Press Release – MedPorts meeting in Civitavecchia – Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale – November 27, 2018
On 26th and 27th November 2018, the Executive Committee and the Port Authority of Civitavecchia were held in Civitavecchia, at the headquarters of the Harbor System Authority of the Central-Northern Tyrrhenian Sea. General Assembly of the MEDPorts Association.
The twenty member ports of the Association have gathered in order to evaluate the general progress of these first five months since the foundation of the Association, which took place last June 27 in Marseille.
The participants in the General Assembly approved the 2018 activities report and set the priorities for 2019 for the six MEDPorts technical committees.
The main operational objectives will focus on the use of the single customs window, on the promotion and development, through the exchange of experiences, of technologies aimed at reducing emissions into the atmosphere and the noises generated by ships, on international visibility through constant communication and constitution of a training program that also involves the training institutes of the port operators.
All the members of the MEDports Association reaffirmed their commitment to greater cooperation in 2019, which will see the entry of three new members such as the port of Cartagena, the Association of Ports of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Association of Ports of Morocco.
During the meeting chaired by the president of the Port of Marseille, Madame Cabau, on 26 November, and by the President of Majo on the day of 27 November, it was decided to organize the next assembly and forum of the association in June in Marseille and to schedule and schedule numerous international meetings for 2019, including one with the Coordinators of the European corridors, and an official presentation in the autumn to the new European institutions in Brussels.
“I wanted to thank”, emphasizes Majo, “all the members of the Association who have intervened in our port especially for the work done in these few months since the birth of Medports of which the port of Civitavecchia is an integral part through the activity and the constant contribution that the offices of this AdSP are they providing.”
“I wanted to emphasize in my speech, how important it is for the Association to pursue environmental sustainability issues, of which the port of Civitavecchia is an example through all the activities it has put in place in recent years and I hope that the ports of Medports will soon be able to identify common policies and actions aimed at reducing harmful emissions in ports, accompanied (as has been done by this Authority) by incentives in favor of those shipping companies that will equip themselves with technologies aimed at significantly reducing these emissions.”
“In this respect, I have illustrated the Protocol according to which three shipping companies (GNV, Grimaldi group and Tirrenia) have voluntarily agreed to reduce the sulfur content in the fuel, in addition to the limits already prescribed by law, and this already before the entry of their ships into the port of Civitavecchia. This Protocol, together with those already existing for a long time to protect the Venice lagoon, could also be shared by other ports that are part of Medports.”
“MEDPorts continues to collect new members, enhancing the representativeness of the Mediterranean port community”, declares the president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), Pino Musolino.
“It’s a strong signal that demonstrates the growing importance of the Mediterranean as a gateway to global businesses involving Asia, Africa and Europe. Our collaboration must serve not only to share good practices and solutions, but also to foster an awareness of the role of Italian and Mediterranean airports, which must return to be protagonists in the routes of the future.
“In this regard, it is necessary to regain an adequate role also in institutional settings. For example, remember that the EU is preparing to refinance the TEN-T development project: there are over 30 billion euro available and it is necessary that the ports of southern Europe are held in due consideration. Not only that, in order to cope with the new development scenarios, we need to look outside the borders of the EU and provide support for collaborative projects with the ports of North Africa and the Near East, as nodes fundamental in the development of European logistics chains.
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