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Port of Vancouver: sustainably addressing the challenges of growth

February 8, 2017 12:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview : Duncan Wilson, Vice Président, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is member of AIVP since 2015.

More than 50 per cent of British Columbia’s population lives in Metro Vancouver, a region where available land supply is geographically restricted. According to current forecasts, Metro Vancouver’s population is set to grow by 1 million people by 2041. At the same time, trade with Canada is also growing, particularly with Asia and through the Port of Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, enabling the trade of approximately 20 per cent of Canada’s entire trade in goods (by value). Most of the 1450 hectares of land under the stewardship of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the federal body that manages port land) is in use. As a region, only about a 10-year supply of trade-enabling land remains, making the port authority’s job to prepare for growing trade very challenging.

Valparaiso, the Puerto Barón project is being re-launched

December 2, 2016 6:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview : Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara, Director General, Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso, Chile Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso is member of AIVP since 2002.

The Puerto Barón project, a planned urban and waterfront transformation, was awarded to Mall Plaza in 2006. It has been widely debated and must also comply with the requirements of UNESCO, as Valparaiso has been classed as a World Heritage City since 2003. Valparaiso Port Company, Mall Plaza and a number of authorities announced last July that it was being re-launched. Work on the final phase of the project is also due to be launched.

AIVP – Could you remind us of the main outlines of this project, and how they have changed in response to community debates and concerns about their impact on the city’s heritage infrastructure?

Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara – The origin and purpose of the Puerto Barón initiative is to open up the waterfront to the public, permanently – all day and every day. Today this space is used for port traffic and transfers, blocking any direct relationship between the city and the waterfront in the area opposite the El Almendral quarter; this is the widest flat area in the whole of the city’s low coastal strip before it starts to climb up the surrounding hills.

“… re-engage with the possibilities that have been opened up by the big port cities, a high degree of proximity, where the city and port form an indivisible whole port”

September 7, 2016 8:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview : Jean-Marc Gaulier, architecte-paysagiste et urbaniste, Urbicus, France Urbicus is member of AIVP since 2015.

Urbicus became a member of AIVP’s worldwide network in 2015, joining the likes of Haropa Ports de Paris, for which Urbicus provides urban planning consultancy and project management services. For Ports de Paris, itself a long-standing member of AIVP, the challenge of integrating port activities into the urban landscape is a strategically important one. How does Urbicus approach this issue? To find out, we spoke to Jean-Marc Gaulier, landscape architect and urban planning consultant, who created Urbicus in 1996.

Pasaia: A redefinition of city and port spaces

March 1, 2016 10:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A contribution of César Salvador Artola, Director, Autoridad Portuaria de Pasaia, España The Autoridad Portuaria de Pasaia is member of AIVP since 2007.

In September 2015 the Port Council of Pasaia gave the green light for the Special Plan for the regeneration of Pasaia Bay. Apart from the port authority, the Council includes representatives of the Province, the Basque Government and the municipalities involved. This is no doubt the result of a decision taken as part of the 2015-2025 Strategic Plan for the port to defer the construction of an outer port on the Atlantic coast. The particular configuration of the port of Pasaia inside the bay and its close proximity to different administrative districts and residential areas required a redefinition of port and urban uses in this territory in order to preserve the port’s competitiveness and its future. The green light for this plan only affects a part of the territory, but it should probably be seen as the first stage of a more general redefinition of port-city relations and the overall regeneration of the bay.

“Port and city together should seek compatible activities to bring out these elements of which they can be proud.”

February 25, 2016 10:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview : Aurelio Martínez, Presidente, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, España The Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia is member of AIVP since 1997.

AIVP – Mr Martínez, you were appointed President of the Valencia Port Authority last August. In October you announced the creation of a Territorial Integration Committee which will include the Mayors of the three cities involved in port activities, Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía. This decision is in itself a strong, powerful message. Can you tell us what lies behind the decision to create this committee? What need(s) is it intended to meet, and what do you expect of it? 

Aurelio Martínez – Port/city relations in any city or any large port tend to be complex. There are always issues which need to be discussed: transport, access, the location of different port activities, etc. I felt that, to speed up consensual handling of these issues, it would be a good idea to create an advisory committee to study and analyse what solutions would be most beneficial for both parties, port and city, which when you come down to it represent the same people – the city’s population. This is best done from a multidisciplinary angle and with the participation of all the city councils involved. Cities should be proud of their ports and the potential they offer. To generate this pride, ports must involve their cities in their activities. Port and city together should seek compatible activities to bring out these elements of which they can be proud.

Plan the City with the Port: “We are convinced that it is the city which has a port, and not the other way round”

February 9, 2016 9:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview : Hugo BORELLI, Vice-President of the AIVP, President of the Consorcio de gestión del Puerto de Bahia Blanca.

To “Plan the City with the Port” and ensure a lasting relationship between the two, Hugo Borelli believes that port master plans need to be coherent with the city’s own development, and ports need to keep citizens constantly informed whilst remaining attentive to their concerns and interests.

Plan the City with the Port: “The collective interest is the foundation of a fruitful and sustainable City-Port relationship”

February 9, 2016 9:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview: Mario GIRARD, Vice-President of the AIVP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of Quebec 

When asked how to successfully “plan the City with the Port” – from the title of AIVP’s guide of good practices published last June – Mario Girard’s response contains two major recurring themes: prioritising collective interests over individual interests, and treating dialogue with the entire community as a means of returning the port to its rightful place.

Oslo, a new step for the city – port relationship

January 5, 2016 2:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A contribution of Vidar Fiskum, Project Manager, Department of Urban Development, Oslo Port Authority, Norway. Oslo Port Authority is member of AIVP since 1992.

The work undertaken in 2005 on the Tjuvholmen sector marked the real starting point of the “Fjord City” project. The developments have been completed in 2014 across Tjuvholmen and redevelopment work has been also largely completed for the Bjorvika sector and its iconic Opera House. For now, the two remaining sectors – Vippetangen and Filipstad – are still mainly given over to port activity. The situation is set to evolve quickly, however, particularly in the case of Filipstad. So it’s a good time to take stock with Vidar Fiskum, Project Manager – Department of Urban Development, Oslo Port Autorithy.

Plan the City with the Port: “No sustainable mix without a shared strategic vision”

December 10, 2015 4:54 pm Published by 1 Comment

Interview: Philippe Matthis, President of the AIVP, Deputy General Manager of the Port of Brussels

The AIVP published last June a Guide of Good Practices untitled “Plan the City with the Port”. Since then it has been widely disseminated and subject to numerous demands. We therefore found it appropriate to come back here to the many challenges this Guide is addressing and discuss them with the President of the AIVP.

Bordeaux, the “Bassins à Flot” wet docks: maintaining an active port as part of the urban project

November 18, 2015 10:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Interview : Etienne Naudé, Head of Strategy & Development at Grand Port Maritime de Bordeaux (GPMB)

The port of Bordeaux reported that the ship repair yard of the “Bassins à Flot” had welcomed its first vessels. The presence of this ship repair activity at the heart of “Bassins à flot” project can be seen as a reflection of the commitment to maintaining an active port as part of this major urban redevelopment.