With the Port Centers Charter, the people of Marseilles are back at the heart of the port-city relationship!

Published by  19 September, 2017 8:00 am Leave your thoughts

Stakeholders in the territory of Marseilles have turned out in large numbers to sign the AIVP Missions Charter of a Port Center. Marseilles, France’s largest port city, joins the thirteen international port cities that are already signatories. The charter, which was ratified on Thursday 14 September at the Smartcity Forum, centres on the object of opening the port to the city’s population, involving the Port of Marseilles Fos, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseilles, Provence, the Bouches du Rhône Department, the Metropolis of Marseilles, and cities of Marseilles, Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Fos-sur-Mer and Port-de-Bouc.

By the end of 2017, the territory of Marseilles will have two Port Centers in its port-industrial zone, one at Fos-sur-Mer and the other at Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. A third Port Center, in the city of Marseilles itself, is under study. The Port Center of Fos-sur-Mer, already operational, will be modernised completely. The Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône Port Center will be set up close to the container terminals and Fos Distriport.


Strong mobilisation of stakeholders with an expanded signature session on the following day:

The Port of Marseilles also incorporated the signature of other stakeholders in its territory as associates. On 15 September, stakeholders who were taking part in “Concertation Continue” in the docks at Fos also signed a declaration of adherence to the principles contained in the Missions Charter of a Port Center. A dozen of participants were present.



In 2014, the AIVP took the initiative of conceptualising the idea of the Port Center – a tool at the service of improved integration between the city, the port and the public- that has been expressed in an innovative charter already adopted in more than 14 port-cities: Antwerp (Belgium), Genoa (Italy), Le Havre (France), Leghorn (Italy), Montreal (Canada), Ashdod (Israel), Guadeloupe (France), Transnet Port Authority (South Africa), Dublin (Ireland), Lorient (France), Quebec (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), Brussels (Belgium), Marseilles (France). The Port Center is an education and action tool essential for developing a maritime and port culture and contributing more effectively to animation and synergies between all stakeholders: professionals, institutions and citizens.


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