AIVP Mission to Valparaiso
On his recent trip to Chile, Olivier Lemaire, AIVP Director General, was able to visit San Antonio, active member of AIVP since 2011, today the country’s largest port in terms of cargo tonnage and a port city with a promising future. He was able to meet with the port, municipal and provincial authorities, and visit port sites.
San Antonio is today the most ambitious port in Chile. It is located about 100 km south of Valparaiso, the country’s historic port, and the two ports lie at almost the same distance from Santiago, the capital (over 7 million inhabitants, or nearly half the country’s population). The city of San Antonio (100,000 inhabitants), which is closely linked to the port, is well able to take advantage of this dynamic to stake its claim to being Chile’s city port of the future.
The mayor, Omar Vera, who is also president of the Chilean port cities association, explained to AIVP the importance for San Antonio of the current port reform, which aims to establish “City-Port Councils” in the country’s ten main ports to ensure the harmonisation of port and city dynamics. The projects for the extension of the container terminals and logistics activities linked to the PGE (Large Scale Port) project are already fully in line with city-port agreements aimed at establishing joint port-city planning, for example to open the port to the city’s inhabitants through redevelopment of the waterfront.
There are several factors – the development of the cruise ship industry; new, high-quality municipal installations such as the brand new MUSA (Natural and Maritime History Museum); and site conversions for ecological and touristic purposes – which make San Antonio a particularly interesting example of a port city in the making which has chosen an active port-city partnership as a structural axis for its sustainable development.
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