by Franc J Pigna, CRE, FRICS, CMC, Managing Director Aegir Port Property Advisers
‘Obama Administration’s “We Can’t Wait” Initiative Expedites Five Major Port Projects’ – a concerted US maritime infrastructure investment initiative or just political expediency?
When the announcement was made with major fanfare by the Obama Administration that it was ‘expediting five major port projects’ through it’s ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, the maritime ports community in the US and in other countries started to wonder what exactly is ‘We Can’t Wait’, why was it needed, why can’t ‘we’ wait (and for what?), what is the rationale behind it, what will it accomplish and what are the real motivating factors behind it.
Anotonio Musolino, Préfet de Gênes, a remis le prix international de la communication, Christophe Colomb, au Président de l’AIVP, Jean-Pierre Lecomte, vendredi 12 octobre 2012.
L’Institut Portuaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche au Havre(IPER) a organisé sa 25ème édition de formation supérieure à l’exploitation et à la gestion des ports sous l’égide de l’Organisation Maritime Internationale (OMI) les 11 et 12 octobre 2012.
A cette occasion, l’AIVP a été invitée à clôturer les cours en présentant à la vingtaine de cadres supérieurs présents une intervention axée sur les bonnes pratiques en termes de relation ville/port.
The Greenport conference took place in Marseilles from 3 to 5 October. Partners of the event, AIVP seized this occasion to meet its Marseille members and get updated on their projects. One session dedicated to port city relations was chaired by Greta Marini.
Luis Guillermo Carpio Malavasi, Recteur de l’Université nationale à Distance du Costa Rica (UNED), et Jean Pierre Lecomte, Président de l’AIVP, ont signé un accord dans le cadre du programme de recherche pour le développement des villes portuaires du Costa Rica (PROCIP).
Carla Jong is Port City manager at the Port of Amsterdam. This meeting reconfirms the importance of a comprehensive and shared long term vision of port-city development projects.
AIVP : Carla, it seems that the battle for space is an important issue for the Port of Amsterdam. How can you deal with an extensive throughput of 100 MT of goods which places you as the 4th Port in Europe? Does the development and planning process of the port areas, close to the city, demand a lot of time, dialogue and compromises ?
The programme of this week of discovery aimed at making the various facets of port life better understood by the public and schoolchildren. The “Port and the sea” visit for instance enabled the college students present to take size –and the outsize – of container activity thanks to the commentaries of the guides and a very close look at the vessels alongside that day in Port 2000. This success shows, as if it was necessary, a real interest in the port world often ignored by the wider public.
Denis Davoult represented AIVP for the first meeting of the jury for the Espo Award on societal integration in Brussels on 11th September 2012.
The 2012 edition is on the topic of Youth, a topic which AIVP is evidently very aware of, notably through its Port Center Network. 23 ports have posed their candidatures. A success for Espo, but also a wealth and a multiplicity of initiatives which particularly impressed the members of the jury. Obviously, for the ports youth of all ages, children as well as students, present a privileged target with one objective : to make them understand as early as possible the port world and to arouse vocations.
A pre-selection of 10 ports was made by the jury: Antwerp, Bremenports, Cartagena, Dover, Genoa, Marseille, Piraeus, Rotterdam, Santa Cruz de Tenerife et Venice. The winner will be announced in Brussels on 7 November next.
A study by the Observatory Cities and Port of the Indian Ocean
Comparative survey covering Durban (South Africa), Le Port (Reunion – France), Mombasa (Kenya), Mutsamudu (Comoros), Port-Louis (Mauritius), Toamasina (Madagascar), Victoria (Seychelles)
The offer for cruise products has known quite an evolution in the last three decades. The emergence of world-wide shipping companies, the manufacturing of always more performing and bigger cruise liners along with the development of new marketing strategies have enabled the cruise business to become one of the most dynamic segments in global tourism over the last few years.
Interview : Henk de Bruijn, Director Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands
(13th World Conference Cities and Ports – 20/06/2012)*
AIVP : The port of Rotterdam has recently presented its new long term vision: Port Vision 2030. What do you think are the main questions to be solved to be a successful port of the future ?
H. De Bruijn : The port of Rotterdam has set two main strategic goals for the coming decades: to become the Global Hub & Europe’s Industrial Cluster. In order to reach our goals, we see some major issues. Here, I would like to mention the need to reduce the environmental nuisance experienced by citizens living close to the port and realize a transition of the industry in the port. Related to that, the port-city relation is vital. And the major challenge lies in innovation. I believe that the port that is able to create, test and implement smart solutions to these main issues will be a successful port in the future. “Tested in Rotterdam, sold to the world” will be our motto for the coming years.