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AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht


The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht is the only international recognition dedicated to port cities that have carried out an outstanding development project which contributes to improving port city relations

Who can apply ?

The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht is open to port authorities and/or local or regional authorities from maritime and river ports cities, for both AIVP members and non-AIVP members.

To be eligible, applicants should meet the following criteria:

1. City port interface: The project must be located in a city port interface zone and/or on a former port site.

2. Completion: The project must have been completed in the last three years.

3. Promoting global development: The project must promote a global development strategy for the port city.

4. Sustainable development: The project must be in line with the sustainable development goals identified by the Agenda 2030 by AIVP.

Key dates

  • From the 11th of March to the 23rd of June 2024: Preparation and submission of applications;
  • 5th and 6th of September 2024: In-person meeting of the Expert Panel to select the finalist projects;
  • 10th and 11th of October 2024: In-person meeting of the Grand Jury in Le Havre (France), interview of the finalist, selection of the winner;
  • 27th, 28th and 29th of November 2024: Announcement of the winner and official Prize ceremony during the AIVP World Conference in Lisbon (Portugal)

For more information

AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht Application form 2024

AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht technical document

Antoine Rufenacht, a highly respected French businessman and politician, was Mayor of the city of Le Havre from 1995 and 2010. He also was the founding chairman of the AIVP from 1988 to 2002. He was first and foremost a Le Havre man, a devoted citizen of this French port city that suffered tremendous hardship during the Second World War. He was quick to recognize the interlinkages between a city’s influence and the port’s appeal and saw that it is mutually beneficial to transcend the boundaries that separate the city and the port. Everything he did was guided by his visionary approach to development, resulting as a series of interlaced steps forming a coherent and indissociable whole, which combines his understanding of globalization and the role of port cities in the world, his open-mindedness, and his ambitions for Le Havre. His efforts radically transformed his city’s image and identity.