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The UK's shipping minister has taken time this week to meet with politicians in order to discuss the country's ports sector, Port Strategy reports

Mike Penning met with the all-party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group in order to provide an update of the government's policies in this area and stress that ministers are taking the shipping industry seriously.

He declared: "The fact of the matter is, this country won't get out of the economic crisis without it."

The minister provided an update of government strategy in the sector and said it is important to back smaller facilities and efforts to expand and improve infrastructure.

He also stated the government plans to invest further in transportation infrastructure to and from ports, something that may be achieved through private sector money.

As part of plans to expand the UK's shipping industry, Associated British Ports is seeking clearance from the government to press ahead with plans to expand four of its berths in Southampton to enable larger tankers to be accommodated, according to the Daily Echo

Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 20 April 2012 10:10

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