We are MEDports Association!
Created on June 27th, 2018 by 20 port authorities of the Mediterranean Basin, the MEDports Association celebrates its first anniversary and now has 22 member ports representing about 70% of the total traffic of Mediterranean ports – Algeciras, Arzew, Barcelona, Bastia, Bejaia, Beirut, Cartagena , Ports of Catalonia, Civitavecchia, Damietta, Luka Koper, Marseille Fos, Malta Freeport, Office of the Merchant Navy and Ports (OMMP), Puertos del Estado, Serport Group, Skikda, Tanger Med, Tarragona, Toulon, Valencia and Venice.
The membership of several associative and international organizations as partners, and as associate members, makes it possible to extend fruitful and beneficial collaboration for all.
Indeed, the MEDports Association aims at creating a new area of collaboration, production and exchange between the Mediterranean ports on common issues and is also promoting the international visibility of the Mediterranean maritime and port area, a true connected and connecting platform between Asia, Africa and Europe.
The activity of the association is organized thanks to the involvement of its members around the six technical committees working on key themes of the sea and port – Relations with International Institutions; Marketing Statistics and Analysis; Employment, Training and Maritime Expertise; Sustainability; Safety and Security; and Smartport.
Each committee has set itself the goal of achieving a flagship operational project for 2018/2019. For example, the Employment, Training and Maritime Expertise Committee is working on training new managers by providing them a comprehensive training made by the port institutions partners. The Statistics and Marketing Analysis Committee has undertaken the definition of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for MED ports demonstrating their constantly evolving performance.
The life of the association is therefore based on the work of the technical committees whose results and roadmaps are set by the Executive Committee and validated during the General Assemblies twice a year. Finally, the General Secretariat ensures the proper functioning, organization and representation of the association while supporting the technical committees in their missions.
In 2019, the MEDports Association took over the organization of the MEDports Forum whose previous editions had just participated in the process of creating the association. The MEDports forum aims to discuss and debate on key issues for port authorities and stakeholders in the maritime sector, such as the energy and ecological transition for ports, a real global issue today.
The promotion of Mediterranean ports through the investment and participation of member ports of the MEDports Association encourages the strengthening of the MEDports network, creating a collective intelligence through the exchange of best practices. The densification of the network will then capture even more of the world’s maritime transport through the Mediterranean.