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MedCruise forms two specialised Working Groups

Following the decision of the 50th MedCruise General Assembly held in Gibraltar, two specialised Working Groups have been formed within the Association - with the aim being to advance the interests of MedCruise member ports and associates.

WG-Studies: Impact of Cruising?LNG facilities

The main focus of this WG shall be the impact of cruising and its measurement, as well as how to best serve LNG vessels.

The WG will be led by Airam Diaz (MedCruise Director, Ports of Tenerife).

WG-Studies will work on defining and monitoring the forthcoming MedCruise study/studies that have been defined during the 50th MedCruise General Assembly, by reviewing the content, the involvement of MedCruise members, the involvement and formal call for expression of interest by any consulting party, and the advancement of the study.

Aiming to understand the precise impact of cruising, and set the records right, the WG will discuss how to take advantage of the experience that a number of ports and destinations have from similar exercises on the measurement of the impact of the cruise activities on ports/cities/destinations. The WG will contribute in orchestrating any data provision from port members, and explore whether and which ports might be asked to do so in a systematic basis.

The WG will also explore how best to develop - potentially in partnership with specific cruise lines, or their association - a project focusing on the way towards LNG facilities in cruise ports, as identified during the recent MedCruise GA.

MedCruise WG-China/Asia: Expanding source markets

This specialised WG will work on the development of the next steps as regards the MedCruise pioneering project aiming to promote a ‘Cruise the Med’ culture in China and the broader Asian market.

The WG will be led by Maria Cano (MedCruise VP, Port of Palamos).

MedCruise is working, since 2015, on an extensive China Marketing Plan to benefit MedCruise ports and destinations. The scope is to take advantage of the fact that the Med and its adjoining seas represent a high degree of attraction, combining different elements such as history, nature, culture and gastronomy, all much appreciated by Chinese tourists.

As part of this strategic plan, beyond the presence at various events in Far East (COTTM; ITB China; Seatrade Asia), MedCruise established a Chinese website and has taken further initiatives aiming to emerge the Mediterranean as the mostly preferred cruise destination among Chinese cruise tourists.

The scope is to now advance the second phase of the project, further promoting in China/Asia the concept that the Mediterranean has numerous advantages over other cruising areas, with its diversity of cultures, peoples, languages and history that make it an attracting cruise destination for Asian/Chinese citizens.

In this context, the WG-China/Asia will take the MedCruise project to its next phase, deciding the best way to move forward.


Bermello Ajamil & Partners names Michael Vanderbeek Director, Ports & Maritime

Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) has named Michael Vanderbeek as Director, Ports & Maritime. In this new role, Vanderbeek will report to Mark Ittel, Sr. Vice President, Ports & Maritime.

Vanderbeek, who has more than ten years of experience in the ports and maritime industries, joins B&A from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in Boston, MA, where he served as Deputy Port Director for New England’s busiest seaport. In this position Vanderbeek played a leading role in growing Massport’s cruise and cargo volumes by more than 30 percent each, setting new records for both lines of business and increasing Massport’s annual maritime revenue by more than $10 million over three years. Vanderbeek also played a leading role in moving forward several of Massport’s strategic initiatives including the Flynn Cruiseport Boston and Conley Container Terminal master plans.

“Michael is a focused, results-oriented executive who combines solid experience in every facet of port management and marketing with a global perspective and a commitment to effective, sustainable solutions,” said Luis Ajamil, President and CEO of B&A. “He will provide outstanding leadership as B&A continues to build on its prolific, highly successful achievements in this multifaceted industry.”

Previously, Vanderbeek was Director of Business Development at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the 12th-busiest container port in the U.S. and second-busiest cruise port in the world. During his Port Everglades tenure, the Port became the busiest container port in Florida and saw record cruise passenger volumes of more than 4 million.

Earlier in his career, Vanderbeek served in a series of management positions with responsibilities in strategic planning, budgeting, operations, and business development at the Port of Long Beach (POLB), the second-busiest container port in North America. At POLB, he also oversaw administration of Foreign Trade Zone #50 and led economic development initiatives that helped to facilitate more than $86 million in new trade for the region, focusing on small and green technology businesses.

An American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)-certified Professional Port Manager, Vanderbeek also holds professional affiliations with the Cruise Canada New England (CCNE) Alliance and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

New passenger terminal to open in Limassol, Cyprus

A new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels, is scheduled to open in the summer at DP World Limassol port. The new terminal consists of seven pods with an internal area of 7,000 square meters. Along with 24-hour availability the terminal offers integrated services including Home Call and Day Call handling capability, ensuring an improved customer experience.

DP World Limassol has a draft of up to 11 metres (tide free) and three 400 metre berths that can accommodate cruise vessels. It is the third addition to the cruise terminal portfolio that DP World operates globally, after cruise terminal operations in Mina Rashid, Dubai and Quinquela Martin,Argentina.

Limassol is one of the major destinations in the Mediterranean for the cruise industry with the opportunity to be the first port of call for cruise lines after transiting the Suez Canal. The terminal offers fast turnaround times for connections to both Larnaca and Paphos international airports. With favourable weather conditions, cultural heritage, excursions and events throughout the year, Cyprus and Limassol present the opportunity for a memorable experience.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: “Cyprus is a centre for tourism and trade across the Mediterranean Sea and beyond and we are delighted to help develop its cruise capability. The terminal is another example of how partnerships with Government on infrastructure projects help boost economies, creating jobs and prosperity for the country and its people.”

Charles Meaby, General Manager, DP World Limassol commented: “With the opening of this new terminal, all our visitors will enjoy an even more impressive welcome. DP World Limassol continues to promote the development of tourism in Cyprus and driving economic benefits for the local and national economy.”

Mr. Meaby continued, “This is an exciting time for Limassol and Cyprus and DP World Limassol is focused on delivering a long-term legacy creating employment opportunities and helping Limassol reach its potential of becoming a fully-serviced home port for cruise ships.”

Global Ports Holding to sponsor the next Global Run in Ravenna, Italy

Global Ports Holding (GPH) has announced its next Global Run event, Maratona di Ravenna Città d’Arte, which will take place on 12 November 2017 in Ravenna, Italy, the latest addition to GPH’s international cruise port operations.

Global Ports Holding will be the named sponsor of the event, which will gather participants from around the world to run in support of cultural tolerance and to enjoy the beauty of Ravenna. “Global Ports Maratona di Ravenna Città D’Arte” will have two tracks featuring a full and half marathon.

This year's event marks the first time that GPH will sponsor an existing race. In this occasion, Ravenna Marathon will become a Global Run thanks to the support of Global Ports Holding. The event is a great opportunity for GPH to help to promote the city while engaging with the local community, in line with the company’s ethos. The previous event “Global Run Bodrum 2016” was recently recognised as the “Best Sports Event” at the ACE of M.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious tourism awards in Turkey.

Global Run is organized by Global Ports Holding every year with the hope of bringing the world one step closer to peace and understanding. People from many different countries and cultures join the event, with a record 3,600 participants from 45 different nationalities attending last year. So far, the Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; and Bar/Kotor, Montenegro. The intention is to take Global Run to all the locations of GPH’s growing portfolio of 14 ports located around the world.

GPH has witnessed how critical travel is to bringing different cultures together. Cruise travel represents one of the most efficient and effective ways to visit numerous countries and interact with people from all over the world in a short period of time.

Global Ports Holding CEO, Emre Sayin said: “We are proud to announce our next Global Run in Ravenna, a location that was added to Global Ports Holding’s growing portfolio of cruise ports last year. The event importantly demonstrates our continued commitment, as the world’s largest cruise port operator, to promoting integration and tolerance among different cultures.”

Ravenna Marathon City of Art President, Stefano Righini said: “It is a great honor for us to have signed a titration agreement with Global Ports Holding, an international company present all over the world. Being selected by Global Ports Holding to join our names is a very important goal achieved for us; It means that the work done so far has reached such a professionality that even a company of this importance has chosen Ravenna and its marathon to communicate to the world the values that transmit an event like the marathon itself. So after 18 years the name of the Ravenna Marathon will change in the Global Ports Maratona di Ravenna Città d’Arte, leaving unchanged the value of the art city that distinguishes us. The interest of a foreign and international company extends the horizons of our Marathon. We trust that this new partnership will consolidate in the future. Meanwhile we work together to further increase the event. Thanks to the wide spread of communication of Global Ports Holding, we will be able to reach markets and countries in the world where the company has its 14 major ports. All those who transit through these ports, including Ravenna Cruise Port, will have the opportunity to be informed about this new partnership. Also important is the message that Global Ports Holding wants to convey through its participation based on tolerance among peoples, a message of relaxation and positiveness in such a complicated moment.”

Global Ports Holding ports achieve ‘Green Port’ certification

Two ports operated by Global Ports Holding (GPH) – the world’s largest cruise port operator – have been awarded ‘Green Port’ certification in recognition of their environmental and corporate responsibility credentials.

The certificates were presented to Aziz Gungor, General Manager of Ege Port Kuşadası and Bodrum Cruise Port, by the minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications of Turkey, at a ceremony held in Ankara on 29 June.

The two cruise ports are the first in Turkey to achieve this milestone, which reflects the importance of social and ecological impact across GPH’s operational culture. Ege Port Kuşadası first applied for Green Port accreditation in 2012 and Bodrum Cruise Port in 2014.

Aziz Gungor, General Manager of Ege Port Kuşadası and Bodrum Cruise Port, said: “These two ports are in critical locations for cruise tourism in Turkey and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. We have an important mission to help to support the development of cruise tourism in the area. Our ecological credentials are an important mark of quality and these Green Port certificates underline the progress we have made in this respect.”

Emre Sayın, CEO of Global Ports Holding said: "We currently operate 14 ports across eight countries, with ambitious plans to expand our operations further in Asia and the Caribbean. As we continue to grow and apply our unique business model, it is rewarding to get acknowledgement of the high levels of environmental and corporate responsibility that we have demonstrated. We are delighted that Ege Port Kuşadası and Bodrum Cruise Port have been recognized in this manner. As a global brand, we have made the principle of contributing to the communities in which we operate, including environmental considerations, a key element of our business model.”