An association under the French law of 1901, Cruise Marseille Provence has been the No. 1 contact for the maritime and river cruise industry in Marseille and Provence since 1996. It is supported by a team of 5 permanent staff and a volunteer chairman, as well as 75 members, all key private and institutional players in the local economy. With its combined expertise in port and cruise tourism activities, it has 2 priority objectives: to encourage the eco-energy transition of the industry and to develop the economic spin-offs for the region.
It is supported by the Région Sud, the Bouches-du-Rhône Department, the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolitan Area, the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille and the Aix-Marseille Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In 2019 and again in 2022, the Cruise Marseille Provence Association organised the "Blue Maritime Summit Marseille Provence - Cruise Initiatives" and the "Blue Maritime Summit Marseille Provence - Port & Sea Initiatives".
These two initiatives have helped to convince cruise lines to make voluntary commitments that go beyond environmental regulations, with the introduction of a monitoring system for these commitments by the maritime authorities, first in Marseille in 2019 (Blue Cruise Marseille Provence Charter), then for the entire Mediterranean coastline in 2022 (Mediterranean Sustainable Cruise Charter).
The unified Mediterranean Sustainable Cruise Charter is a binding document. It sets out the commitments of cruise lines operating in Mediterranean waters under French jurisdiction. It has been signed by the French maritime administration, CLIA Europe and the various member cruise lines. It covers 13 commitments that anticipate current regulations on aspects such as air quality, wastewater treatment, energy efficiency, the type of fuel used, biodiversity, etc.
Jean-François Suhas, Chairman of Cruise Marseille Provence: "The heart of Cruise Marseille Provence beats in unison with the environmental transition of maritime transport. We are a long-term partner of all the public and private players in the cruise industry committed to the environmental transition of the sector and its strongholds in the Mediterranean, such as the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, which is eminently strategic. The 2019 and 2022 Blue Maritime Summits are proof of this. Our support for Green Marine Europe is a natural extension of our commitment, which we are making exclusively in collaborative mode.”
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