EPCSA was formed by six of the leading European Port Community Systems Association Operators to represent the interests of the Port Community Systems Operators in Europe. It was formed by SOGET, Le Havre, France; MCP, Felixstowe, UK; Portic, Barcelona, Spain; Portbase, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands, dbh, Bremen, Germany and DAKOSY, Germany.
EPCSA’s structure is made up of an executive, Executive Committee and Standing Comittees is detailed within its EEIG contract of formatio
Chairman – Alan Long, MCP Plc, Felixstowe, United Kingdom
Vice-Chairman – Piet Jan ten Thije, Portbase, Netherlands
Secretary General and Manger – Richard Morton
The Executive Committee; The Executive Committee (ExCo) is made up of the six Founding Members of the Association. These are SOGET, dbh, Portbase, Portic, DAKOSY and MCP.
Standing Committees; The are four standing committees chaired by either Founding Members or the EPCSA Executive
– Standards and Technologies (Chairman – Hans Rook – Portbase)
– Business Applications (Chairman – Evelyn Eggers – DAKOSY)
– Customs and Other Government Agencies (Chairman – Ines Laasch – dbh)
– European Port Communtiy Systems Development (Chairman – Richard Morton, Secretary General, EPCSA)
On the 21st September 2010 five leading Port Community System Operators (PCSO) in Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form the European Port Community Systems Association (EPCSA). These PCSO were SOGET, Le Havre, France; MCP, Felixstowe, UK; Portic, Barcelona, Spain; Portbase, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Netherlands and dbh, Bremen, Germany.
The reason for forming EPCSA was that until now, PCSOs have not had a common lobby position at the European Union. The European Commission is currently developing a number of initiatives and directives such as e-customs, e-freight and e-maritime and the leading PCSOs agreed that they needed to have a common lobbying position in areas of common interest.
Following the signing of the MoU DAKOSY, Hamburg, Germany were invited to become a Founding Member of EPCSA. It was agreed that EPCSA should have the legal form of a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG). The full contract of formation for the European Port Community Systems Association EEIG was signed by the six founding members on the 15th June 2011
“influence public policy in the European Union level in order to achieve e-logistics throughout all European ports, operating as a key element of the EU maritime, shipping and logistics industry.”
To ensure that the importance of Port Community Systems Operators is recognised in the EU and its Member States and that the sector is consulted substantively on any measure likely to affect it;
To ensure that European Port Community Systems operators play their full part in delivering e-freight all over Europe;
To promote the highest possible standards in European Port Community Systems;
To encourage all European ports communities to be proactive in PCS development.