A European project brings together agents from Malaga to explore sustainable alternatives on cruises

The port of Málaga participates as a partner, through Málagaport, in the European project Interreg MED LOCATIONS (Low-Carbon Transport in Cruise Destination Cities), financed with Feder Funds and whose objective is to offer transport alternatives with low carbon emissions in the Cruise tourism destinations.

In this frame of study, which began in 2017, the Port of Malaga, with the technical support of the Research Center of Resources and Energy Consumption (Circe), has brought together agents of the city interested in this tourist traffic to present the Plan of Urban Mobility of Low Carbon Emissions (LCTP for its acronym in English).

The objective of the plan is to improve urban mobility related to cruise tourism, especially in the environmental framework. This meeting was attended by representatives of the hospitality industry, commerce, culture and cruises, as well as the departments of the City of Malaga related to the environment and mobility, and neighborhood associations.

The first document of the LCTP, developed in collaboration with the Observatory of Urban Environment of the City of Malaga (OMAU) and Circe, compiles a series of initiatives and measures, in harmony with six other ports in the Mediterranean, to make more sustainable a tourism each time more consolidated in the main cities destination of cruises.

During the development of the project, which lasts three years, a specific methodology is being developed to respond to the individual needs identified in the port cities involved, in order to reduce pollution and environmental impacts.

Thus, responding to the challenge of solving a sporadic mobility in the center of the city (4,000-5,000 visitors per cruise) the following question arises that gives rise to the project: How to promote cruise tourism and attract economic benefits for the territory, maintaining its attractiveness and its natural assets?

In this way the Locations was born, under the coordination of AREA Science Park (Trieste, Italy), to support a total of 18 port cities in the elaboration of Urban Mobility Plans of Low Carbon Emissions that include a series of specific measures related to the mobility of cruise passengers upon arrival at the port: movement of passengers, baggage if it is a base, goods to supply ships, etc.

The city of Malaga, as well as six other cities in the Mediterranean (Lisbon, Ravenna, Trieste, Rijeka, Zadar and Durres) are pioneers in the development of the LCTP (in process) that will be publicly presented together with a package of financing measures to midyear.
Subsequently, the experience of the first seven ports will serve as a basis to establish a subsequent stage of replication in order to increase the case studies to other cities with port of the member countries in the consortium (a new port in Spain) as well as six new ones ports in six new Mediterranean countries.

The project is accompanied by specific awareness campaigns to encourage the participation of passengers and citizens and integrate their experience. This, with the final objective of fine-tuning the measures that allow a better quality of life in the cities, as well as helping to maintain the attractiveness of the destination over time.