Cruise and ferry port network
On 17 September 2014, ESPO signed a strategic co-operation agreement with different organisations (Cruise Baltic, Cruise Europe, Cruise Norway, Cruise Britain and MedCruise). The aim of the agreement is to establish ESPO as the official voice of the cruise and ferry port authorities when dealing with the EU institutions and to build further on the work of ESPO’s passenger committee that was set up in 2010. On top of that, the network will function as a platform where knowledge and good practices in the field of cruise and ferry can be shared between authorities.
ESPO Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports (2016)
In January 2015, a Passenger Port Review was launched within the Cruise and Ferry Port Network. The review mainly aimed at identifying the key challenges European cruise and ferry ports are facing. In total, 119 cruise and ferry ports situated in 24 different European countries completed the survey. On the basis of the outcome of this exercise ESPO identified the five main challenges for cruise and ferry port authorities in Europe: the port-city relationship, infrastructure, cooperation, relation with the cruise and ferry lines and security. Subsequently, on the basis of these challenges, five thematic working groups were established, containing representatives of port authorities and associations from all over Europe. In each working group both the ferry and the cruise port sector were represented. The working groups each drafted a paper on their respective challenge. The ESPO secretariat then compiled and edited those contributions which ultimately led to the Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports.
The ESPO Code of Practice for Cruise and Ferry Ports is available here.
Tangible examples of good practices that were developed in European cruise and ferry ports were compiled in an additional publication. The examples of good practices are structured along the lines of the challenges listed in the Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports. This publication is dynamic and will be updated regularly with new examples of good practices.
The Good Practices can be consulted here.