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Celebrating the past to better build the future

October 28, 2020 5:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Port of Montreal has developed several projects in the last years to bring the port closer to the citizens. In this article, Ms. Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Port of Montreal, reflects on the importance of port city culture and heritage, explains the new initiatives and the impact they had in the port-city relationship.


Navire de croisière à Honfleur.

Port Citizens deserve good health and good living conditions!

October 13, 2020 3:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

During the past 30 years, AIVP has assisted port cities in finding their path to a more resilient, concerted and sustainable future. When we launched the AIVP Agenda 2030 in 2018, we gathered massive support from our members in the following months showing it was the right path. Starting in 2020, answering to our members’ interests, we will organize our content following the goals of the Agenda, sharing more resources and knowledge: one goal of the Agenda, each month. Our first series since the 15th of September has been about “Life Quality and Health”. It makes no doubt that health is currently the top-priority for most citizens around the world, as the atrocious death toll of the pandemic is still increasing.


Reduce environmental impacts while optimize port operation: Get to know the Pixel project, a new AIVP Partner!

September 28, 2020 11:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Reducing the environmental impact of port operations and increasing their transparency are two key elements for sustainable port-city relationships (goal 9.1 of the AIVP Agenda 2030). Internet of Things (IoT), based on data generated by devices deployed in (smart) ports and cities can play a crucial role in both. Research projects like Pixel Port are working to develop new tools for efficient and transparent monitoring of environmental impact of ports. Their single impact metric can facilitate better joint governance and contribute to a healthier port-city relationship. Ignacio Lacalle, researcher from UPV, explains in this article the key aspects of the project and how AIVP and Pixel are starting a new collaboration based on the AIVP Agenda 2030.


Dunkirk’s new Port Center set to bring the public and port closer together

August 17, 2020 2:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After almost two years in preparation, the Dunkirk Port Center opened its doors in July 2020, becoming an invaluable new resource for promoting dialogue between the public, the city, and the port. The new space was developed with support from three main partners: the Port Authority, the Urban Community and the Port Museum, where the Port Center is housed. In this interview, we find out more about the reasons behind the project and what visitors can expect in the months ahead.


Jean-Paul Le Caill

Papeete (French Polynesia): reconciling economic recovery and environmental protection

July 23, 2020 1:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Papeete is on the island of Tahiti, in French Polynesia. With the local economy reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, the port unveiled a support package for Polynesian businesses on 17 June. The €4 million euro package covers the maritime industry, tourism and inter-island transport. But it also represents an opportunity to adopt a more sustainable approach to development, and that’s why AIVP was keen to talk to Jean-Paul Le Caill, CEO of Port Autonome de Papeete.


The health, climate and tourism crisis

June 23, 2020 9:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Following the webinar on 18 June 2020 on the return of cruise activity in our post-covid port cities, Dr. Pedro Marín Cots, Director of the Urban Environment Observatory of the city of Málaga (Spain), gives his point of view on the subject. In his characteristic direct style, he clearly thinks that they cannot return, especially following the same economic and tourist model from before the Covid-19. He raises several questions regarding the actual adaptation capacity and emphasizes that the real challenge is climate change, that we should not get distracted from it. This is indeed an opportunity to accelerate the necessary changes towards new economic and cultural behaviours.


North Sea Port: a cross-border entity fighting the pandemic

June 15, 2020 11:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Created on January 1st , 2018, the port authority of North Sea Port manages the ports of Zeeland (The Netherlands) and Gent (Belgium). As a cross border authority, its duties were important against the Covid19 which was spreading from country to country. North Sea Port has tackled this challenge, keeping the link with the citizens and maintaining its sustainable development projects.


Cruises and port cities, ready to return?

June 11, 2020 8:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

AIVP is organising a series of webinars entitled "Port City Talks" to continue to debate, to build the port city of tomorrow and to keep in touch with our members. The 2nd webinar of the series bears on the return of cruise activity after the health crisis that we have experienced. It will be held on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 16h00 (CEST / GMT +2). Here is an introductory text on the challenges the cruise industry is facing after the coronavirus crisis.