Brussels, July 16th, 2015, a high level delegation of private port terminals representatives and CEOs discussed with Commissioner Bulc the key role of private investors in the modernization and competiveness of European Ports
FEPORT’s President, Gunther Bonz explained that in many ports the amount of private investments is significant and often equals or exceeds public investments: “This justifies an increased involvement of the private sector in the discussions and decision making processes regarding the development of port projects both at EU and national levels.”
Members of the FEPORT’s delegation gave their vision about the future of European ports.
For them, smooth development of projects, clear and transparent contracting and
implementing procedures as well as transparency about public funding are fundamental
prerequisites to attract sustainable investments in European ports.
The private sector has taken the lead to innovate and modernize port operations. Use of
technological innovation is expanding and significant resources are allocated to training so
as to improve safety and efficiency on terminals.
Private port operators are playing a key enabling role for the maritime logistics chain at a
moment many European ports are facing big challenges to accommodate bigger and bigger
ships not only container but also for Ro-Ro, Cruise etc and taking concrete measures to
mitigate the environmental and societal side effects.
Simplification of administrative procedures and the establishment of a real “single window”
are key success factors of a future holistic maritime logistics strategy that terminal
operators would support and feed with concrete proposals.
Physical connection to the transport network and to the wider logistics chain on the land
side is vital particularly if it takes into account the evolution of the needs of the sea side.
In this respect, in connection with the future maritime year, terminal operators would
welcome more dialogue between all maritime logistics stakeholders. Such a dialogue would
certainly allow better understanding of the needs and expectations of all parties and would
help to prioritize projects, to make targeted investments and to introduce simplification
FEPORT members reaffirmed their commitment to the ongoing social dialogue process
which will allow social partners to manage the coming changes in ports. In this respect, they
thanked Commissioner Bulc for her recognition of the results achieved so far by social
partners, and for her support to their efforts at EU but also company, local and national
Private investments and innovation in European ports :
1200 companies, 400 terminals
40 Billion Euros of private investment over the past 10 years in equipment and infrastructure.
Innovators and managers of change :
Use of new technologies, digitalization, Green and environmental friendly equipment
Contributors to GDP: 68 Billion Euros
Employers : 220 000 EU port workers
“Enablers” of value and job creation beyond the port segment :
Between 810 000 and 1 050 000 indirect jobs