Interviews

vice mayor of the city of Antwerp, responsible for mobility

Antwerp: a new approach to mobility for the benefit of the City, its citizens and the Port

Denis DAVOULT19 February 2020

Deploying sustainable mobility is one of the ten goals set out in the AIVP 2030 Agenda. The European Civitas Portis initiative is an example of a project aimed at identifying solutions to achieve it. It is coordinated by Antwerp, and to get a better idea of the expected results, we spoke to Mr. Koen Kennis, vice mayor of the city of Antwerp, responsible for mobility.

portrait Alain Lefebvre

Lille’s ports targeting territorial integration

Hermeline DELEPOUVE6 February 2020

While the Urban Multimodal Distribution Centre is taking time to get up to speed, the task of integrating Ports de Lille into the metropolitan and regional fabric is more strategically important than ever.

Relying on 12 sites along the wide canals of the Hauts-de-France region, Ports de Lille is looking for innovative ways to meet the needs of logistics operators, who are faced with the daily challenges posed by e-commerce at the heart of France’s fourth-largest city.

Alain Lefebvre, Chief Executive of Ports de Lille, gives us more insight into the relationship between these ports and the territory in which they are based.

Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes: putting climate change at the heart of the port’s activity

Denis DAVOULT25 November 2019

Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes recently ratified the AIVP Agenda 2030. Both the initiatives undertaken by the port in recent years and its current projects are firmly in line with the ten goals that make up our Agenda. This is particularly true of several projects which tie in with three specific Agenda goals, namely adapting to climate change, the energy transition and circular economy, and protecting biodiversity.

Port of Bilbao: innovating to reconnect with citizens

José SANCHEZ21 October 2019

Interview with Mr. Ricardo Barkala Zumelzu – President of the Bilbao Port Authority

The Port of Bilbao is the largest port on the Atlantic coast of Spain and one of the principal ports of the country, with a cargo flow of almost 36 million tons in 2018. At the same time, the metropolitan area of the city of Bilbao has a population of over one million inhabitants. In recent decades, the urban waterfront has undergone major modifications, known all over the world for its most symbolic construction, the Guggenheim Museum. However, city-planning is much more complex than the famous cultural installation; plans have had to be developed for the Abandoibarra zone, and more recently for Zorrotzaurre. The port has played a fundamental role in this transformation process, releasing land and relocating some of its operations along the waterfront. The new configuration of the port implies new challenges, like maintaining contact with the citizens now that they do not have as direct a connection with port activities as they used to. 

Dublin: the Docklands, a testbed for a Smart City District

Denis DAVOULT9 October 2019

Interview with Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead – Dublin City Council.

Officially launched in February 2018, Smart Docklands is the result of various initiatives launched in the past years. The programme concerns a district which currently home 500 businesses, 44,000 workers and 26,000 residents. The priorities for this smart district are the mobility, environment, buildings and infrastructures.
Could the innovative solutions currently being tested and/or implemented in Dublin be replicated by AIVP port cities members who are facing the same challenges? Let’s talk with Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead – Dublin City Council.

Freeport of Riga: environment, passengers, social responsibility – three major areas for development

Denis DAVOULT29 April 2019

Interview with Edgars Sūna, Deputy CEO for Port Development, Freeport of Riga

The Port of Riga unveiled its Development programme 2019-2028 at the beginning of this year. It will be based on a socially responsible policies, sustainable use of resources and care for the environment. An opportunity for us to discuss that with Edgars Sūna as a prelude to the AIVP Days that will be held in Riga on 6-8 June 2019.

 

The Freeport of Riga Authority is an active member of AIVP since 2006!

“Factoría de Cohesión”, different actions towards the same goal: to integrate the port and the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Denis DAVOULT28 February 2019

Interview with Alberto Dieter Graeff, Delegate of the Presidency, Factoría de Cohesión

Factoría de Cohesión is a young organization created in 2015, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). Their main mission is to foster greater social, economic, environmental and spatial integration between city and port. Their main supporters are the port authority and the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. At the same time, they also collaborate with several public regional organizations, including universities and cultural and business associations. Since it was created, Factoría de Cohesión has developed an intense agenda of activities, combining port and urban interests. These activities are aligned with several goals of the Agenda AIVP 2030 for sustainable City Port relationships. In this interview with Alberto Dieter Graeff, we will get to know them better, their origin, the motivation of the team and their current initiatives.

 

Port of Dunkirk: Committed to Integration

Denis DAVOULT16 October 2018

Interview with M. Stéphane RAISON, Chairman of the Executive Board of Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque (GPMD).

The Port of Dunkirk asked AGUR (the Planning & Development Agency) to produce a « Guide of best environmental and landscaping practices ». The Guide was approved by the Port of Dunkirk – Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque (GPMD) on 29 June of this year, and is now attached to all new occupancy agreements signed with GPMD’s customers. It will also be incorporated into existing contracts as and when they are renewed. Finally, it will soon be available directly from the GMPD’s website. This approach, aimed at ensuring that industrial and logistics activities are properly integrated into the Dunkirk conurbation, its various municipalities and natural spaces, is of course of great interest to AIVP and the members of its worldwide network.

The Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque has been an active member of AIVP since 1989!
The Communauté Urbaine de Dunkerque and the AGUR are AIVP members too.

 

Strasbourg: restoring the Port to the heart of the City

Denis DAVOULT26 February 2018

Interview with Emilie Gravier, Director of Port Development and Promotion,
Port Autonome de Strasbourg – PAS

“Once at the heart of the medieval and modern city, the port of Strasbourg was for most of the 20th century located on a site some distance away. The city has now expanded to join the port on the banks of the Rhine, restoring the port of Strasbourg to its urban character, and adding extra responsibility,“ explains Emilie Gravier. The response includes a raft of measures, including developments in the port’s central zone in conjunction with urban projects in the Deux-Rives district, actions to improve urban mobility and optimising traffic flows, better integration between the port, city and natural environment, efforts to ensure the best use of port spaces and landscaping, and citizen-facing initiatives. All of these measures are intended to reflect the additional layer of responsibility and optimise city-port integration.

The Port Autonome de Strasbourg is a member of AIVP since 1989