Port cities: prepare for employment

Industries, clusters, trades and territorial strategies

Employment is considered a top priority problem in Europe and throughout the world. Every city, every region is working on strategies to solve it. Productivity gains in ports and international industrial competition also translate into lower job creation in those sectors which have traditionally been linked, directly or indirectly, to port functions. What new activities and sources of employment can port cities and regions invest in to keep their economies growing? How can ports use the renewal of their functions and the diversification of port careers as a basis to promote economic and social change?

Enrico Musso, Former Senator of the Italian Republic, Professor of Economy, University of Genoa, Vice-Presidente, Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni, Director of the “International Journal of Transport Economics”

Round Table 1: Port cities are opening up to the tourist industry: what is their added value?

This first round table will start with presentations by port managers and tourism professionals of the policies applied in port cities in order to benefit from a tourism economy based on the use of port city spaces and port activity:

The nautical cluster of Barcelona, creator of employment and wealth (Spain)

Antoni Vives, Tercer Teniente de Alcalde, Ayutamiento de Barcelona, España

Ports of Rome (Italy): cruise ships, a completely separate economic activity

Lelio Matteuzzi, Dirigente Ufficio del Lavoro Portuale, Porti di Roma del Lazio, Civitavecchia, Italia

The impact of port tourism on the local economy in Hamburg (Germany)

Marina Christensen, Project Manager Marketing and Cruise Activity, Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, Germany

Round Table 2: The planning of the port of genoa, its economic evolution and futur development

Presentation of the Masterplan of the Port

Marco Sanguineri, Direttore della pianificazione, Autorità portuale di Genova, Italia

E-port, the main project for a smart and sustainable port in Genoa

Luciano Boselli, Responsabile del progetto e-Port, Autorità portuale di Genova, Italia

The port of Genoa: a gateway for the North West of Italy

Enrico Beretta, Banca d’Italia

To operate and to invest in a port and in its country: the point of view of the terminal operators

Marco Conforti, President of Assiterminal, Genoa, and Board Member of FEPORT

From port community systems to integrated logistics networks

Alessandro Pitto, Vice Presidente Spediporto, Associazione Spedizionieri Corrieri e Trasportatori di Genova, Italia

Round Table 3: Port cities are undergoing an industrial revolution: what jobs will be created?

This round table will invite three international players in the industrial development of port cities to recount their experiences and initiatives:

Strasbourg (France): towards greener jobs in the port zone

Aurore Mourette, Direction du développement, Chef de projet développement durable,, Port Autonome de Strasbourg, France

The emergence of a bio-economy in Flemish Ports

Toon Colpaert, Regional Port Commissioner, Flemish Government Administration, Brussels Area, Belgium

Cluster approach for social economic development outlines area development of Stadshavens Rotterdam

Arènso Bakker, Managing Partner, STIG BV, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Round Table 4: The port-city logistics hub: what will be tomorrow’s careers?

Logistics and intermodal transport will be the focus of this fourth round table. Three experts and project managers will use their experience to comment on the changes affecting a sector of logistics which is of growing importance for the economic competitiveness of port cities:

The Trilogiport multimodal platform, a tool to serve the competitiveness of the port of Liège (Belgium)

Emile Louis Bertrand, Directeur Général, Port Autonome de Liège, Belgique

Montreal, at the heart of global logistics chains

Sylvie Vachon, Présidente Directrice Générale, Administration Portuaire de Montréal, et Marc Blanchet, Directeur Adjoint en charge du Développement, Ville de Montréal, Québec, Canada

La Spezia (Italy): logistical services, a strength in port development

Federica Montaresi, Head of Studies and Special Projects Unit, Autorità Portuale della Spezia, Italia

Round Table 5: The port-city combines its know-how: what is the spin-off for its territory?

The three speakers at this last round table will talk about the complex economic ecosystem of port cities. More and more, the public and private players involved are regrouping to share their skills and to develop coherent, effective development strategies.

Esbjerg, the Danish energy metropolis

Uffe Lundgaard, Business Consultant, Esbjerg Business Development Centre, Denmark

The port and its territory: the Local economic impact of the Port of Livorno

Francesco Ghio, Promotion, Public Relations and Research-Area Manager, Port of Leghorn, Italia

ChemMed Tarragona, 1st Chemical Cluster of the Mediterranea

Francesc Sánchez Sánchez, Director, Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona, España