In addition to the various ways in which the Port can be involved in the life of the City, as outlined above, there are a number of practices that can promote better knowledge of the port:
– the organisation of events and “port days/weeks”. There are many examples of this type of event (Antwerp, Brussels, Valparaiso, Le Havre, etc.). When organised repeatedly, they can become a forum for regular interaction between the port and population;
– organising guided tours, by boat to provide a different perspective, closer to the ships and the port facilities, and/or by bus with tours starting from points close to other tourist locations in the city. The creation of pedestrian promenades or cycle paths with access to natural or artificial viewpoints: building viewing platforms, access to roof terraces on certain warehouses, etc.
– creating “port centers”: more ambitious than mere port museums, the port center concept is based on an interactive approach that enables visitors to learn about the day to day life of the modern port, while educating a wider audience and introducing young people to a whole range of potential future careers.
The Port of Bilbao runs “Know your port”, a programme of port tours for children aged 10 to 15 living in the Basque region. Educational materials are provided to teachers, enabling them to prepare for the tour and continue working in the classroom on what the pupils see…Read more...
In Lorient, the Science and Maritime Centre (Espace des Sciences / Maison de la mer) has for many years been developing educational resources and actions in the maritime field. These include the “port study classes” created in 1990,…Read more...
Port Center Network
AIVP is an active supporter of this social integration-oriented approach, through the « Port Centre Network » initiative launched in 2011. The Missions Charter of a Port Center, published in 2013 by AIVP and the founding partners of the Port Center Network (PCN)…Read more...