Following last month's shock ruling against the construction of Dibden Bay container terminal at Southampton, the ports sector is asking: what next?
Some of the marine industry's key players will be thrashing out responses to the Dibden decision at the Sea Work exhibition next week.
Associated British Ports chief engineer George Steele will set out the lessons already being learned.
Sian John, director of antiDibden lobby group Environment UK, and consultant Posford Haskoning principal engineer Tony Parker will debate more sustainable design approaches.
And international navigation association PIANC's UK environmental commission representative Jan Brooke will map out the implications for the ports sector of forthcoming legislation such as the Water Framework Directive and the EU Environmental Liability Directive.
The session will be introduced and debate encouraged by NCE editor Antony Oliver. Expect a lively time.
Sea Work will also showcase the latest in marine technology, with contractors Mowlem Marine, Nuttall, Van Oord, Westminster Dredging, ML, Dean & Dyball, Depret and Land & Water out in force.
Exotic kit will include the 80m long Terramarique transporter, which has been designed and built to take over size loads of UK roads.
Terramarique recently transported the fuselage of Concorde down the River Thames and up the coast to Scotland.