Case studies

Port of Brussels: integration, an absolute imperative and belief

Denis DAVOULT4 December 2018

AIVP recently organised a study mission to Belgium for its members. The trip focused on the co-construction approach that is central to city-port project initiatives in five Belgian port cities. The case of Brussels, which we will look at here, is of particular interest.

The Port of Brussels is an AIVP member since 1991

Port of Quebec: building for the future with citizens

Denis DAVOULT16 April 2018

In June, the Port of Quebec will host AIVP’s 16th World Conference. The event will also mark the thirtieth anniversary of AIVP’s creation, and the “Next Generation” will be at the heart of the debate. How is the future of the Port of Quebec being shaped? What are the four major projects now seen as key to its future and that of the city’s residents?

At AIVP’s World Conference in 2012, Mario Girard, President & CEO of the Port of Quebec and Vice-President of AIVP, emphasised the importance of developing port projects in complete transparency, involving citizens and the local community. This focus on dialogue between the city, port and citizens also led the Port of Quebec, in 2016, to sign the Port Center Missions Charter and join the AIVP Port Center network. The four projects described here perfectly illustrate this commitment to building the future of the port city of Quebec together, as part of an inclusive approach. Our 16th World Conference will no doubt afford an opportunity for a first-hand look at this strategy for a Next Generation port city.

The Port of Quebec is a member of AIVP since 2011

Saint-Nazaire: Collaborative effort the key to port strategy

Denis DAVOULT10 April 2017

Interview with Jean-Pierre Chalus, Chairman of the Executive Board of Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port. Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port is a member of AIVP since 1990

We recently spoke to David Samzun, Mayor of Saint-Nazaire, about plans to reroute the Boulevard des Apprentis. The scheme will benefit all stakeholders, by stimulating business for economic operators in the area, while preserving quality of life for local residents. The redevelopment of Saint-Nazaire’s port and industrial zone is a key plank of Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port’s strategic project for 2015-2020, which is focused on three priorities: “being at the heart of existing and emerging industries”, “guaranteeing performance for port industrial facilities” and “following a shared policy for the sustainable development of port estuary spaces”.

The Industrial Port of Saint-Nazaire, an XXL Development

Denis DAVOULT22 March 2017

Interview with David Samzun, Mayor of Saint-Nazaire Ville de Saint-Nazaire become a member of AIVP in 1995.
Then, since 2010, the Communauté d’Agglomération de la région nazairienne et de l’estuaire become a member.
Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port is a member of AIVP since 1990.
The Agence pour le Développement Durable de la Région Nazairienne is also a member since 1992.

The “Boulevard des apprentis” project was unveiled to the press and local residents last autumn. It will allow us to open up a new access to the industrial-port zone of Saint-Nazaire while also creating new spaces for economic operators in the zone, particularly the STX naval yards. Work began at the beginning of 2017. The challenge is to reconcile the expansion of the port city’s economic activity with the quality of life of local residents. Interview with David Samzun, Mayor of Saint-Nazaire, who will also tell us about the latest developments with Saint-Nazaire’s City/Port development plans.

San Antonio Port: Incentivising Port-City Integration through Citizen Participation

Denis DAVOULT15 February 2017

A contribution of Carlos Mondaca Matzner, Jefe Asuntos Públicos, Empresa Portuaria San Antonio, Chile Empresa Portuaria San Antonio is member of AIVP since 2011.

The Port of San Antonio, Chile’s first port by tonnage, aims not only to increase the volume of goods handled but also to ensure the development of human capital, essential criteria for ensuring competitiveness. The port also seeks to strengthen the link with the community and to promote the port city integration through citizen participation. The modification of the Urban Development Plan, in which the Port of San Antonio carried out an extensive participation program including a hundred meetings, is a perfect example.

Pasaia: A redefinition of city and port spaces

Denis DAVOULT1 March 2016

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.

Oslo, a new step for the city – port relationship

Denis DAVOULT5 January 2016

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.

Lisbon: a new relationship with the river

Denis DAVOULT26 April 2015

“Recovering the river without losing the port”: since its 1st Strategic Plan in 1992, the City of Lisbon has recognised that the Tagus estuary is a world heritage, but at the same time stressed the potential which the port offers for opening up to the world and for economic development. Meanwhile, the Port has said, in particular at the 9th AIVP World Conference held in Lisbon in 2004, that they wanted the port landscape to be naturally perceived as part of the urban landscape. More than 10 years have passed. So it’s a good time to talk to Arch. Manuel Salgado, Lisbon´s Councillor for Urban and Strategic Planning, about what has been achieved and the challenges that still remain.