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Port of the Month: APS - Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority (Portugal)

Portugal has been a seafaring nation for many centuries. Still today, the sea plays an important role in the lives of ordinary people as well as in the economy of the country. This month we will take you on a trip to the Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority (or APS, S.A.), which is the entity with the role to ensure the exercising of competences needed for the smooth operation of the port of Sines and the commercial ports of Faro and Portimão. These ports are situated on the very South-Western edge of Europe, each having their own peculiarities.


Port of Dublin wins ESPO Award 2015, Port of Guadeloupe receives a special mention

The Port of Dublin has been awarded this year’s ESPO Award in recognition of his strategies in making schools and universities aware of their local port and its activities. The jury of the ESPO Award also decided to grant the Port of Guadeloupe with a special mention for the project ‘Discovering my port’.

Dublin and Guadeloupe were presented with the Award at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday night.


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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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