Results and impact

The final result of PPRISM is a set of port performance indicators that provide an overview of the environmental, socio-economic and supply chain performance of the European port system. This set is both relevant, given the involvement of ESPO (members) and external stakeholders and realistic in terms of definitions and data collection and has been tested in a large scale pilot.

Furthermore, these results will be a platform to develop a European Port Observatory. The concept of a port Observatory will be made concrete (mission, scope, users, input, output) leading to a proposal for implementation, supported by the relevant stakeholders.

The project is the first systematic attempt at EU level to determine a set of relevant port performance indicators widely accepted and commonly defined by the entire port sector and other relevant key stakeholders (such as port users, societal groups, etc…). This should lead to a broader societal acceptance of port activities and port investments, as more accurate and more objective comparisons of the impacts of port projects will be communicated. More ports will be able to develop sound stakeholder relationship management by communicating widely accepted and scientifically tested indicators on their activities.

To this regard, the hands-on approach of this project through the direct involvement of port practitioners and key stakeholders in the analysis and decision-making process of the selection of indicators is key for its success.

Moreover, the project application will allow developing a self-assessment tool for the European ports regarding performance issues taking into account their particularities and complexity. The formation of standardised but targeted performance indicators will create information for the self-improvement of the industry and will lead to a more transparent port industry creating benefits to all users.

The project in line with the action point contained in the Communication on a European Ports Policy (2007) concerning the Commission’s intention to develop together with stakeholders a set of generic European indicators that would help monitoring the efficiency of transport chains and their hubs such as ports. (p.8 Communication on a European Ports policy)

The project also contributes to the action point set in the European Commission Freight Transport Logistics Action Plan (2007) aimed at establishing a core set of generic indicators to measure and record performance (e.g. sustainability, efficiency etc.) in freight transport logistics chains to generally improve Europe’s logistics performance. (p.6 Freight Logistics Action Plan).

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