Jean Pierre Lecomte, President of AIVP

DUB_JPL_tailleOKJean Pierre Lecomte is a professional in the freight transport and port industry. During his career with the SAGA Group, until 1993 he was president and CEO of Jokelson SA, shipping agents, and also Setrec, a road haulage firm. From 1993 onwards, he took on a number of senior roles, particularly in the fields of marine insurance and freight transport. He also became a prominent figure in the economic life of Le Havre with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the UMEP (port and maritime federation) and the Union Patronale de la Région Havraise (employers’ union, part of Medef). In addition, he has been an advisor to the Banque de France’s Le Havre branch, and an economic and social advisor to the Upper Normandy region. In 1998, he was elected president of the Port of Le Havre, a position he held for over 10 years. He was appointed president of AIVP in 2009.

Belfast: the Titanic, a facility for the maritime and port culture

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JameEyre_tailleOKBelfast’s Titanic Quarter is one of the world’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects. Master-planned over 185 acres on the site where RMS Titanic was designed and built, Titanic Quarter is redefining what it means to work, live, play and stay in central Belfast.
Reflecting the achievements of history with the latest design approaches, Titanic Quarter’s futuristic mix of residential, commercial, tourism, education and retail space has provided Belfast with a new urban quarter.
With 145,000 sq m already completed, 90 companies on site and around 5,000 people already living and working in the area, this ambitious scheme will ultimately provide homes and employment for 50,000.
From major film productions to leading-edge R&D, the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction and Belfast’s most desirable residential development complex, Titanic Quarter is an internationally acclaimed, once-in-a-generation opportunity.

James Eyre BSc (Hons) joined the team in Titanic Quarter Ltd in August 2006 and is responsible for the delivery of the Titanic Group’s development projects, management of the Group’s assets and the estate management of Titanic Quarter.
Prior to joining Titanic Quarter Ltd, James was a Director of McCormick Properties plc, responsible for the planning and implementation of both residential and commercial schemes.
James is a graduate of the University of Ulster and continues to maintain contact with the University as a guest lecturing regularly to a suite of real estate programmes.


Owen P Keegan, Dublin City Council Chief Executive

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OwenKeegan_tailleOKOwen P Keegan was appointed as Dublin City Council Chief Executive, in September 2013 having served as County Manager of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from February 2006. Before joining DLRCC he worked for Dublin City Council, where he was Assistant City Manager and then Director of Traffic.
Prior to October 1993 he worked as an economist for DKM Economic Consultants/Davy Stockbrokers. He has also worked in the Department of Finance, the ESRI and for two periods in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Mr Keegan is from Dublin. He holds degrees in public administration, economics and civil engineering.

Dublin City and its Port

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RQ photo _tailleOK2Dublin has always been a port city. Indeed, the port itself came before the city, just over twelve hundred years ago. The city grew in and around the activities of the port and it seagoing traffic. The community of Dubliners were all, directly and indirectly, linked with the life of what was soon to be the largest port in the north west of Europe.
Through the next seven centuries, as Dublin grew, the river Liffey was central to the City of Dublin and port activity was the daily scene for citizens on either side of the river. But as shipping modernised the size of trading vessels increased and so began the slow but inexorable movement of the port down river to deeper moorings. In time, port workers and their communities followed and became detached, slowly separated from the rest of Dubliners.
In 1988/9 Ireland, with Government leadership, decided to establish a financial services industry to take advantage of the liberalisation, worldwide, of financial markets. The land left behind by the down river movement of modern port activity, was for the first time in over 250 years reconnected with the rest of the Capital.
In 1997 the government established the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to further develop this area. Its work has been a great success. The old port, established by Vikings twelve hundred years ago, is now home to many new and peaceful invaders working in a place that the locals call Silicon Docks!

Ruairí is a T.D. for Dublin South-East and has been a public representative since 1974. Before entering public life, Ruairí was an architect and town planner. His depth of experience and political acumen is extensive, having served as a Minister in six different Departments, including as Minister for Finance from 1993-1997, and as Leader of the Labour Party between 1997 and 2002. He was director of elections for Mary Robinson’s Presidential Campaign in 1990 and is currently Treasurer of the Party of European Socialists. He was Minister for Education and Skills from 2011-2014 and is widely recognised as being one of the most reforming ministers in this portfolio since the foundation of the state where he oversaw a change agenda that spans all areas of education.


Claire Byrne – Conclusion

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DUB_ClaireByrne_tailleOKClaire Byrne is a Radio and TV Broadcaster with the national service provider RTÉ where she specialises in current affairs programmes.
Claire presents the brand new show Claire Byrne Live on Monday nights on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now.  The hour-long current affairs programme features a live studio audience, along with a new set, graphics and some additional features.  Previously she was part of RTÉ’s flagship current affairs programme Prime Time which brings in-depth analysis of current issues and topical reports for two years.
Claire currently hosts a current affairs programme on Saturday afternoon called Saturday with Claire Byrne on  RTÉ Radio 1. The topical current affairs show questions agendas and dissects the week gone by along with debating the likely issues of the week to come. She joined the Morning Ireland team on RTÉ Radio 1 as one of the core presenters in the Autumn 2013. Morning Ireland is broadcast each weekday morning and is the top rated radio programme in the Republic of Ireland with an estimated listenership of 467,000 by the Joint National Listenership Survey.
She has also presented The Marion Finucane Show for an extended period and anchored the political show, Late Debate in the run up to the election and also News at One.  
A native of Mountrath in County Laois, Claire began her broadcasting career in radio and worked for the BBC in the Channel Islands as a broadcast journalist before becoming News Editor with a Channel 103FM.

Ecological restoration in the Port of Huelva

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Rocío López Picón_TailleOKThe city of Huelva is located on the estuary of the rivers Tinto and Odiel. Its urban development is concentrated along the left bank of the river Odiel, where the infrastructure of the Inner Harbor is located, as well as facilities of an important basic chemical industrial complex settled since the 1960s. This left bank of the Odiel river forms part of the Service Area of the Port of Huelva, and consists of marshes, dunes and river beaches that since the industrialization have suffered serious environmental degradation.
In order to environmentally restore the area and to promote the social use and the integration of the Harbour in the city of Huelva, the Port Authority of Huelva is undertaking various actions of social and ecological restoration in a stretch of five kilometers on the left bank of the river Odiel. Such actions are: the environmental restoration of marshes, dunes and beaches deteriorated over four kilometers, and the creation of a riverwalk of one kilometer in the most deteriorated marshes which are closer to the city of Huelva. The goals of the project have been the following:
– Diversification and conservation of protected habitats and species of high environmental interest, included on some European red lists.
– Enhancement of the natural resources of the area.
– Improvement and diversification in the functionality of the marshes due to the construction of an infrastructure adjacent to and above the marshes that connects the city of Huelva and the Port.
– Stabilization and restoration of the marshes.
– Erosion control in areas of low marsh.
– Environmental information.
After environmental monitoring studies, it is possible to show that the project has recovered with great success both, the ecological functions of the marsh ecosystem and the influx of citizens and tourist to the area. The project budget was 27 million €.

Rocío López Picón : Phd (DEA) Environmental Engineering, Master´s Degree in Environmental Science, with additional training in Environmental Management Systems, Audits, languages and specific applications.
I am specialized in environmental management in the port-industry sector where I have been developing my functions since 2004, specifically for the Departments and Areas of Port Operations, Infrastructures, Port Public Domain, and Strategy in the Port Authority of Huelva, the largest Port in Spain.
I have developed and worked on projects related to environmental monitoring, the monitoring of air quality, spills, pollution of soils and projects waste management, environmental and landscape restoration, and pollution prevention.
I have also conducted monitoring environmental impacts and aspects related to port operations, construction of major infrastructure, port facilities – Industrial located in the Port of Huelva, as well as managing the Port Public Domain.
The intervention in the management of environmental incidents, the managing of the environmental risks and the development of manuals, procedures and work instructions for environmental management system, are also important issues developed in the Port of Huelva. Many of these projects have been published and exhibited in various national congresses.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke

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ChristyBurke_tailleOK2Lord Mayor Christy Burke was elected the 345th Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual City Council meeting held in City Hall on Friday 6th June 2014.
First elected to Dublin Corporation in June 1985, Christy is one of the longest serving Councillors on the Council.
Formerly a member of Sinn Féin, he is now an Independent Councillor representing the North Inner City Ward on Dublin City Council.
He is a member of the Inner City Helping Homeless group and in a personal capacity he provides alcohol addiction services. He is also a big fan of Dublin GAA and supports Dublin Footballers whenever he can.
His priorities for his term as Lord Mayor are:
•    Work to improve housing provision
•    Assisting the Homeless of Dublin
•    Improving services to those with disabilities
•    Tackling the challenge of illegal dumping
•    Erecting a statue of Luke Kelly

Working waterfronts: From South Africa to the United States and the rest of the world

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DUB_charlier_tailleOKThe urban waterfront concept was introduced in the eighties by the Washington DC-based Waterfront Center, and a high number of such waterfronts can be found in North America. A series of these will be briefly presented in the central part of the paper, including the most diversified of these, Los Angeles (San Pedro), whose potential is probably the highest. Before this, to make a link with the situation dealt with by the keynote speaker, we will take an in-depth look  a the most iconic of the world’s working waterfront, Cape Town, to identify the main ingredients of successful working waterfront and to see how they combine. In the third, final part of the presentation, we will turn to a few other worldwide examples, to show how diverse and unique are the combinations encountered between these ingredients, that make working waterfront different from conventional waterfront, where the main concern is just access to the water for leisure, with no other economic dimension.

As a research professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Dr Jacques Charlier a written extensively in the last forty years about ports and maritime transports, especially about containers, cruises and waterfronts. He started studying European seaports, and he extended thereafter his scientific investigations to North American as well as African, then Asian ports and waterfronts, with more than 125 papers and book chapters.
Besides lecturing in Louvain-la-Neuve and in an interuniversity MA degree in transports and logistics in Brussels, he had visiting positions at the Sorbonne Universities in Paris and Abu Dhabi. And in 2000 as well as in 2012, he was also the President of the Belgian Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences. He attended the very first IACP conference in Le Havre in 1988, and has co-operated with the association since these early days, including as the one of the authors of one of its reports in 2006 about best practices on some European waterfronts.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

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DUB_PascalDonohoe_tailleOKPaschal Donohoe is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He was appointed to office on 11th July 2014.
He was first elected to Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives) in 2011, where he topped the poll in Dublin Central. He served as Minister for European Affairs from 2013 until 2014. Prior to his election, he was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011. He served as a member of Dublin City Council from 2004 to 2007.
Prior to his appointment as Minister for European Affairs, he was Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.
During his time as a member of Dublin City Council, he served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Stategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman to the Central Area Committee.
Paschal Donohoe is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College, where he obtained a degree in Politics and Economics and has attended St Declan’s CBS, Cabra.