Interview with Carla Jong, Port of Amsterdam

webmaster9 October 2012

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 ?

Le Havre : 1400 participants for the « 1st Port Week »

webmaster3 October 2012

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.

Espo Award 2012 : a short list of ten ports

webmaster11 September 2012

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.


New solutions for improving the reception of cruise activities in The South-Western Indian Ocean

webmaster30 August 2012

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.

Port cities, the challenges of tomorrow

webmaster13 August 2012

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.

Interview with Roman Dantec

webmaster8 August 2012

Spokesman for the Rio+20 summit of United Cities and local Governments


AIVP : During your previous intervention on the occasion of the 12th World Conference of AIVP  in Buenos Aires in November 2010, you drew the attention of people responsible for the development  of port cities on the consequences of climate change. What is the position today ?

RD : The situation is extremely worrying. The subject was not directly tackled in Rio, which was not a conference on climate change, however, the question is in everybody’s mind. The decision taken in Durban, in 2011, was to try to negotiate a new international agreement on climate by 2015 which would, this time, engage all the big polluters, including the emerging countries. For the ports, one of the impacts of climate warming will be the rise in sea levels. New extremely serious studies, in particular American ones, tend to show that this increase has been underestimated.  We are closer today to a rise of 1.50 metres by the end of the century than the 70 cm to 1 metre previously announced. This means tomorrow. There is a considerable difference, and stakeholders in the development of port cities must absolutely already take this data into account today in the context of their investments and projects.

Can inspiration be found in port cities ?

webmaster30 July 2012

Interview : Mario Girard, President-Director General, Port of Quebec, Canada

(13th World Conference Cities and Ports – 19/06/2012)*

AIVP : You were appointed President-Director General of the Quebec Port Authority in January 2011. After 18 months at the head of the port, how would you describe the City-Port relation in Quebec ?

M. Girard : I consider that the City-Port relation is developing strongly. When I arrived in the job, one of the first things I did as PDG was to commission a public survey to find out the level of people’s perception and knowledge about the Quebec Port Authority (QPA) and its operations. The results were very revealing. According to the survey, people were generally ill-informed about the Port of Quebec. This led to the creation of several myths which are solidly anchored in the imagination of people in Quebec. For that reason, my team and I have made the effort to meet a very large number of action groups representing as faithfully as possible all the people who live around the Port of Quebec. This activity has enabled us to re-establish the facts in several cases, and to develop new bases on which we are now consolidating our City-Port relation. This initiative has given birth to a community relations committee to ensure that the efforts we make survive over time.

One ocean, many cities and ports

webmaster19 July 2012

The Observatory Cities and Ports of the Indian Ocean (OVPOI) covers a geographical area of 10.6 million km² containing 185 million inhabitants at the cross roads between Africa and Asia. Through its network, OVPOI wishes to contribute to the formalisation of a regional identity. The publication One ocean, many cities and ports, co-signed by Wilfird Bertile, Marie-Annick Lamy-Giner and Philippe Le Gal is included in this approach. A voyage in pictures enables the port communities of Durban (South Africa), Le Port (Reunion Island), Mamoudzou (Mayotte), Maputo (Mozambique), Monbasa (Kenya), Mutsamudu (Comores), Toamasina (Madagascar), Port Louis (Mauritius), Victoria (Seychelles), as well as those of the other members of the network to be discovered. The principal statistics on the cities and the ports complete the document.

The book is available from the Observatory: info@io-aivp.org


13th World Conference Cities and Ports : Lessons from Saint-Nazaire and Nantes

webmaster11 July 2012

The 13th World Conference of Cities and Ports organised In Saint-Nazaire and Nantes from 18 to 21 June 2012 assembled 450 participants coming from 46 countries.

This new World Conference of AIVP had the ambition to take bearings on the answers brought by the stakeholders of the development of port cities to their problematics of development. The angle of approach of the city-port projects chosen this time by AIVP was that of the place of the port and of its functions in the implementation of the sustainable development strategies of the port cities and regions. Globalisation, the effects of which on cities and ports were more at the centre of the reflections over the last few years, is today perfectly digested by the territories. The participants to this latest AIVP Conference are no longer questioning themselves about globalisation but revealed the emergence of new territorial strategies and of cooperation illustrated by numerous examples: energy transition and reconversion of city and port territories; new cooperation between port activities, industrial sectors, and University and research spheres; “tailor made” governances, in particular associating the citizens…