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MedCruise shaped discussions @Naples Shipping Week

MedCruise shaped discussions @Naples Shipping Week - Κεντρική Εικόνα

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MedCruise shaped discussions on the advancement of cruise activities in Italy and the Med during the Naples Shipping Week (NSW), that was held in the Italian port city, from Monday 23 June to Saturday 28 June.

1525660 10152575172038109 4238141681405561484 nInvited by the organisers, Thanos Pallis General Secretary of MedCruise delivered a keynote speech on “Expanding in changing cruise times: Where should a Med port focus”. The intervention took place in the context of the industrial days discussions.

The MedCruise Secretary General focused on regional developments in different cruise regions of the Med a comparative analysis of Italian ports and an assessment of the potential and opportunities created by these trends along with those emerging due to structural developments in the sector. The intervention benefited by the 2013 edition of the MedCruise Statistics report and the raw passenger and cruise calls data provided by ports in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas.

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In another event held during the same week Aimilia Papachristou led MecCruise representation at the Final Conference of Sustainable Cruise Project. In her intervention on “Involving offshore structures and orienting the European legislation of the sector” Aimilia presented the work that was successfully completed by MedCruise in the context of the LIFE+ Project on existing waste reception facilities in MedCruise Ports.

Aimilia also pointed out the importance of Environmental Management for cruise ports highlighting that the development of the European cruise industry is a key pillar of the Blue Growth strategy. She also highlighted that in collaboration with cruise lines Medcruise port members in the Med and its adjoining seas are actively promoting the sustainable practice and profile of cruise activities.

Several MedCruise members attended the Naples Shipping Week – with speakers including Naples Cagliari Civitavecchia Genoa La Spezia Levante Lisboa Venezia – and have the opportunity to discuss with attending cruise lines executives the representative of the association representing shipowners in Europe (ECSA) stakeholders and European and local policy makers – with the highlight of NSW being the presence and intervention of the IMO Secretary General Mr Koji Sekimizu.