2016 October 3 11:55

Venice, Italy to host 4th GreenPort Cruise Conference / Congress, Oct. 11-14

The 4th GreenPort Cruise Conference and 11th GreenPort Congress will be hosted by Venice Port Authority (VPA) from 11-14 October 2016 at the Marittima Passenger Terminal, Venice, Italy, and will welcome guests from Africa, Asia, North and South America and from across Europe, the event organizer Mercator Media said in a press release.

Delegates will have the opportunity to update themselves on the latest environmental, sustainability and climate change issues and, with the confirmed attendance of members of the port community from as far afield as the Ivory Coast and Malaysia and Guadeloupe, it will also give them the opportunity to meet old friends and make new contacts, not least at the Welcome Reception held on the evening of 11 October.

This year’s Cruise Conference will not only update delegates on the latest innovations in cruise port and infrastructure design, but will also give options for emissions reduction with first hand presentations from operators, classification societies and environmental solutions providers.

In recognition of the importance of the event, participants will hear from the Regional Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Ms Eliza de Berti, who will be giving a keynote address. De Berti will be joined by Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises, and a member of CLIA Europe’s Executive Committee, and Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, ESPO, who will present the ESPO code of practice for cruise and ferry ports.

Highlights of the Cruise programme include:
Manfred Lebmeier, Head of Environmental and Spatial Strategy, Hamburg Port Authority: Green Cruise Project: Sustainable energy, Innovative terminal facilities and cruise terminal traffic links
Kristijan Pavic, President, MedCruise & Deputy General Manager, Port of Dubrovnik: Port-City involvement: Operating a cruise port in a historic city
Carla Salvado, Director of Criuse Marketing, Global Ports Holding: Green initiatives at Global Ports
Panayotis Mitrou, Technology & Innovation Manager, Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A: ELEMED project – cold ironing infrastructure in ports and electric bunkering for zero emission ships
Yoshioka Tatsuya, Co-Founder and Director, NGO Peace Boat, Andrés Molina, Project Manager, Peace Boat Ecoship: EcoShip – an alternative futuristic approach
Tom Strang, Senior Vice President Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation: Carnival Cruises – opting for LNG as a solution to ECA compliance

As well as terminal operators and port authorities, NGOs, industry organisations and suppliers from across Europe, this year’s GreenPort Congress will see a truly international audience in attendance. Port professionals from APM Terminals, Europe Container Terminals, Port of Rotterdam, Hamburg Port Authority, Port Klang Authority, Abidjan Port Authority, Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Port Metro Vancouver, Guadeloupe Port Authority, Copenhagen Malmo Port, Ports of Stockholm, Barcelona Port Authority plus many more will be in Venice.

Some of the headline speakers on this year’s programme include:
Victor Schoenmakers, Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam: Change of an era – A transition with opportunities for the Port of Rotterdam
Linda van Waveren, Manager CSR, Port of Amsterdam, Dorita Hermes, Environment & Sustainability Manager, Port of Hamburg: The need for disclosure of port performance on sustainability
Inna Braverman, Co-Founder, Eco Wave Power: Blue Energy: Wave Energy Implementation in Ports
Anna Bobo Remijn, European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, Maritime Safety Unit: Port Reception Facilities revision
Julia Mackin, Principal Environmental Adviser, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development: Port Expansions in the context of financing by EBRD, a Multilateral Development Bank, and its sustainability mandate
Silvia Gamboa, Head of Sustainability, APM Terminals: Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Port Activity

This year’s Welcome Reception will offer delegates a valuable opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing with peers from across the World. Hosted by the Venice Port Authority, the standing cocktail reception will take place on the terrace of Hotel Bauer, with beautiful views of Venice's Grand Canal and the famous Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute.

If that’s not enough, delegates will be treated to a private tour of the Doge’s Palace in St Mark’s Square, organised by Stormwater Italia, after which they will then be able to take a stroll along to the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal for the GreenPort Congress Networking Dinner hosted by Venice Port Authority on 12 October.

Following the two day GreenPort Congress, on 14 October 2016, delegates will be given a tour of the Port of Venice after which they will be free to explore the remaining delights of Venice.

About Cruise Conference and Congress
GreenPort Cruise and GreenPort Congress are Mercator Media events. The 2016 GreenPort Cruise Conference will be held on the 11 October 2016, followed by the GreenPort Congress on the 12-14 October. Both events are hosted by the Venice Port Authority in Venice, Italy.