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Ports & destinations

French Mediterranean ports exhibiting together at Seatrade Europe

For the very first time at Seatrade Cruise Europe, all the French Med Ports are exhibiting together on the same stand (608) with a surface area of 72m 2 .

A new logo has been launched to help identify the French Med Ports : their strategic goal is to help promote together the navigation area of south of France and increase the cruise call activity in each of the French Med ports.

The stand brings together the following cruise clubs / ports (22 ports in total):

– Var Provence Cruise Club (Fréjus, St-Raphaël, St-Tropez, Le Lavandou, Sanary)
– The ports of Toulon bay (Toulon and La-Seyne-sur-Mer)
– French Riviera Cruise Club (Villefranche, Nice, Cannes, Antibes)
– Marseille Provence Cruise Club (Marseille and Cassis)
– Port of Sete Cruise Club (Sete)
– Corsica Cruise Club (Bastia, Calvi, Rousse Island, Saint-Florent)
– Ports of South Corsica (Ajaccio, Porto-Vecchio, Bonifacio, Propriano)

All French Med ports have expressed their wish to organize a special event during the exhibition: the installation of a bowling alley is planned alongside the stand (coordinated by OBUT), and an invitation is open for all delegates to come and play throughout the show. Two highlights are planned with a challenge-competition at 17:00 on 6 and 7 September, which will allow the lucky winners to win prizes (gourmet baskets provided by the French Med Ports).

New cruise terminal design work gets underway at Port Canaveral

Efforts are underway at Port Canaveral for a new cruise terminal. The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has contracted with CH2M Engineering to provide the waterside design, engineering and support services for Port Canaveral's new Cruise Terminal 3. CPA Commissioners approved the $1.2 million funding for CH2M's project management contract at its June 7 meeting, taking the first step in a two-year work plan to build a state-of-the-art facility able to serve cruise vessels with up to 8,000 passengers calling on the Port. The new terminal will replace one of Port's oldest cruise terminals currently being used for single-day port of call vessels.

"Port Canaveral continues to experience growth in all sectors, and particularly in our cruise business," said Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray. "With 80 percent of our revenue from cruise operations, it's important that we continuously improve our capabilities to meet the current and future needs some of the world's largest, most sophisticated cruise ships."

CH2M will assist CPA is securing permits from various state and local agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Port will invest $150 million for the new terminal, targeted for completion in 2019, which will support an estimated nearly 4,000 permanent jobs, in coordination with the Port's overall modernization and improvement plans, including the Port's channel widening and deepening, and repairs and improvements to cargo piers.

Recognizing Port Canaveral's economic role and responsibility in Brevard County and Central Florida, the CPA has invested $195 million over the last few years in the Port's cruise terminal infrastructure, while remaining steadfast to its charter commitment to provide community access to the Port's parks and recreation facilities.

"The popularity and avid use of the Port's Jetty Park recreation facilities adjacent to the CT-3 terminal, especially the public boat ramps and fishing areas, are very important to the Port," said Port CEO Murray. "The Port's Board of Commissioners has directed that engineering staff make continued public access to these areas a priority, and to ensure before, during, and after construction that boat parking is minimally impacted."

"The new cruise terminal plans absolutely demand that whatever parking area may be encumbered during construction will be replaced one-for-one. The net loss of any parking in that area will be negligible," stated Capt. Murray.

"Beginning with this design phase and on through the building phases, visitors may see engineers, contractors, equipment and Port personnel working in and around the current terminal building and bulkhead. Down the road, it may be necessary to reconfigure some current parking spaces and set temporary limits for day parking at Jetty Park to accommodate construction equipment and crews."

Bermello Ajamil & Partners names Michael Vanderbeek Director, Ports & Maritime

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) has named Michael Vanderbeek as Director, Ports & Maritime. In this new role, Vanderbeek will report to Mark Ittel, Sr. Vice President, Ports & Maritime.

Vanderbeek, who has more than ten years of experience in the ports and maritime industries, joins B&A from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in Boston, MA, where he served as Deputy Port Director for New England’s busiest seaport. In this position Vanderbeek played a leading role in growing Massport’s cruise and cargo volumes by more than 30 percent each, setting new records for both lines of business and increasing Massport’s annual maritime revenue by more than $10 million over three years. Vanderbeek also played a leading role in moving forward several of Massport’s strategic initiatives including the Flynn Cruiseport Boston and Conley Container Terminal master plans.

“Michael is a focused, results-oriented executive who combines solid experience in every facet of port management and marketing with a global perspective and a commitment to effective, sustainable solutions,” said Luis Ajamil, President and CEO of B&A. “He will provide outstanding leadership as B&A continues to build on its prolific, highly successful achievements in this multifaceted industry.”

Previously, Vanderbeek was Director of Business Development at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the 12th-busiest container port in the U.S. and second-busiest cruise port in the world. During his Port Everglades tenure, the Port became the busiest container port in Florida and saw record cruise passenger volumes of more than 4 million.

Earlier in his career, Vanderbeek served in a series of management positions with responsibilities in strategic planning, budgeting, operations, and business development at the Port of Long Beach (POLB), the second-busiest container port in North America. At POLB, he also oversaw administration of Foreign Trade Zone #50 and led economic development initiatives that helped to facilitate more than $86 million in new trade for the region, focusing on small and green technology businesses.

An American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)-certified Professional Port Manager, Vanderbeek also holds professional affiliations with the Cruise Canada New England (CCNE) Alliance and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

MedCruise forms two specialised Working Groups

Following the decision of the 50th MedCruise General Assembly held in Gibraltar, two specialised Working Groups have been formed within the Association - with the aim being to advance the interests of MedCruise member ports and associates.

WG-Studies: Impact of Cruising?LNG facilities

The main focus of this WG shall be the impact of cruising and its measurement, as well as how to best serve LNG vessels.

The WG will be led by Airam Diaz (MedCruise Director, Ports of Tenerife).

WG-Studies will work on defining and monitoring the forthcoming MedCruise study/studies that have been defined during the 50th MedCruise General Assembly, by reviewing the content, the involvement of MedCruise members, the involvement and formal call for expression of interest by any consulting party, and the advancement of the study.

Aiming to understand the precise impact of cruising, and set the records right, the WG will discuss how to take advantage of the experience that a number of ports and destinations have from similar exercises on the measurement of the impact of the cruise activities on ports/cities/destinations. The WG will contribute in orchestrating any data provision from port members, and explore whether and which ports might be asked to do so in a systematic basis.

The WG will also explore how best to develop - potentially in partnership with specific cruise lines, or their association - a project focusing on the way towards LNG facilities in cruise ports, as identified during the recent MedCruise GA.

MedCruise WG-China/Asia: Expanding source markets

This specialised WG will work on the development of the next steps as regards the MedCruise pioneering project aiming to promote a ‘Cruise the Med’ culture in China and the broader Asian market.

The WG will be led by Maria Cano (MedCruise VP, Port of Palamos).

MedCruise is working, since 2015, on an extensive China Marketing Plan to benefit MedCruise ports and destinations. The scope is to take advantage of the fact that the Med and its adjoining seas represent a high degree of attraction, combining different elements such as history, nature, culture and gastronomy, all much appreciated by Chinese tourists.

As part of this strategic plan, beyond the presence at various events in Far East (COTTM; ITB China; Seatrade Asia), MedCruise established a Chinese website and has taken further initiatives aiming to emerge the Mediterranean as the mostly preferred cruise destination among Chinese cruise tourists.

The scope is to now advance the second phase of the project, further promoting in China/Asia the concept that the Mediterranean has numerous advantages over other cruising areas, with its diversity of cultures, peoples, languages and history that make it an attracting cruise destination for Asian/Chinese citizens.

In this context, the WG-China/Asia will take the MedCruise project to its next phase, deciding the best way to move forward.


Global Ports Holding to sponsor the next Global Run in Ravenna, Italy

Global Ports Holding (GPH) has announced its next Global Run event, Maratona di Ravenna Città d’Arte, which will take place on 12 November 2017 in Ravenna, Italy, the latest addition to GPH’s international cruise port operations.

Global Ports Holding will be the named sponsor of the event, which will gather participants from around the world to run in support of cultural tolerance and to enjoy the beauty of Ravenna. “Global Ports Maratona di Ravenna Città D’Arte” will have two tracks featuring a full and half marathon.

This year's event marks the first time that GPH will sponsor an existing race. In this occasion, Ravenna Marathon will become a Global Run thanks to the support of Global Ports Holding. The event is a great opportunity for GPH to help to promote the city while engaging with the local community, in line with the company’s ethos. The previous event “Global Run Bodrum 2016” was recently recognised as the “Best Sports Event” at the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious tourism awards in Turkey.

Global Run is organized by Global Ports Holding every year with the hope of bringing the world one step closer to peace and understanding. People from many different countries and cultures join the event, with a record 3,600 participants from 45 different nationalities attending last year. So far, the Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; and Bar/Kotor, Montenegro. The intention is to take Global Run to all the locations of GPH’s growing portfolio of 14 ports located around the world.

GPH has witnessed how critical travel is to bringing different cultures together. Cruise travel represents one of the most efficient and effective ways to visit numerous countries and interact with people from all over the world in a short period of time.

Global Ports Holding CEO, Emre Sayin said: “We are proud to announce our next Global Run in Ravenna, a location that was added to Global Ports Holding’s growing portfolio of cruise ports last year. The event importantly demonstrates our continued commitment, as the world’s largest cruise port operator, to promoting integration and tolerance among different cultures.”

Ravenna Marathon City of Art President, Stefano Righini said: “It is a great honor for us to have signed a titration agreement with Global Ports Holding, an international company present all over the world. Being selected by Global Ports Holding to join our names is a very important goal achieved for us; It means that the work done so far has reached such a professionality that even a company of this importance has chosen Ravenna and its marathon to communicate to the world the values that transmit an event like the marathon itself. So after 18 years the name of the Ravenna Marathon will change in the Global Ports Maratona di Ravenna Città d’Arte, leaving unchanged the value of the art city that distinguishes us. The interest of a foreign and international company extends the horizons of our Marathon. We trust that this new partnership will consolidate in the future. Meanwhile we work together to further increase the event. Thanks to the wide spread of communication of Global Ports Holding, we will be able to reach markets and countries in the world where the company has its 14 major ports. All those who transit through these ports, including Ravenna Cruise Port, will have the opportunity to be informed about this new partnership. Also important is the message that Global Ports Holding wants to convey through its participation based on tolerance among peoples, a message of relaxation and positiveness in such a complicated moment.”