WATERWAY WORKSHOPCBOA are supporting the 27th Annual Rail Freight Group Conference on June 4th in London.

All CBOA contacts receive a 10% discount for this event, which covers the following topics:

1. Receive key insight from the Government and Network Rail on their plans for the freight network
2. Explore the challenges and opportunities facing the sector including a focus on the impacts of changing trade patterns and Brexit on the supply chain
3. Receive the latest insight on operators plans for 2019 and beyond
4. Consider the role of rail freight in retail logistics and how rail can remain competitive with road
5. Hear more on the development and delivery of strategic rail freight terminals
6. 3+ hours of networking with senior rail freight professionals

To register please email or call 0207 067 1597 and quote the discount code 375CBOA.


WATERWAY WORKSHOPJoin the ST4W Consortium for a workshop on the 20th February
2019 in Liverpool John Moores University, UK

For more details - click here


The Canal & River Trust, in partnership with the Freight Transport Association and the NSR Interreg Project IWTS2.00, will be hosting a conference on waterborne freight transport for inland waterways on the 10th October in Leeds city centre.

The conference will bring together Port Operators, Freight carriers, logistics specialists and public bodies, and will provide a unique opportunity to look closely at the potential of Inland Waterway Freight Transport in the UK and Europe. The conference will provide the opportunity to also learn about current policy and infrastructure developments that are making inland waterway freight transportation a realistic option for today and the future. The event will include an optional site visit to see a site in Canal & River Trust ownership that has been earmarked for development as an Inland Port at Stourton (Leeds).

If you would like to attend this free event, please register through the weblink below.
Freight by water conference 2018


CBOA will be exhibiting at the Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre on September 12-13 2018 in conjunction with Canal & River Trust. This is a new departure for CBOA and replaces the previous exhibiting at the Multimodal Exhibition (at which the CBOA chairman will anyway continue to speak in their seminar sessions this year).
The exhibition attracts some 20,000 people from the recycling and waste management industry. This covers sectors such as RDF bales (refuse derived fuels) for export, biomass, waste wood recycling, scrap metals and construction waste. All commodities suitable for barge use.
The CBOA stand will be in the Handling & Logistics part of the exhibition, a fitting place to be.

CBOA will be providing industry specific publicity material for this event.

CBOA Chairman David Lowe will be making a presentation at a seminar session on Wednesday 12th September from 11 am to 1130 am. This will be in the Alternative Fuels theatre (17).

In addition to the financial and other support from the Canal & River Trust, CBOA is very grateful for a £1,000 donation towards the exhibition costs which has come from the charitable body: ‘Greening the North’ via a CBOA Associate Member who administers the fund.

CBOA hopes that members will be able to come to the exhibition. The CBOA / CRT stand will be number 5S02 and is in Hall 5 in the Handling and Logistics section. We look forward to seeing and meeting you!


The Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on

The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE

A sandwich lunch will served from 1230 and the meeting proper will commence at 1330. The usual business of the meeting will be conducted, with reports on the year’s activities, finances and other matters. There will be some minor changes to the Constitution for the meeting to consider plus election of committee and officers. Following the official business we welcome guest speakers to give presentations:

Antoon van Coillie (Blue Line Logistics) will describe the company’s flat top barge project, and consider autonomous operation of inland waterway vessels.
Chris Evans (Canal & River Trust) will update the meeting on the Trust’s freight developments including the new wharf at Fleet Lane Woodlesford and the proposed Port of Leeds in Stourton.
Mike Garratt (MDS Transmodal) will explain how the Northern Powerhouse provides exciting opportunities for water freight
Prof Rex Harris will discuss the potential for use of alternative propulsion systems such as hydrogen for inland waterway freight craft

CBOA members are welcome to attend the meeting so please put the details in your diaries now! A formal notice will be issued about one month prior to the event, either in the News or separately.

We are seeking to recruit additional members to serve on the committee – either Full or Associate members are welcome – to provide fresh thinking and share the work load. Please contact the Chairman, David Lowe, for further details:

10th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2018



Date: Tuesday 22 May - Wednesday 23 May 2018
Discount: 352CBOA (10% discount)
Description: Identifying opportunities for growth and delivering port infrastructure to support emerging markets and respond to trade and shipping patterns
Location: Central London, Venue TBC



Benefits of attending include:

• Hear updates from ports on their current work and planned development
• Explore the latest innovations and technology developments, and how these can be used to optimise port operations
• Receive the latest policy updates and explore the impact of these
• Hear detailed case studies on how to plan and deliver port infrastructure
• Consider the possible implications of Brexit for ports on customs and how ports can start to plan accordingly
• Take away the latest insight on changing trade and shipping patterns and explore how these impact on planned development and infrastructure
• Understand the current environmental challenges facing ports and how these can be overcome - including a focus on improving air quality and reducing emissions in ports
• Take advantage of 6+ hours networking with over 150 senior attendees from the ports and shipping sectors

Now in its 10th year, the UK Ports Conference is an essential update for the UK ports industry that brings together senior representatives from across the ports, shipping and maritime sectors to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the port sector, now and in the coming years. Taking place over two separately bookable days, this unique event provides the latest updates on policy issues and current trends, while also exploring port development opportunities and how infrastructure can be successfully delivered.

Visit our website for more information.

How to register: Call 0207 067 1597, email us or register online.

26th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2018



Date: Thursday 19th April 2018
Discount: 348CBOA 10% discount
Description: Securing growth through investment in the UK rail freight sector
Location: Addleshaw Goddard, Central London


Benefits of attending include:

• Explore the growth and development opportunities for freight in 2018 and beyond
• Understand changing trade patterns and the implications for freight
• Hear the latest insight on the investment in rail freight development and planned improvements for rail routes and connections
• Anticipate changing locomotive needs and explore the innovation needed for the rolling stock of the future
• Review the importance of investments in hubs and the development of strategic rail freight interchanges
3+ hours of networking with senior rail freight professionals

Attendees from across the freight industry will explore the support for freight growth in 2018 and beyond, the planned improvements for the network, and review the investment in freight routes and hubs.

Attend to receive the latest updates on changing trade patterns, including the challenges these present and the implications for rail freight, and to discuss the changing locomotive needs and what is needed to create rolling stock for the future.

Visit our website for more information.

How to register: Call 0207 067 1597, email us or register online.