passengers.
Mark Whitworth, chief executive of the one of the UK’s largest port groups: “For those not familiar with the industry, ports have evolved beyond all recognition and are a vital source of enablement for the regions they operate within. Our infrastructure acts as a catalyst to incite development in specific economic sectors and locations near ports”
“They create a wide range of business and job opportunities in the wider supply chain, as well as direct diverse employment benefits, through marine activity, cargo handling, ship operations and services, warehousing and processing, land transport, freight forwarding and customs brokering through to technology, infrastructure, government agencies and many more.”
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