Regional Workshops for the IPSEA Project

Under the framework of the EU funded Project “IPSEA - Support to the Maritime Transport Sector in Western & Central Africa: Improvement of Port Safety and Port Efficiency”, the implementing consortium IMSSEA-Open Plan Consulting-Engineering has executed two Regional workshops in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Accra (Ghana), in the field of Port Safety, Security and Port Efficiency. The first Regional workshop (Abidjan, 18-19 July 2016), addressed to sharing of experience among Francophone Countries, has been implemented, under the premises of the Regional Academy of Maritime Sciences and Techniques - Academie Regionale des Sciences et Tecniques de la Mer. This workshop has involved representatives and officers from Port Authorities and Maritime institutions from Ivory Coast, Senegal, Congo, Benin and Togo.

The second Regional workshop (Accra, 21-22 July 2016), addressed at sharing the experience among Anglophone Countries, has been implemented under the premises of the Regional Maritime University. This workshop has involved representatives and officers from Port Authorities and Maritime institutions from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroun and Liberia. Both workshops have been also attended by representatives from the Regional Organizations PMAWCA (Port Management Association of Western and Central Africa) and CRESMAC (Economic Community of Countries of Western and Central Africa), sharing the interesting experience of networking and coordinating the twenty two regular member Ports and Nine Associate Members, including landlocked Countries and Maritime Organizations, all located along the West Coast of the Africa Continent.

A set of Recommendations on Best practices for Port Safety/Security and Port Efficiency was drafted as the final results of the work performed during the two workshops, and are shared with the African beneficiaries and with the ACP Secretariat and the EU, which are the Implementing and Financial Institutions of the Project.


The IPSEA Project has been implemented along a 30 months duration from March 2016 up to September 2016, and has involved over 450 trainees from Port and Maritime Authorities of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Congo and Togo, as well as the abovementioned Maritime Academic Institutions for the relevant train-the trainers’ program.

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HIGHWAYS in armenia

Next 15 October in Yerevan, Armenia, will be held the kick-off meeting of the project named Technical Assistance for the Construction Supervision of Tranche 3 Lanjik-Gyumri road section. The assignment, funded by the EIB with an amount of 3.36 million Euros, has been awarded to a consortium led by SPEA Engineering, firm owned by the Atlantia group, and composed by IRD engineering and OPC, and it is foreseen it will last up to 2018.


The project is implemented under the framework of the "North-South Road Corridor Investment Program", a major infrastructure project which aims at connecting the Southern border of Armenia with its Northern point. The construction of this highly important strategic road will ensure easier traffic from the Southern border of the country to the Georgian border and up to Black Sea ports and will allow passenger and cargo transportation in accordance with European standards.

The SPEA_IRD_OPC consortium was awarded to a previous assignment, funded by the ADB with 6.96 million USD, for the Construction, Supervision of the first part of Tranche 3 and Feasibility Study, Preliminary Design and About 60km Detailed Design of Tranche 4.


INNOLABS+, la PIattaforma VAS sarà presentata il 30.9

I partner del progetto INNOLABS+ (Regione Toscana, Dipartimento di Architettura dell’Università di Firenze, INU, OPC), a conclusione dei lavori vi invitano al seminario tecnico di presentazione della piattaforma WEB VASLABS, che si propone come efficace strumento di supporto a tecnici e uffici territoriali per effettuare una corretta Valutazione di Impatto Ambientale (VAS). La presentazione della piattaforma avverrà il prossimo

 MERCOLEDI 30 settembre alle ore 15:00

Presso la sede di INU Toscana

Piazza Matteotti (Comune Vecchio), Scandicci (FI)

(fermata tramvia Resistenza, poi 10 minuti a piedi)

the PUP of Umm Ar-Rasas to be presented in Padua on 19-SEP

Next Saturday 19 September, at 11:00 in Padua, Palazzo della Ragione, Sala Anziani, the workshop on Responsible Tourism and World Heritage will be held, organized by the Association of Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Within the workshop, Mr. Michelangelo Fabbrini, co-owner of OPC will discuss on the Public Use Plan of Umm Er-Rasas, carried out within the EC Twinning to support the Ministry of Tourism of Jordan.

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Sabato 19 Settembre, alle 11:00 a Padova, Palazzo della Ragione, Sala Anziani si terrà il Laboratorio Turismo Responsabile e Patrimonio Mondiale, organizzato dalla Associazione Beni Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO.

Entro il Laboratorio Michelangelo Fabbrini, co-fondatore di OPC, discuterà riguardo il Public Use Plan di Umm Er-Rasas, realizzato all’interno del “Twinning” a sostegno del Ministero del Turismo di Giordania.

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The Public Use Plan of Umm Ar-Rasas approved!

Within the framework of the EC Twinning "Strengthen the Institutional Torism system in Jordan by Enhancing the Capacities of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan", we have carried out the Public Use Plan of the UNESCO site of Umm ar-Rasas. The PUP was carried in conjunction with experts from the Italian Ministry of Culture and the City of Florence. 

During the 39th session of the UNESCO Committee (Bonn, 28 June - 8 July), the PUP has been approved.

Training in Moldova

Within the Framework of the project “Capacity building and training to Moldovan Ministry of Culture on management of EU institution building and International funding programmes” funded by the Regional Council of Tuscany, during 27 – 31 July the first training module has been carried out in Chisinau, Moldova, within the Ethnographic Museum.

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