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The ports of Le Havre and Nantes-Saint-Nazaire receive high environmental recognition

During the official dinner at the GreenPort Congress in Copenhagen on Wednesday 8 October, ESPO was delighted to congratulate the ports of Le Havre (France) and Nantes-Saint-Nazaire (France) for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification.


ESPO Award 2015 Shortlisted Project: Creating an outstanding experience for future employees in the Port of Antwerp

This year’s ESPO Award celebrates the role that ports can play in demonstrating the best strategies in making schools and universities aware of their local port and its activities. The five ports shortlisted for this year’s Award, Antwerp, Bremen, Dublin, Guadeloupe and Valencia all succeed in creating the interest of the local schools and universities in the work of the port.

ESPO is proud to present the shortlisted projects, before the winner is announced at a ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels on 10 November.

Project "Creating an outstanding experience for future employees in the Port of Antwerp",
Port Authority of Antwerp (Belgium)



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ESPO Conference 2016

Dublin Ports will host ESPO Conference 2016 on 2 -3 June


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The European Sea Ports Organisation was founded in 1993. It  represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the Member States of the European Union and Norway. ESPO has also observer members in several neighbouring countries to the EU.

The European Union simply cannot function without its seaports. 90 % of Europe’s cargo trade in goods passes through the more than 1200 seaports existing in the 23 maritime Member States of the EU and more than 400 million passengers pass through Europe’s ports every year using ferry and cruise services.

Without seaports, the European Union would not exist as an economic world power. Without seaports, there would be no internal market.

ESPO ensures that seaports have a clear voice in the European Union. The organisation promotes the common interests of its members throughout Europe and is also engaged in dialogue with European stakeholders in the Port and Maritime sector.

ESPO works through a permanent secretariat in Brussels, a General Assembly, an Executive Committee, and 8 specialised committees.


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