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Short-List of Four Ports in Final Competition for European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2023

20th September 2023
Last year’s winner of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2022 was the Port of Barcelona Authority.
Last year’s winner of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2022 was the Port of Barcelona Authority. Credit: ESPO

The following projects of the Port of Cartagena, Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes, North Sea Port and Port of Vigo have been shortlisted for the 15th edition of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports.

The independent jury of experts and specialists on the theme of the Award, chaired by Dimitrios Theologitis selected these four applications from a total of ten submissions on the theme of this year’s edition: “Nature restoration projects in ports benefitting the local community”.

The ESPO Award 2023 will go to the port managing body which has developed innovative ways to develop these new roles and combine port development with successfully protecting and restoring nature in and around the port area to the benefit of the citizens and local community.

The winning project will be a project which can clearly demonstrate how nature protection and restoration efforts can be successfully combined with port development projects.

This is the 15th ESPO Award and will be handed out by Herald Ruijters, Deputy Director-General at DG MOVE, European Commission, during the traditional ESPO Award Ceremony and Dinner taking place on 7 November at the Art and History Museum in the Cinquantenaire in Brussels.

The ESPO award ceremony will be celebrated together with the 30th anniversary of ESPO. The shortlisted projects will be presented on the ESPO website in the coming weeks and all ten submissions will be presented in a special brochure to be published on 7 November.

Published in Ports & Shipping
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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