Delegation aus Marseille in Hamburg 2018 © Vallbracht

Hamburg and Marseille agree on closer co-operation

"Letter of Intent" on lowering emissions and in digitalisation signed

Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, and Jean Roatta, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, signed Thursday (September 27, 2018) a “Letter of Intent” sealing closer co-operation between the ports and in bilateral relations. Tschentscher had earlier welcomed the delegation from Hamburg’s twin city Marseille led by Roatta, who is responsible for international relations, to Hamburg’s City Hall.

Tschentscher noted: “The 60th anniversary of the partnership between Marseille and Hamburg is a good occasion to intensify the co-operation between the twin cities. Our ports want to work together to digitise and reduce emissions. An intensive exchange of ideas and experiences should also occur in the urban development of our former port areas.” Under the “Letter of Intent,” both ports commit to co-operate to lower emissions and towards smart port for an intelligent exchange of information via digital logistics infrastructure and to improve quality and efficiency. The plans also foresee greater co-operation in urban development, planning as well as corporate management.

Delegation from Marseille

The French delegation of business people, politicians and cultural representatives is visiting Hamburg from September 26-28, 2018. Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille, had been due to head the delegation, but was forced to cancel his participation at short notice. In July, Tschentscher headed a delegation to France and toured the Marseilles Euroméditerranée urban development project and held talks with port managers. He was also an honorary guest at celebrations to mark the French national holiday, Bastille Day, on July 14.

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