Mega-ships: which impacts for port-cities?
This year’s annual general meeting of our association in Malaga will once again be an opportunity to bring together all those with a stake in the sustainable development of port communities. In Malaga we will be debating the issue of mega-ships, not just the shipping behemoths but also the giant cruise liners, which for many of us are a very real manifestation of globalisation, and perhaps of its excesse… Port authorities and local communities need to work together to devise new strategies.
Today AIVP has more than 185 member organisations in 44 countries. Fourteen new members have joined AIVP since January 2016: a very significant step forward in network development for the first half of this year.
Trishala Suresh, an Indian student from Bangalore who is studying in France at the Europe Asia Campus of the Political Sciences Institute “Sciences Po” has joined the AIVP permanent team on a 3-month attachment. Her presence will enable us to develop our network and promote the 15th Rotterdam Conference in India and Asia.
“Insights into the Indian Maritime Industry and Ports in India” by Trishala Suresh
Around forty delegates from AIVP came together in Antwerp for two days of visits and presentations on the theme of city-port-citizen relations. This special event is reserved for AIVP members, providing an opportunity to share feedback and experience on specific topics such as Port Centers and societal integration.
A delegation from the Port Authority of Douala led by Mr Edwin Zibi Ebanga, Head of Department for State Land and Activities Management, visited the offices of AIVP on 30 March 2016. The Port of Douala is faced with congestion issues, and was keen to draw on the expertise of AIVP.
In September 2015 the Port Council of Pasaia gave the green light for the Special Plan for the regeneration of Pasaia Bay. 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. 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.
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José Sanchez, author of “The Port and the City – On board Diary”, took an interest in the question of spatial governance in port cities at the AESOP YA conference in Ghent (Belgium) on 22 March 2016.
The subject was addressed from the angle of institutional relations, physical interaction and societal integration in the six European port cities of Genoa, Rotterdam, Marseilles, Lisbon and Helsinki.
José Sanchez, a trained architect, will be conducting research in the field of societal integration and the development of the Port Center concept within AIVP until the end of April 2016.
10th YA Conference 2016 Ghent
For more than 25 years, AIVP is the privileged witness to the developments under way in the cities and ports all over the world. The Dock Infos is one of those meetings the AIVP put forwards to its worldwide network to insure its creation purpose: sharing experiences, as attested by some of our member’s feedback.
President of AIVP
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José Sanchez, a trained architect currently pursuing a Ph.D at the Hafencity University Hamburg, has made the relationship between the city and the port one of the key themes of his doctoral thesis. José will be working with AIVP until the end of April 2016, during which time he will be conducting research in the field of societal integration and the development of the Port Center concept.
The delegation, made up of around twenty French professionals, is part of a working group created to exchange best practices in the field of sustainable urban planning. For this year, they have chosen to focus on the global costs of development operations.