Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Welcoming reception : drinks & canapes / Concert

DUB_AmyMcAllister2Location : The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke welcomes delegates and will give an overview of the history of the Mansion House, the official Mayoral residence.
Welcoming concert with Amy McAlister, harpist.

Thursday, 28 May 2015: GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2015

Location : Dublin Castle, off Dame Street, Dublin 2

From 8:00 ONWARDS

Registration of the delegates. Distribution of the working documents


Welcoming speech by Jean Pierre Lecomte, President of AIVP

Statutory General ASsembly 2015

Financial and management report 2014
Provisional programe and budget 2015
Election of the Board of Directors
Meeting of the Board of Directors: Election of the Executive Committee


Thursday, 28 May 2015: THE AIVP DAYS
“Working Waterfront”: a City-Port mix in progress

DUB_ClaireByrne_60The AIVP Days are animated by Claire Byrne. Claire is a Radio and TV Broadcaster with the national service provider RTÉ where she specialises in current affairs programmes.
Location : Dublin Castle, off Dame Street, Dublin 2

From 12:30 ONWARDS

Registration of the delegates. Distribution of the working documents

Official opening

Official opening by Paudie Coffey T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment with special responsibility for Housing, Planning & Co-ordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy.

“Working Waterfront”: a City-Port mix in progress

The waterfronts of port cities have continued to evolve constantly over recent decades. Exclusively urban recovery strategies, often led by those involved in private and public property development, with a mix of big leisure facilities, have been succeeded by a new dynamic favouring the integration of active port functions into projects for redeveloping urban spaces. This port city dynamic can be seen on the waterfronts today in the form of a search to increase their economic value, as well as urban, social and cultural aspects. Few in number, and in high demand, waterfronts today are becoming strong identifying elements in port cities which are open to the world. They are stressing innovation in their projects and sustainability in their development practices, holding dialogue with their citizens and seeking to reconcile quality of life with economic performance.
“Working waterfront” projects try to reconcile often divergent interests. Their successes, like their failures, often reflect the state of the dialogue between the public actors, private operators and citizens of each port city. Beyond the very wide diversity of projects found – addressing strategies for tourism development and for short-range logistics, problems in reducing port nuisances and the creation of new added value for all – each port city is trying to set itself a new ambition and a new image to demonstrate its modernity in the eyes of the world and of its own inhabitants.

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Phyllis Difeto, Chief Operations Officer, Transnet – National Ports Authority, South Africa

Panel 1: “Working waterfront”: a space oriented towards maritime economy

The waterfront: just a monument to a bygone age of maritime economy and history? On the contrary, a working waterfront offers a whole host of genuine opportunities for economic development, for both the city and port alike. The cruise industry, or the construction and ship repair industries are two examples. So what are the best strategies and solutions for harnessing the full potential of these new growth areas?

Working waterfront: From South Africa to the United States and the rest of the world

Jacques CharlierEnseignant-chercheur, Institut de Géographie, Université de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique

Leghorn (Italy): Azimut Benetti shipyard, strategies and impacts on the port city

Pietro Angelini, Navigo SCARL, Livorno, Italy

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Panel 2: “Working waterfront”: a space of maritime and port culture

Waterfront areas would seem to be the most suitable locations when it comes to showcasing former port activities and organising maritime-themed events for the public. But a working waterfront also provides an opportunity for a deliberate strategy designed to promote the port’s societal integration, ensuring that the local population has the chance to get to know the existing port, and to see how it will look in the future.

Saint-Nazaire (France): « La Loire essentielle », a center for knowledge and to discuss challenges

Sophie Minssart, Architecte Urbaniste, Responsable de la mission Ville Port, ADDRN, France
Gilles Bontemps, Vice-Président du Conseil régional des Pays de la Loire, Président de la Commission Infrastructures, Transports et Déplacements, Nantes, France

Belfast: the Titanic, a facility for the maritime and port culture

James Eyre, Commercial Director, Titanic Quarter Ltd, Belfast, UK

Q&A Round Tables 1 & 2

16:30 Coach to the hotels


Official evening : “gala black tie evening”




Location : Admirals Ball – The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Dresscode : Black Tie

Official speeches:
Paschal Donohoe T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Republic of Ireland
Christy Burke, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland

Friday, 29 May 2015

Technical Tour : Docklands et Port de Dublin

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Panel 3: Port-city projects and challenges in Dublin

After the initial wave of Docklands regeneration in the late 1980s, a new phase is now under way. The Irish government has designated the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock areas as “strategic development zones”, providing wider confirmation – if any were needed – of the vital importance of the Dublin Docklands for both the whole country and for the municipal authorities, which are now in charge of the regeneration project. The port authorities are also fully on-board with the initiative, and this commitment to the joint development of the city and port is reflected in the projects included in the master plan, which forecasts traffic of 60 Mt by 2040.

Docklands Regeneration: Dublin City Council’s new Strategic Development Zone

Deirdre Scully, Project Leader, Strategic Development Zones, Dublin City Council, Ireland

How is Dublin Port Company trying to achieve a “Working Waterfront” in Dublin?

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Port Company, Ireland

Dublin City and its Port

Ruairí Quinn T.D., Member of Irish Government, previously author of the “Dublin Docklands Development” programme

Panel 4: “Working waterfront”: a space for green innovations

The desire to mitigate the environmental impact of port and industrial-port activities is increasingly focused on the search for innovative solutions, which go beyond merely putting in place the necessary protective measures. The solutions targeted are now aimed mainly at promoting sustainable development and anticipating potential impacts, by regenerating biodiversity and capitalising on the co-existence of urban and port functions.

Can a commercial harbor become an efficient fish nursery?

Gilles Lecaillon, Président / CEO, Ecocéan, Montpellier, France

Gothenburg (Sweden): District heating to ships – A new, innovative use of district energy for the future

Jonas Cognell, Senior Program Manager, PMO, Assisting Coordinator, Celsius, Smart Cities, Göteborg Energi, Sweden

Ecological restauration in the Port of Huelva

Rocío López Picón, Técnico Medio Ambiente, Autoridad Portuaria de Huelva, España

Tallinn (Estonia): using tidal energy to heat the Seaplane Harbour Museum

Tiit Poller, Technical Director, Seaplane Harbour Museum, Tallinn, Estonia


Panel 5: “Working waterfront”: a space fitting within its territory

Maintaining or even developing the active port in the immediate vicinity of the city and its residents, requires practical solutions in terms of spatial and functional integration. Without a successful city-port mix, the port’s very economic future and social acceptance are at risk. Consequently, the new movement towards working waterfronts, and the commitment to developing port and city functions within the same territory, are both a necessary requirement and an opportunity to shape a new image for the port city of the future.

The Three Ecosystems of San Diego’s Working Waterfront

Bob Nelson, Port Commissioner, Port of San Diego, USA

Port Masterplan Genoa (Italy): a new step towards the integration of the working port
Paola Giampietri, Project Manager, Port of Genoa, Italy

Delivering for Dover (UK)

Nigel Bodell, Head of Port Development, Port of Dover, UK

SYNTHESis and conclusion


Official closing

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Eamonn O’Reilly
, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Port Company, Ireland
Owen Keegan
, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council, Ireland
Jean Pierre Lecomte, President of AIVP

Saturday, 30 May 2015
CULTURAL DAY: Powerscourt House and Gardens / Guinness Storehouse / Dublin Port Riverfest

Participants are invited to a cultural day which will be organised to discover Dublin, its surroundings and  the Dublin Port Riverfest, great popular event inspired by the port and maritime culture .

Departure from the hotel to Powerscourt House and Gardens, Co Wicklow. Discover of the landscape of the Irish hills.

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Powerscourt House and Gardens.  Visit by foot of this site.
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Transfer to the Guinness Storehouse. Guided tour of Guinness Storehouse including complementary pint of Guinness or soft drink.
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Lunch in Gilroy’s restaurant
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Free time in the Dublin Port Riverfest
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DUB_kaskelotFrom 19:00
Evening reception on board Tall Ship Kaskelot