Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports
On 2 June, the European Sea Ports Organisation launched the ESPO Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports during ESPO Annual Conference in Dublin. This code has been developed by ESPO together with Cruise Baltic, Cruise Europe, Cruise Norway, MedCruise and Cruise Britain, who since September 2014 have been part of the Cruise and Ferry Port Network.
The aim of the code is to formulate a series of good practices to face the challenges that European cruise and ferry ports are dealing with nowadays. The five main challenges identified are the port-city relationship, infrastructure, cooperation, relation with the cruise and ferry lines and security. Besides sharing these practices among port authorities, the code can also be seen as an instrument to enhance the dialogue with all stakeholders involved in the cruise and ferry sector. Moreover, this code must inform policy makers and the wider public about the characteristics, challenges and bottom-up initiatives taken by European port authorities.
The code comes with a dynamic online inventory of concrete examples of the good practices outlined in the code. This inventory will be updated continuously and will turn the code into a living document.