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Observatory Cities and Port of the Indian Ocean… two years on

June 21, 2012 8:57 am Published by 1 Comment

Interview : Wilfrid Bertile, Président, Observatoire Villes Ports Océan Indien, La Réunion

(13th World Conference Cities and Ports – 21/06/2012)

AIVP: From a geo-strategic point of view, what makes the Indian Ocean a specific territory today?

W. Bertile: There are more than 2 billion people living in the 50-odd countries which border the Indian Ocean. In addition to this demographic and political weight, it has a vital role as a transit route. On the northern edge of the ocean, the Gulf States produce 30% of the world’s oil. From there, two thirds of the world’s oil traffic plies west, to Africa and Europe, and east, especially to India, China and Japan. This ocean is also the route for traffic between southern Asia and eastern Europe. Each year half of the world’s container fleet and one third of all bulk carriers cross the Indian Ocean.Security throughout the ocean, and especially its access routes through the strategic straits of Bab el Mandeb (Red Sea) and Malacca (Malaysia), as well as round the Cape, is of vital importance. That is why the United States maintains bases in Bahrain for the VIIth Fleet and in Diego Garcia right in the centre of the ocean. France is present in Djibouti and in the south-west of the Indian Ocean. China depends on a string of bases in the north of the ocean to secure its oil supply, and India deploys forces there for the same reason and to contain Pakistan’s influence.

City – port: 20 years after, a new challenge

June 18, 2012 8:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For a long time the question of the wastelands born from the relocation of the activities of the port, above all touched the waterfronts by the development of the city in place of the port. The environmental issue and economic development came to impose the necessity for an overall vision of the port community with all the challenges connected with “building the city with the port”. The economic crisis of 2008 and the challenges of climate change now place the port cities in the front line of a new model of sustainable and responsible growth. It is this trajectory which is retraced here, and which leads to this New Era of the Port placed at the centre of the debates and discussions of the 13th World Conference of AIVP: an urban, entrepreneurial and citizen port.

Note de synthèse Isemar (FR)
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Dock infos N°80, april 2012

April 18, 2012 10:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts


Joël Batteux
Mayor of Saint-Nazaire
Chairman of the Agglomeration of Saint-Nazaire

The attractiveness and inluence of Nantes, of Saint-Nazaire and more generally of the Loire Estuary, are obviously closely connected with the port. At the outcome of the Second World War and up to the Nineties, this relationship between our cities and their port has undergone dificult, even painful moments.

For 20 years now, both in Nantes and in Saint-Nazaire, we are accomplishing a new ambition: City-Port and Ile de Nantes. All at the same time, urban, social, and cultural, it is shaping our identity and is carrying new vocations, complementary to the economic and port activities.

From the 18th to the 21st June, you will be guests of the cities and agglomerations of Saint-Nazaire and Nantes, of the Region of Pays-dela- Loire, of the Grand Port Maritime and of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We are always happy to receive visitors as we are open to the world and curious about the projects and experiences carried out elsewhere. Together, we shall welcome you with pleasure and interest, animated by that team spirit which is familiar to us and which is sometimes envied.

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The AIVP take part in the city-port seminar in Santos (Brazil)

April 13, 2012 11:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The port city of Santos is an active member of AIVP, Santos is the first Brazilian port, and it is going to organize the next 26th of April an International seminar dedicated to the development of port cities.

The purpose of this meeting is principally the development area of the project “Porto Valongo” that will allow Santos to get an international waterfront. The AIVP will be represented here by Chantal Guillet, General Manager of ADEFRANCE and member of AIVP’s Board of Directors in charge of AIVP development in Latin America.

13th World Conference Cities and Ports

April 5, 2012 8:50 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Discover the programme of the workshops

Not less than 6 workshops will enrich the debates of our conference. With the program:

City – port blend The new city port economic dynamics Citizen dialogue as a means of action 30 years of waterfront: regards and prospects The port city, laboratory of industrial ecology Federating ambitions around “port center”

Discover as of today the various international speakers who will animate them. For this don’t hesitate to click on the various sessions of the synopsis of the conference.

You can now also download the complete program of the conference taking again the plenary sessions, the workshops, the technical visits, etc. 

AIVP – The Wordlwide Network of Port Cities

March 26, 2012 8:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The AIVP, brings together the urban and port stakeholders in the development of cities and ports as well as their partners.

We provide a forum for the men and women who make the port cities progress towards stronger competitiveness whilst improving the quality of life for their inhabitants.

AIVP, regularly organize international events which today have become essential rendezvous for stakeholders in the modernity and the development of port cities: port authorities, municipalities and local authorities, private companies, universities and research institutes, etc.
International contacts, exchanges of experience, and putting into value projects and achievements are at the heart of our actions and are followed daily by a team of professionals.

We have been working for more than twenty years for the Excellence of worldwide port cities.

AIVP also propose personalised services enabling you to better comprehend the national and international context of port cities, to position your projects and enhance them, to make the wider public aware of the richness and diversity of port cities.

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American ports and their communication strategies

March 23, 2012 10:34 am Published by 1 Comment

For a long time now, American ports have followed the general management principle that coexistence with citizens, local associations and territorial authorities, as well as pressure groups such as environmentalists, requires a constant, proactive communication and lobbying strategy. At a workshop run by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) at the end of February 2012 (Program of the workshop), AIVP attended a variety of presentations on this subject, in the company of some forty American ports including Portland, Oakland, Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Montreal, Quebec, Long Beach and many more.

Dock infos N°79, march 2012

March 1, 2012 10:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Course is set for Rio+20

Jean-Pierre Lecomte
President of AIVP

The postponement of the initial date of the coming Earth Summit in Rio, called Rio +20 in reference to the first Earth Summit in this same city in 1992, will make this planetary rendezvous coincide with the other global rendezvous which is the 13th World Conference of AIVP in Nantes and in Saint-Nazaire from 18 to 21 June next.

Essentially known for having laid down the international bases of sustainable development, the first Earth Summit initiated the start of an already long list of international meetings dedicated to the future of the planet and to the improvement of the well-being of its inhabitants. This next Brazilian meeting will this time have on its roadmap the question of green economy and the means to accelerate its development. This problematic will naturally find an echo in our own discussions, in particular in the context of the sessions dedicated to the “entrepreneurial port”. As we shall see during the AIVP Conference, the questions of renewable marine energies, of the development of industrial ecology, of the fight against greenhouse gasses… offer promising new perspectives for port cities who wish to ensure their future whilst preserving that of the planet. Without any doubt, in debating this year in France, in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, the sustainable future of port cities, we shall be at the heart of the initiatives awaited from Rio!

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Case study : Port Louis player in the Indian Ocean

February 29, 2012 10:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Case study
Port Louis, player in the Indian Ocean

In the context of the case studies which we carry out on the port cities of the AIVP network, we propose to you today to discover our latest number dedicated to Port Louis (Mauritius).

The port of Port Louis, which handles 99% of the foreign trade of the country, obviously plays a major role. In fact Mauritius Ports Authority are displaying optimism and the port found an upwards trend in 2010. The investments and projects undertaken over the last decade are thus bearing fruit. If the port wish to comfort their asserted ambition to become a transhipment hub, it will be necessary to develop additional capacities. The Port have thus ordered a masterplan in order to study the various options possible, and notably the compatibility between port functions and urban utilisations which could also be installed with the so-called Neotown project in a bordering zone.

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