On Friday March 16th 2018 the Port of Quebec signed partnerships with three worldwide ports, with the hopes of developing commercial ties and tackling shared challenges.
During the state visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians, the president and CEO of the port of Quebec, Mr Mario Girard, met with representatives from the port of Brussels, the North Sea Port, and the Port of Zeebrugge to formalize the agreements.
The new partnerships have been chosen to help develop synergies with ports that share similar characteristics and challenges.
Both Brussels and Quebec are French speaking maritime and river ports managing assets owned by public authorities, with strategic positions to service the hinterland.
They are also located in urban areas, which drives both ports to integrate better with the surrounding landscape and stakeholders.
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The North Sea Port, on the other hand, offers an opportunity for collaboration in key commercial sectors including cereals, ore and forestry – while the Port of Zeebrugge faces similar challenges with Quebec relating to container, cruise ship and automobile terminals.
President and CEO of the Port of Québec, Mr. Mario Girard, and the president and CEO of North Sea Port, Mr. Daan Schalck sign partnership agreement
Mr. Mario Girard and president and managing director of the Port of Zeebrugge, Mr. Joachim Coens, sign partnership agreement
The partnership with the three terminals will also be used as a platform for discussing best practices, sustainable port management and a range of commercial data.
The partnership was signed by the Chairman of the Port of Brussels, Mr Mohammed Jabour, the Vice-Chairmen of the Port of Brussels, Mr Olivier Auvray, and the CEO of the Port of Quebec, Mr. Mario Girad.
Additionally, both the port of Brussels and Quebec are signatories of the Missions Charter of a Port Centre by AIVP which looks to educate the public on contemporary port and maritime activities and promote port-related trades and professions. The two ports will pool their experiences to forward the development of the centres.