30 September 2016
Leading up to the 15th edition of the World Conference Cities and Ports (Oct 5-7 in Rotterdam), Stig co-founder Arènso Bakker was interviewed by transport newspaper Nieuwsblad Transport on the development in the Port of Rotterdam.
‘License to operate’
According to Bakker, port authorities and municipalities should work together more closely to deal with the current developments in ports. Bakker calls this a ‘license to operate’, as neighbouring inhabitants of companies, ports and airports don’t readily accept any nuisance from transportation or production of goods. ‘The community feels there should be a reward for nuisance: a vital city with sufficient job opportunities, a nice place to live, good schools, functioning infrastructure. If there is enough support from the community they will feel connected to the harbour, even though many port activities have moved to the outskirts of the city.”
World Conference Cities and Ports
The theme of the 15th edition of the World Conference Cities and Ports is ‘Crossovers’. The conference takes place between October 5-7, on the RDM Campus in Rotterdam. Scientists, port authorities and professionals from the port industries all over the world will discuss themes such as circular economy, smart technologies, climate change and social innovation.