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Cruise 2030 Meets In Palma De Mallorca

Cruise 2030 meets in Palma de Mallorca

Source: PortSEurope
The Cruise 2030 working group, comprising delegations from eight of the major European cruise ports, including Amsterdam, Bergen, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Malaga, Marseille, Palma, met today in Palma de Mallorca, at the headquarters of the Balearic Port Authority of Mallorca – February 7, 2020 The delegates, including the president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), Pino
Musolino, met to renew and formalize their commitment to the “Cruise 2030 CALL FOR ACTION” initiative and established that the main objective it must be the definition of common strategies within which each port can identify a way to support the sustainable development of cruise ships in its territory such as to balance the needs of industry, the environment and the port cities themselves. During the day the conclusions of the study commissioned by the Venetian Authority and conducted by Risposte Turismo on the theme “Towards a new balance between ports, tourist destinations and cruises” were presented. The analysis interprets the data collected in eight European ports and highlights the growth of the cruise industry in recent years, in the context of a global growth in tourist flows, recognizing that there may also be negative repercussions at the local level, such as the environmental impact and the pressure generated by tourists in historic centers. The study indicates that the future of the cruise industry depends on its ability to find a situation of common advantage and for companies and port cities. Among the main topics discussed during the meeting: The definition of initiatives that encourage cruise lines to take action to reduce environmental impacts in ports. Among the measures suggested by the port authorities: the supply on the quay, the use of fuels with a sulfur content of 0.1%, the use of LNG, the reduction of the speed of the ships, the involvement of the entire tourist chain, etc. .The decision to temporarily postpone the entry of new ports into the Cruise 2030 working group.The ultimate goal is to define new standards for a sustainable cruise industry, with particular attention to the needs of the ports and territories in which they are located. The possibility of adopting precise standards for a new type of Europe-class fleet, compatible with the characteristics of European ports.Cooperation on the objectives set must pass through interaction and discussion with local authorities, in a context that makes it possible to govern the various tourist destinations as a whole, rather than through continuous negotiation with the individual institutional actors. The next working group meeting is scheduled for June 2020 and will be hosted and organized by the port of Cannes. CRUISE 2030 CALL FOR ACTION is a working group involving 8 of the main European cruise ports, Bergen, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Malaga, Marseille, Palma de Mallorca and Venice. The initiative was proposed by the port of Venice and launched in October 2019 in order to trigger a positive change in the cruise industry and to outline strategies that support this business in a sustainable and compatible manner with the needs of port cities and territories. The think tank bases its planning on scientific data and intends to play a key role in interactions with the main institutional, industrial and economic actors in order to participate in the definition of the policies that will regulate the future of cruise ports. PortSEurope Note: The first meeting of the Cruise 2030 Call for Action initiative took place in Venice on October 18 and was attended by delegations from the delegations of seven of the main European cruise ports – Amsterdam, Palma de Mallorca, Bergen, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Malaga, Marseille Fos – and a representative of the International Transport Forum was also present as an auditor. The initiative was launched by Pino Musolino, President of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority) to outline common strategies aimed at increasing compatibility between the cruise sector and European urban and environmental realities. The delegations recognized the economic and occupational importance of cruise ship but, at the same time, those present agreed on the need to intervene in a coordinated manner to contain or eliminate the external costs associated with this phenomenon. Some of the issues depend first of all on the physical limits that characterize the European ports which, unlike the Caribbean ones for example, are set in an urban framework of ancient plant of great historical and artistic interest and, therefore, of strong appeal for tourism but, at the same time, also characterized by greater fragility. For this reason, those present agreed to deepen the possibility of designing a ship more suited to the characteristics of the port calls managed and the reference cities. The spaces available to European ports are also more restricted and the risk of congestion due to water traffic and the tourist flow is higher than other ports, located on other continents, where the infrastructures are wider and the access routes they are easier. All this greatly affects the social acceptability of the sector. Nevertheless, those present highlighted how it is necessary to forcefully highlight the true proportions and the relative impact of a sector that is often subject to mystification. The cruise industry, for example, generates tourist flows that are only a fraction of those that reach the various destinations of interest and bring, however, great wealth to the territory. Sensitivity to environmental sustainability is another characteristic shared by all the delegations involved. The European ports involved are trying to reduce as much as possible the impact of the cruises while striving, at the same time, to maintain and relaunch a business that has enormous beneficial economic and employment repercussions for the reference territories. Those present confirmed their interest in seeking solutions in new technologies to further reduce the environmental footprint of cruise traffic, not only at the shipping level but also on the armature side, which includes urban transport, shuttles, taxis, etc. Source: Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale

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