Editorial : “Culture and competitiveness of port cities”
The AIVP Days in Helsinki (Finland), 13-15 June 2013
It is with great pleasure that we are to be able to welcome you to the General Meeting of AIVP, the worldwide network of port cities, in Helsinki on the 11th and 12th of June. More than one hundred delegates, representing port cities on every continent, are due to attend. Finland largely looks out onto the Baltic Sea and this entire European region has experienced remarkable economic dynamism since the end of the Soviet era more than twenty years ago. Helsinki and other Baltic port cities are at the front line of this growth. This economic impetus is accompanied by an equally remarkable urban revival. All around the country, pride is taken in architectural heritage whilst the improvement of quality of life in cities is of constant concern. This is why I am delighted that these new AIVP Days in Helsinki are dedicated to the theme “City-port culture and competitiveness”. Cultural strategies play an active role in the improvement of citizens’ wellbeing. It is also an important factor in the development of tourism. When it is possible to bring together culture with the port and its activities, then we have an extraordinary lever for development in each port city.
Hannele Luukkainen, Chairman of the Board, Port of Helsinki
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A big cheer for the AIVP women workers who bravely took part in the 5th L’Amazone 6 km race at Le Havre last Sunday, 2 June. Sarah Guermi, Greta Marini, Paula Dominguez, Corinne Monnet, Chloé Colboc and Corinne Lallemand (pictured left to right) ran the 6 km course wearing pink “AIVP” t-shirts to raise money to help the fight against breast cancer.
The North Adriatic Port Association (NAPA) and the Baltic Ports Organization (BPO), both members of AIVP, will sign a collaboration protocol on 5 June 2013 in order to intensify cooperation between ports and offer the best route for transporting goods from Central Europe to the Mediterranean and the Far East.
The question of onshore power supply for ships was debated specifically at a conference organised by the Cruise Europe association at Le Havre on 24 April 2013.
AIVP followed with much interest the work of the conference organised by the Cruise Europe association, which held a meeting for its members in Le Havre on 23, 24 and 25 April this year.
In the context of research projects into the dynamics of port cities, AIVP would like to draw its active members’ attention to the World Seastems project. This project, financed by the European Union to the tune of one and a half million euros, began in March 2013 and will go on for 5 years. The World Seastems project is under the scientific responsibility of César Ducruet, CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) researcher and member of AIVP’s network of experts.
AIVP was invited to give its opinion on these two strategic themes during a meeting of the Association of French Inland Ports on 29th March 2013. Three points were stressed:
That local authorities are increasingly involved in economic development.
That land development policies for riverside areas must prioritise plans that make use of the river.
That the city port blending is vital for economic performance and for the wellbeing of citizens.
Read a summary of the day
The management of port-city spaces requires a coordinated approach to prepare schemes and policies for territorial development. This would involve adapting port infrastructures in the face of the constant evolution in the number and size of vessels, and population growth.
The Colombian ports of Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Buenaventura will host the AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities) 2013 Latin American Congress of Ports in Bogota. The conference will address the integration of Latin American ports in the world in an era of free trade agreements and common markets.
Organised by Mercator Media, the first edition of GreenPort South Asia, in Bombay, brought together around one hundred delegates from India, South-East Asia and Europe. AIVP was an associate in the initiative. At the event, Greta Marini, responsible for studies in AIVP, has presented the concept of “Port Centres”, with particular emphasis on societal integration strategies for ports and the relationship with the citizens of port-cities.