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Ports Invited to Submit Projects for European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2020

4th March 2020
Second on the left: Chairman of European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Eamonn O’Reilly during the EPSO Award 2019 ceremony which was presented to the Port of Dover. Submission entries for this year are open until Friday 26 June. Second on the left: Chairman of European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Eamonn O’Reilly during the EPSO Award 2019 ceremony which was presented to the Port of Dover. Submission entries for this year are open until Friday 26 June. Photo: ESPO

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports is entering its 12th edition. The theme of this year is “Enhancing the port-city relationship by encouraging innovators and local start-ups to be part of the port ecosystem”.

Innovation is key for European ports if they want to prepare for a zero-carbon and digital future. Most European ports are situated in or near big urban agglomerations where innovation and start-up businesses are at their best.

The ESPO Award 2020 will go to the port managing body that has developed a successful strategy to attract innovation and local start-ups to the port and thus matches supply and demand for innovative solutions for the port and its stakeholders. The winning port will demonstrate to what extent this strategy has led not only to stimulating innovation in the port, but also making the port ecosystem an attractive place for innovative ideas and local young start-up talents.

Project submissions have to reach the ESPO Secretariat by Friday 26 June 2020 at the latest. The application form and the terms of reference are available on the ESPO website.

The 12th ESPO Award will be officially handed out during an Award Ceremony and Dinner, which will take place on 10 November in Brussels, Belgium.

About the ESPO award

The ESPO Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve social integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award aims to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.

Previous winners of the Award are the the Port of Gijón (2009), Port of Helsinki (2010), Ports of Stockholm (2011), Port of Genoa (2012), Port of Antwerp (2013), Port of Koper (2014), Port of Dublin (2015), BremenPorts (2016), Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes (2017), Port of Rotterdam (2018) and the Port of Dover (2019) as previously reported.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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