The just-published document, "Missions Charter of a Port Center," which was drawn up by AIVP and all its partners in the Port Center Network (PCN), defines in 10 points the essential challenges and objectives of any Port Center.
It has been more than three years since AIVP decided to take up the idea of Port Centers, a tool at the service of improved integration between the city, the port and the public. This innovative Charter, fruit of the association's work, has already been adopted in more than seven port-cities which have a Port Center or a Port Center project (Antwerp Havencentrum Lillo, Genoa Port Center, Port Center of Le Havre, Dunkirk Maritime Museum, Houston Maritime Museum, Ashdod Visitor Center, Livorno Port Center).
The initiative has been blessed by other port networks such as ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation) and AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities). The private operator Contship Italia Group, with its Porto LAB project, also decided to support and encourages this commitment.
AIVP hopes it will accompany all those who are interested in opening their ports to the public, making young people aware of port-related professions and activities, and developing the emergence of a living port-city culture. In this way, the founding Members of the Port Center of Le Havre (Municipality, Port, CCI and UMEP -Port and Maritime Union-) signed this morning the Charter just after inaugurating the building which will hosting the Port Center.
Signatories of the Charter include: Vianney de Chalus, President, CCI of Le Havre; Hervé Martel, CEO, Le Havre Port; Edouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre; Jean-Pierre Lecomte, President of AIVP; and François Guerin, UMEP.
Port Name: AIVP - the worldwide network of port cities