Wednesday 28 June 2017

Welcoming reception

Welcoming speech by Luc Lemonnier, Maire du Havre
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.

From 8:15

Registration of the delegates. Distribution of the working documents

Welcoming speech

Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP
Antoine Rufenacht, Founding President of AIVP, Former Mayor of Le Havre

Extraordinary General Meeting

Amendment to Article 5 of the Articles of AIVP: creation of a new “temporary member” category

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


The AIVP Days will be led by Yann Alix. Yann is Chief Executive of the Sefacil Foundation, a think tank which studies forward-looking ideas for maritime, port and logistic strategy. Yann holds a PhD from Concordia University (Canada) and a doctorate in transport geography from the University of Caen (France). In addition to carrying out analyses of the managerial strategies of international shipping and port operators, Yann also works as Head of Marketing & Strategy for SOGET SA, the Port Community Systems market leader.

From 13:15

Registration of the delegates. Distribution of the working documents

Official opening

Luc Lemonnier, Maire du Havre, France
Hervé Martel, Président du Directoire, Haropa Port du Havre, France
Léa Lassarat, Présidente, CCI Seine Estuaire, France
Philippe Matthis, Président de l’AIVP

Key Note Speech

Desvignes_80_120Inessa-Hansch_80-120Michel Desvigne, Paysagiste, Paris, France
Inessa Hansch, Architecte, Paris, France

Michel Desvigne is a landscape architect internationally renowned for his rigorous and contemporary designs and for the originality and relevance of his research work. He has developed projects in more than twenty-five countries, where his work helps in highlighting the landscapes and rendering them visible, in understanding the mechanisms at work giving them form, and in acting upon these mechanisms in order to transform the landscape and imbue them with meaning. In 2011, he received France’s Grand Prize for urbanism for his continual contribution to and reflection upon the city and larger territory. In 2014, he was awarded the European Prize for Urban Public Space for his restoration project of the Old-Port of Marseille.
A graduate of the ESA Saint Luc institute of design in Brussels, Belgian artist and Inessa Hansch founded her agency in Paris in 2007. She creates bespoke urban furniture to simple and rigorous principles, collaborating closely with architects and landscape designers early on in the creative process, with the aim of anchoring each built form into its environment to reveal the site’s specific character and true potential. A prime example of this approach is the test garden on Seguin Island in 2010, created by MDP (Michel Desvigne Paysagiste). Inessa Hansch is currently designing gateway structures for the former steelworks of Belval (Luxembourg), which has been converted into a university campus. Since 2014, she has run a workshop on the development of public spaces at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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

Coffee break

Panel 2: Le Havre, territorial appeal and the Port-City relationship

One of the peculiarities of a port city is that it lies on the geographical boundary where the maritime space meets the onshore hinterland. From the “port triptych” concept popularised by Professor Vigarié, to global value chains, the port and its city continue to be testing grounds for international trade. The inseparable pairing is a testament to historic changes, is firmly anchored in the competition of today’s world, and must anticipate the shape of the future. Competitiveness, reliability, and agility go hand in hand with efficiency, flexibility and dexterity.
The appeal of our region is reflected in a sense of community spirit and a collaborative approach. The way we manage talent is every bit as important as the way we manage goods. Our attractiveness is the result of an equation between:
– The component parts of the logistical-port ecosystem;
– The articulations of a genuine metropolitan strategy; and,
– The intrinsic ability of the local population to generate added value, innovation or cultural value.
The appeal of Le Havre and the surrounding area is becoming essentially “glocal”. There is a constant back-and-forth between local interests and global competition.
The AIVP Days in Le Havre on 29 and 30 June are a reflection of that originality, which is defended, animated and reinvented through a succession of strategies, opportunities and festivities such as the 500th anniversary celebrations. From the pioneering vision of Minister Rufenacht with the creation of AIVP in 1988, to the events marking the 500th anniversary of the port city. From the maritime campus to the local agglomeration committee’s digital city. From the strategies of the Seine-Estuary Chamber of Commerce & Industry, to the Smart Port and Smart Logistics ambitions of GPMH. There is a real collective energy and drive to enhance the appeal of our port city.
This session aims to highlight the intensity of the productive network that makes a region attractive, a crucial requirement in the face of fierce new competition in France and Western Europe.

Round table with the participation of :

Florent Saint Martin, Adjoint au Maire chargé de l’Urbanisme, Ville du Havre, France
Thomas Malgras, Directeur du GIP Le Havre 500 ans, France
Anne Coste de Champeron, Directrice Générale Adjointe, Communauté d’Agglomération du Havre, France
Fabienne Delafosse, Présidente du club TPE/PME, CCI Seine Estuaire, France
Baptiste Maurand, Directeur Général Adjoint, Haropa – Port du Havre, France


Visit: Le Havre 2017, artistic installations and City Port relationships
Return to the hotels at 19:00 and departure by bus for the official dinner at 19:45

Official dinner “Welcome on board!”

LH_regatesVenue: Palais des Régates du Havre, 1 Rue Maurice Taconet, 76310 Sainte-Adresse

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?

Communities of Port-City interests: yesterday, today, tomorrow
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
Renaud Paubelle, Directeur de l’Aménagement, Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, France

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

Coffee break


Signature of the AIVP Missions Charter of a Port Center by the Port Community of Brussels and the Port of Brussels

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
Raúl 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

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 de la Fondation Sefacil et Responsable Marketing & Stratégie – SOGET, 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!