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Portsmouth international port development seminar

Event organised by PIANC

18 June 2024
18:00 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
Portsmouth International Port
International Port (Stand A)
Harbour Offices Continental Ferryport
George Byng Way
Portsmouth, PO2 8SP
United Kingdom
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This evening seminar will focus on recent developments and improvements at Portsmouth International Port, the largest municipal port in the UK. These improvements allow the port to handle more and larger vessels, contributing positively to the local economy. The topics will demonstrate leading aspects of port development, and where engineering and technology contributes to improving trade in an efficient and environmentally sound manner. There will be four speakers, covering the new cruise terminal building, future shore power plans to improve air quality and how the port manages safe navigation and dredging.

Ian Diaper will cover the recent evolution of Portsmouth Port, including cruise berth and terminal improvements, cargo terminal improvements and port greening measures as part of future port master planning.

Matt Spiller will describe the design and construction of the new cruise building at PIP by Knights Brown, which has been built as a large extension to the existing ferry terminal building.

Chris Poyner will discuss ABB’s support to PIP to introduce shore power to the PIP ferry and cruise berths by late 2025.

Ben McInnes will describe how PIP undertake maintenance dredging and provide safe navigation while planning the improvement of the marine access for larger vessels, using simulation and training.

Please note: 

Those attending the event in person will be required to bring a valid photo ID.


Parking is available in the multi-storey car park (more info on getting to the port here). Please pay using the pay machines in the car park. Directions to the terminal building are available in the Downloads section below.

On arrival:

Guests can enter the main terminal and head straight upstairs to the mezzanine. Guests will then be greeted at the entrance to the cruise terminal and presented with a name badge in exchange for proof of ID (driving license/passport).

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PIANC provides access to worldwide trends and challenges in port and waterway development and management.


International Port (Stand A)
Harbour Offices Continental Ferryport
George Byng Way


17:30 - 18:00

Tea, coffee and biscuits upon arrival

18:00 - 18:05

Introduction from Chair, Martin Mannion

18:05 - 18:20

Speaker 1: James Evans, PIP

18:20 - 18:40

Speaker 2: Matt Spiller, Knights Brown

18:40 - 19:00

Speaker 3: Chris Poyner, ABB

19:00 - 19:20

Speaker 4: Ben McInnes, PIP

19:20 - 19:30



Event close, tea and coffee


Chris Poyner

Chris Poyner

ABB Marine and Ports

Shore Connection Manager

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Chris Poyner

With over 20 years experience in the decarbonisation of process industries, Chris now leads the ABB Shore Connection business with a focus on implementing ABBs innovative technologies to not only minimise the environmental impact of vessel calls, but also improve energy efficiency through every part of the process. 
ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.

The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 140 years of excellence, ABB’s 105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation

Ben McInnes

Ben McInnes

Portsmouth International Port

Harbour Master

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Ben McInnes

Ben McInnes, harbour master at Portsmouth International Port, has gained 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry.

A seagoing career of 12 years with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as a deck officer, Ben was active in theatres of war in the Mediterranean and the Middle-East as well as conducting counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Sea and security patrols in the South Atlantic and British Antarctic Territories.

A current Class 1 unrestricted pilot for Portsmouth, Ben has been at the port for 11 years, 3 of which as Harbour Master, overseeing the increase in tonnage, and enabling some of the largest vessels ever to visit Portsmouth, through a thorough risk assessment and simulation process.

James Evans

James Evans

Portsmouth International Port

Head of Operations

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James Evans

With over 30 years’ experience exclusively in the maritime sector, James has extensive knowledge of the ports industry.
After working in every aspect of operations throughout his career, James was recently promoted to head of operations at Portsmouth International Port. Focussing on coordinating complex operations and trade requirements, James is responsible for managing stakeholder needs from the ports main ferry and cruise customers and key suppliers, as well as the delivery of shore-side operations to ensure the port continues to meet industry standards and deliver a high quality service.”


For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi