Interview : Aurelio Martínez, Presidente, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, España
The Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia is member of AIVP since 1997.
AIVP – Mr Martínez, you were appointed President of the Valencia Port Authority last August. In October you announced the creation of a Territorial Integration Committee which will include the Mayors of the three cities involved in port activities, Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía. This decision is in itself a strong, powerful message. Can you tell us what lies behind the decision to create this committee? What need(s) is it intended to meet, and what do you expect of it?
Aurelio Martínez – Port/city relations in any city or any large port tend to be complex. There are always issues which need to be discussed: transport, access, the location of different port activities, etc. I felt that, to speed up consensual handling of these issues, it would be a good idea to create an advisory committee to study and analyse what solutions would be most beneficial for both parties, port and city, which when you come down to it represent the same people – the city’s population. This is best done from a multidisciplinary angle and with the participation of all the city councils involved. Cities should be proud of their ports and the potential they offer. To generate this pride, ports must involve their cities in their activities. Port and city together should seek compatible activities to bring out these elements of which they can be proud.
Interview : Hugo BORELLI, Vice-President of the AIVP, President of the Consorcio de gestión del Puerto de Bahia Blanca.
To “Plan the City with the Port” and ensure a lasting relationship between the two, Hugo Borelli believes that port master plans need to be coherent with the city’s own development, and ports need to keep citizens constantly informed whilst remaining attentive to their concerns and interests.
Interview: Mario GIRARD, Vice-President of the AIVP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of Quebec
When asked how to successfully “plan the City with the Port” – from the title of AIVP’s guide of good practices published last June – Mario Girard’s response contains two major recurring themes: prioritising collective interests over individual interests, and treating dialogue with the entire community as a means of returning the port to its rightful place.
Interview of Prof Dr Michele ACCIARO, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Hamburg
“Ports and cities have for many centuries lived in a symbiotic relationship. Industrialization has often increased conflict and in many cases required the port to move away from the city. A better account of the environmental and social dimension within port management can bring the port and the city together again and help them prosper together and strengthen each other.”
Interview: Philippe JOSCHT, Head of the Water, Sea and Rivers Department (DTecEMF) at Cerema, the Centre for Research and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility and Development.
The role of the Water, Sea and Rivers Department, which has replaced the former “Cetmef”, is to provide expertise on all water-related issues. Its work covers studies and expert analysis, research, knowledge capitalisation and transfer in the field of water. Since 2011 it has organised the Port of the Future National Conference, with which AIVP has been involved on several occasions.
Interview: Philippe Matthis, President of the AIVP, Deputy General Manager of the Port of Brussels
The AIVP published last June a Guide of Good Practices untitled “Plan the City with the Port”. Since then it has been widely disseminated and subject to numerous demands. We therefore found it appropriate to come back here to the many challenges this Guide is addressing and discuss them with the President of the AIVP.
Interview: Joan Basora Robert, Corporate Development Manager, Port of Tarragona, Spain
The Port of Tarragona is Spain’s fourth largest and handles a diverse range of goods traffic. It also houses a major petrochemical complex. Besides the industrial-port dimension, this Catalan port is also following a policy aimed at developing the cruise business and harbours genuine ambitions of integrating the city with the port.
Interview : Etienne Naudé, Head of Strategy & Development at Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (GPMB)
The port of Bordeaux reported that the ship repair yard of the “Bassins à Flot” had welcomed its first vessels. The presence of this ship repair activity at the heart of “Bassins à flot” project can be seen as a reflection of the commitment to maintaining an active port as part of this major urban redevelopment.