Wednesday 28 June 2017

Welcoming reception

Location: Le Havre City Hall

Thursday 29 June 2017 : General Assembly 2017

LH_carre400Location : The “Carré des Docks” conference centre was inaugurated at the end of 2016. It is equipped to provide exceptionally comfortable conditions for participants. At the heart of Le Havre’s docklands, the redevelopment of which started some ten years ago, it is one of the symbols of the new City-Port relationship.


Welcoming speech by Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP

General Assembly

Financial and management report 2016 / Provisional programe and budget 2017.
Election of the Board of Directors / Election of the Executive Committee


Thursday 29 June 2017 : The AIVP Days
Competing through port-city animation

From 13:15

Registration of the delegates. Distribution of the working documents

Official opening

Léa Lassarat, Présidente, CCI Seine Estuiare, France
Edouard Philippe
, Maire du Havre, France

Hervé Martel, Président du Directoire, Haropa Port du Havre, France
Philippe Matthis, Président de l’AIVP

Key Note Speech

Michel Desvigne, Paysagiste, Paris, France
Inessa Hansch, Architecte, Paris, France

Panel 1: Return on investment for the territory

Coordinating City-Port events and activities has for many city-ports become a key aspect of their development strategy in its own right. Of course, this does not mean they expect direct benefits in terms of port traffic growth, or logistical efficiencies. Return on investment will be measured in terms of the local population’s acceptance of projects, the attractiveness of the region, and the emergence of careers or innovations driven by enterprising young generations.

Round table with the participation of :

Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO, Dublin Port Company, Ireland
Maurice Jansen, STC Group, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Alberto Cappato, CEO, Porto Antico, Genova, Italy

Coffee break

Panel 2: City-Port events to mark Le Havre’s 500th anniversary

Founded by royal decree by Francis I in 1517, the port and city of Le Havre have shared a common destiny ever since. The relationship, at times fraught, has mostly been one of subtle collaboration. One thing is certain: the forthcoming 500th anniversary celebrations will be a joint affair, and an opportunity to amplify and magnify the bonds between City and Port. Including temporary architectural installations and live shows and imbued with a distinctive maritime spirit, there will be a multitude of events to mark the occasion, ushering Le Havre into the future port-city era.


Visit: Le Havre 2017, artistic installations and City Port relationships


Official dinner, “Palais des Régates”, Le Havre

Friday 30 June 2017: Continuation of the AIVP Days



Panel 3: Creating a community of Port-City interests

Bringing together politicians, economic stakeholders and representatives of civil society, and encouraging them to gradually share a common vision of a competitive Port City territory, is a long and delicate process that must continually be reinvented. There must be a response to every potential stumbling block: the competitive positions of certain businesses must be countered with collective strength. Political opposition can be overcome by making clear the benefits of regional coherence. Where certain issues are poorly understood, the remedy is explanation and education. But how can this be achieved? And with what resources?

Hambourg & Rotterdam: industrial culture and City-Port events and activities
Carola Hein, Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Marseille: the principles of on-going consultation on the West port
Christine Cabau Woehrel, Présidente du Directoire, Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, France (tbc)

The Barcelona Nautical Cluster, a tool for the economic Ciy Port animation
Toni Tio, Presidente, Barcelona Clúster Náutico, España

Coffee break

Panel 4: Opening up the City Port interface to the port as a spectacle

There remains much to be done in order to encourage citizens to truly see their port and simply experience and understand it better. This means not just fostering a port-oriented outlook in the city, but also ensuring greater visibility for the port itself through deliberate choices in terms of urban planning and architecture. It also means putting the port in the spotlight as a spectacle by organising events and activities in public spaces, which act as links between the urban and port environments.

La Rochelle: the Maison du Port central to a new connection between the port, its district and the public
Bernard Plisson
, Responsable Mission Développement Durable, Port Atlantique la Rochelle, France

Quebec: a port promenade to integrate and highlight the port’s activities more effectively
Mario Girard
, Président Directeur Général, Administration portuaire de Québec, Canada

Las Palmas: the City Port interface as a vector for restoring the city’s tourist appeal
Esteban del Nero Beneitez
, Subdirector General y Director de la Área de Ordenación Portuaria, Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas, España


Panel 5: Bringing City / Port / Citizen interaction to life

Capitalising on events as a way of bringing the local population closer to the port, forging closer links through intelligent use of social networks and digital resources, promoting innovation with port and maritime hackathons, showcasing the port landscape… all of these ideas offer potential ways to ensure a vibrant City Port dynamic. Far from competing with one another, these actions must be carried out side by side to achieve different but complementary results, forming the basis for a lively everyday City Port environment combining one-off highlights with longer term initiatives.

Valparaiso: a variety of City Port events throughout the year
Raul Erazo
, Director, Empresa Portuaria Valparaiso, Chile

Venice: diversifying events and activities to reach out to all audiences
Federica Bosello, Head of Promotion, Communication and Institutional Relations, Port of Venice, Italy (tbc)

Brest: from the popular festival to the hackathon via the information centre
Gabrièle Kübler
, Responsable de la Mission Projets et Équipements Métropolitains, Brest Métropole, France

Synthesis and conclusions

Yann Alix, Délégué Général, Fondation Sefacil, Le Havre, France


Official closing


Visit by boat: the port terminals of Le Havre (Only on registration). End of the visit at  approximately 18:00. Shuttle bus to the hotel.

Saturday 1st July: Cultural Day

The port city of Le Havre, classified by Unesco as a world heritage site, has reinvented itself repeatedly since its foundation in 1517. In the last few years, the port-city interface has been one of the main drivers of its renewal. In 2017, 500 years after it was built, Le Havre has become one of the French cities which tourism professionals have to discover!