Coastlink is a neutral pan-European network dedicated to the promotion of short sea and feeder shipping, and the intermodal transport networks through the ports that support the sector.

This second instalment of Coastlink Live will focus on Short Sea Feeder Shipping: Navigating through road-freight supply chain challenges. This session will discuss the benefits to moving freight closer to the final destination by sea, alleviating pressure on long-haul road freight and industry wide driver shortages. Find out how short sea feeder services can increase the efficiency of your supply chain.
  • Welcome Address
  • Presentations from three expert speakers
  • Panel discussion with moderator
  • Live audience Q&A
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    Nick Lambert - Chair/Moderator
    Co-Founder & Director, NLA International Ltd
    A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the growing potential of the blue economy concept, the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), maritime connectivity and cyber security, human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector.

    He has a particular interest in the Polar Regions and is also engaged in a variety of situational awareness, fisheries and aquaculture management, marine autonomous systems and vessel efficiency projects.
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    Justin Atkin - Welcome Address
    Port Representative - UK & Ireland, Port of Antwerp
    Born in Lincolnshire (UK), Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Humanities from the University of Humberside (Hull). His first position in the maritime industry was in 1994 when he started working as a Shipping Agent for an independently owned Swedish shipping company. In 2000 he took up the position of Assistant Operations Manager at Associated British Ports (ABP) where he soon became Terminal Manager for the Humber International Terminal and later Head of Operations for Immingham & Grimsby. From 2011 to 2016 Justin was Commercial Manager for ABP’s four Humber ports of Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Immingham as well as Key Account Manager for a number of Group accounts.

    Working as a Consultant since 2016, Justin is an experienced senior manager with a strong operational and commercial understanding of the UK ports and logistics industry, working with a portfolio of corporate companies and SME’s. Justin has been the Port of Antwerp’s Representative in the UK and Ireland since 2018, building relationships with shippers, shipping lines and freight forwarders as well as ports, trade associations and all levels of Government.
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    John Lucy
    Head of International Transport, Road Haulage Association Ltd
    I have over 35 years’ experience in international transport and logistics, specialising in complex international road transport operations to unusual destinations such as North Africa.

    Having gained an MBA at LJMU, I moved from industry into the road haulage representative business association - the RHA, as Head of International Transport.

    Since 2018 I have been heavily involved with industry and various government departments on the impacts of Brexit on cross border road freight. I also head up the new RHA Customs Brokerage offering.
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    Richard Newton
    Commercial Director Logistics at the Port of Tyne
    Richard graduated from Northumbria University in 2001 with a degree in Business Studies with Transport. He subsequently joined the Port of Tyne in 2001 where he held an operational role,
    managing and planning the work for the Port’s container transport fleet.

    In 2005 Richard moved to Northern Ireland where he held roles with LIDL as Warehouse Supervi-sor, & Montgomery Transport as the Scottish Transport Manager.

    Richard re-joined the Port of Tyne in 2007, and since then has enjoyed a number of business
    development and commercial roles that involve the Port’s container, warehouse and transport
    business areas. Richard’s current position is Commercial Director Logistics at the Port of Tyne.

    In his roles, Richard has always had a passion and an interest in short sea shipping & feedering –
    trying to ship goods closer to their point of consumption and minimising the impact supply chains have on the environment.

    Richard holds a keen interest in Coastlink as Port of Tyne were founder members in 2004.
    He commented “I’m proud to have been a small part of Coastlink’s history and look forward to a part in its future.”
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    David Cook
    Group Logistics Manager, TATA Consumer Products
    I have been with TATA Consumer Products in the role of Group Logistics Manager for the past nine years. My prime responsibilities include the procurement of worldwide ocean freight services and the development of improved logistics strategies globally. Previously I have held similar roles in Marks and Spencer, Asda, SC Johnson and Pillsbury (now General Mills).

    I started my career in logistics, working for container shipping lines responsible for landside operations including warehouse & distribution globally and was heavily involved in the development of independent channel tunnel container freight services to France, Italy and Spain when the channel tunnel opened in 1994.