Dock infos N°97, october 2015

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Proper dialogue between cities, ports and economic operators is more vital than ever

Dock infos N°97, october 2015With fluctuating freight rates and the threat of overcapacity, recent orders for giant container ships by multinational maritime operators are raising concerns. The successive global or regional crises that have hit our development model, heavily dependent on sustained growth in mass consumption, reflect the urgent need for new sustainable development strategies. So what exactly is the thinking behind these shipowner strategies?

In its conclusions, the working group set up by the OECD to look at the issue noted that the expected benefits for our ports and communities are far from apparent. The costs of building the infrastructures needed to accommodate such large vessels are often considered prohibitively high. The impacts on regional port organisation, environment and mobility are frequently described as disastrous for economic development based on responsibility and solidarity. Our organisation cannot ignore this debate. We will make our voice heard in the discussions that are now beginning on this maritime shipping trend. The local interests of every port region and city cannot be divorced from the global challenges we now face. Proper dialogue between cities, ports and economic operators is more vital than ever.

Philippe Matthis
President of AIVP

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