The world’s main association of cruise ports, MedCruise, will negotiate with the European Commission the widespread use of LNG in the ports of the Union and the expansion of port infrastructures to accommodate the new ships, each time larger. This was one of the matters discussed at the 126th session of MedCruise Board of Directors, which took place in Tenerife and was attended by representatives from the ports of Gibraltar, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Costa Brava, Athens, Tunisia, Cagliari, Genoa, Bari, Constance, Corfu and Volos.
“We will defend the enhancement of ports and the search for funding for their adaptation before the Commissioners of Environment and Sustainability, as well as of Transport,” said Airam Díaz Pastor, president of MedCruise. “We will also sign a series of agreements for a greater promotion of cruise traffic with Puertos del Estado, the Association of Italian Ports, Assoporti, and Elime, its counterpart in Greece.”
Moreover, the president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Pedro Suarez, recalled that the port of Tenerife “is a pioneer facility in the supply of LNG to cruise ships, as it is Europe’s first in its category to supply this fuel to a cruise only propelled by natural gas.”
Suarez also said that the cruise traffic is a “mature” sector in the ports of the province, with more than one million tourists in 2018, and that the concession of the cruise terminal to Carnival Group means new synergies to attract other operators.
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Source: Ports of Tenerife