Port of Málaga participates in european project called 'Locations' (Low-Carbon Transport in Cruise Destination Cities), belonging to cooperation programme for mediterranean area INTERREG MED and supported by European Regional Development Funds.
The partnership counts upon 20 organizations and institutions from Italy, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, and Albania. Seven European port cities are involved: Lisbon, Málaga, Zadar, Rijeka, Ravenna, Durres, Trieste. In the case of Spain, Málagaport participates as a member, representing Port of Málaga, and Town Hall of Málaga (OMAU) as a partner, with the colaboration of Investigation Centre of Energetic Resources (CIRCE) as a technological member.
This project will work, during 3 years, in order to make more sustainable the cruise ship destinations. This type of tourism offers local economies significant opportunities, increasing international visibility and reputation of destinations. It also brings a whole range of issues for local urban and suburban transport and transport networks, particularly during embarking and disembarking operations, for loading and unloading of goods and the provision of services to cruise ships.
The LOCATIONS project tackles these externalities of cruise tourism by supporting local authorities in the development of low-carbon mobility plans with specific measures addressed to optimize the handling of cruise-related passengers, goods and services flows.
A dedicated methodology is developing and testing to respond to individual needs identified in the involved port cities. The idea is defining modular packages of measures contributing to decongesting traffic in urban areas and reducing pollution and environmental impacts, designed to be easily transferred to other port cities and countries in the Mediterranean area. Specific awareness-raising campaigns are envisaged, to encourage the involvement of passengers and citizens to take responsibility and improve quality of life in cities.
For further information, please check the following link: https://locations.interreg-med.eu