Welsh ports showcased

Welsh Secretary David Jones says he wants to showcase what Wales' ports have to offer during London International Shipping Week in a bid to further grow the maritime industry.

David Jones: Shipping industry 'key engine for growth'

The Secretary of State for Wales says he wants to create further opportunities to grow the Welsh maritime industry as London International Shipping Week continues.

There is no shortage of ambition amongst those in the maritime industry in Wales. I know from my visits to ports across Wales, most recently to Holyhead, that the shipping industry is a key engine for growth in Wales.

I wanted to take the opportunity during London International Shipping Week to showcase what Wales has to offer.

This is an exciting time for the sector and I hope by showcasing Welsh ports to the audiences of London International Shipping Week, we can help create further opportunities for growth.

– David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales

Welsh Secretary to showcase Wales' maritime industry

The entrance to the port of Holyhead Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Welsh Secretary David Jones will host an event to showcase the Welsh maritime sector later as part of London International Shipping Week.

The event aims to bring together representatives from the Welsh maritime industry in Wales, Ministers and other experts to discuss how best to grow the industry.

Maritime services in Wales account for nearly 2% of Gross Value Added (GVA) annually, with Welsh ports moving around 60 million tonnes of cargo.

This is equivalent to just under 13% of the UK's total throughput.