Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
On 1 March the ESPO* Award on Societal Integration of Ports was announced as the competition entered its eleventh in the series.
The theme of this year is Transparency and the Role of Social Media in Reaching out to Local Community”.
The ESPO Award 2019 will go to the port authority that has developed a successful strategy to reach out to the local community and is succeeding in directly communicating with port citizens.
Using social media as a new way of communication and demonstrating a high level of transparency about operational achievements, future strategies and environmental challenges and performance is becoming increasingly important for European ports who can only function and further develop if they receive the licence to operate with local citizens.
Direct and transparent communication must make it possible for every citizen to follow the port in its successes and challenges. Moreover, it allows the dialogue with the citizens and, ideally, makes every citizen an ambassador for its port.
Innovative projects since 2009
The ESPO Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve societal integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award aims to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.
Project submissions have to reach the ESPO secretariat by 28 June 2019 at the latest. The application form and the terms of reference are available on the ESPO Website here: www.espo.be
The eleventh ESPO Award will be formerly presented during an Award Ceremony and Dinner, which will take place in November in Brussels.
As ESPO say in their recent announcement: ‘Is your port successful in reaching out in a direct and transparent way to the port citizens?
‘Submit your project for the ESPO award 2019!’
The Port of Rotterdam won the ESPO Award in 2018, see illustration here.
Previous winners of the Award are the Port of Gijón (2009), the Port of Helsinki (2010), the Ports of Stockholm (2011), the Port of Genoa (2012), the Port of Antwerp (2013), the Port of Koper (2014), Port of Dublin (2015), BremenPorts (2016) and Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes(2017).
For more information readers are invited to visit: www.espo.be
*European Sea Ports Organisation
In one year the new Stockholm Norvik Port will open. This was reported in a statement from Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited at the end of April. At the time the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden had arranged a seminar (illustrated) in the heart of Stockholm together with The Ports of Stockholm and Hutchison Ports in order to highlight the benefits the new port will deliver for Swedish businesses.
Shipping in the Stockholm region is to undergo big changes in the near future future. The Ports of Stockholm are building a new port – Stockholm Norvik Port – that will open in May 2020. This will be a deep water port, a game changer in the Baltic Sea area. The container business will be operated by Hutchison Ports, it is understood.
In the words of Torborg Chetkovich, Chairperson Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in Sweden: ‘The cooperation between Hutchison Ports and Ports of Stockholm is an excellent example of how to create value for its customers, employees and the society at large. The Chamber´s role is to promote business between Hong Kong and Sweden. A seminar like this is an example of how we want to promote successful cooperation between Hong Kong and Sweden.’
A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping cut maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change.
The illustration published here shows the new solar-powered LED lights erected in the port of Honiara, Solomon Islands. Their operation helps the port meet IMO maritime security requirements.
These lights are also an ideal example of how a global project, through regional centres, can help individual countries’ ports and shipping sectors improve energy efficiency, cut emissions and clean up local air quality. This was the approach outlined in a media briefing issued by IMO on 15 May.