Long term effects
The insurance of a long lasting work within a sustainable and growing network of Blue Ports will come from the benefits demonstrated by the concept of “port services” as attractive complement or alternative to “embarked techniques” whose costs are prohibitive and quality is sometimes doubtful. Creating a feeling of responsibility (awareness), together with organizing demonstration periods (proves) and studying acceptable costs for the service providers and the users (attractiveness) is one best way to convince all concerned parties that discharge in port is an easy, cost effective and responsible practice.
As controls can reduce but not avoid illegal acts, we believe in attractive services which benefit the port/port industry and the users of the service. The consortium has managed to interest those high level organizations which are capable of taking the project as a cooperation platform to accompany/accelerate/comfort processes which are under way (revision of the PRF and BWM conventions). These processes are considered as constraints (economic impacts, regulation, law enforcement). The project can truly transform this perception in a will to participate. Long term effect will pass through providing “adequate” port facilities, that the users will consider as a cost effective/attractive service and the ports/public/funding bodies will consider as a new economic sector plus motivation of all parties. Moreover some countries such as Italy and Netherlands have already manifested their interest to participate.