Interviews

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

Ibiza, Balearic Islands. The great port-city transformation

Denis DAVOULT13 December 2017

An interview with Mr Joan GUAL DE TORRELLA GUASP, Chairman of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands

Going for a stroll around Ibiza’s Marina today bears little resemblance to what the residents of this beautiful Mediterranean town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, experienced less than a decade ago. The port on the largest of the Balearic Islands has seen considerable change over the last 15 years and is in the midst of a unique restyling project.

The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands is member of AIVP since 1995

Stockholm Royal Seaport: towards a smart port city model

Denis DAVOULT30 August 2017

Interview with Johan Castwall, Chief Executive Officer, Ports of Stockholm

On October 2016, after three years of works, Ports of Stockholm inaugurated the new port of Värtahamnen. This reconstruction of Värtahamnen is part of the large urban development project, the Stockholm Royal Seaport. Stockholm Royal Seaport: this old industrial-port zone is gradually being turned into a port district which in 2030 will provide homes for 12,000 people, as well as 35,000 new jobs. Citizen consultation, new technologies, sustainable urban development, the project is nothing short of a demonstration of the smart port city. How the Port and the City of Stockholm are jointly working to achieve this ambitious goal?

Ports of Stockholm is member of AIVP since 2006

Competing Through Port-City Animation

Denis DAVOULT12 June 2017

Interview with Yann Alix, Sefacil Foundation.

The AIVP Days in Le Havre will be led by Yann Alix, Chief Executive of the Sefacil Foundation, a think tank which studies forward-looking ideas for maritime, port and logistic strategy. Yann also works as Head of Marketing & Strategy for SOGET SA, the Port Community Systems market leader.
We spoke to him about the issue of port-city animation, which will be the key focus of our discussions on 29 and 30 June.

Soget is a member of AIVP since 2003

Port of Vancouver: sustainably addressing the challenges of growth

Denis DAVOULT8 February 2017

Interview : Duncan Wilson, Vice Président, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is member of AIVP since 2015.

More than 50 per cent of British Columbia’s population lives in Metro Vancouver, a region where available land supply is geographically restricted. According to current forecasts, Metro Vancouver’s population is set to grow by 1 million people by 2041. At the same time, trade with Canada is also growing, particularly with Asia and through the Port of Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, enabling the trade of approximately 20 per cent of Canada’s entire trade in goods (by value). Most of the 1450 hectares of land under the stewardship of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the federal body that manages port land) is in use. As a region, only about a 10-year supply of trade-enabling land remains, making the port authority’s job to prepare for growing trade very challenging.

Valparaiso, the Puerto Barón project is being re-launched

Denis DAVOULT2 December 2016

Interview : Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara, Director General, Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso, Chile Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso is member of AIVP since 2002.

The Puerto Barón project, a planned urban and waterfront transformation, was awarded to Mall Plaza in 2006. It has been widely debated and must also comply with the requirements of UNESCO, as Valparaiso has been classed as a World Heritage City since 2003. Valparaiso Port Company, Mall Plaza and a number of authorities announced last July that it was being re-launched. Work on the final phase of the project is also due to be launched.

AIVP – Could you remind us of the main outlines of this project, and how they have changed in response to community debates and concerns about their impact on the city’s heritage infrastructure?

Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara – The origin and purpose of the Puerto Barón initiative is to open up the waterfront to the public, permanently – all day and every day. Today this space is used for port traffic and transfers, blocking any direct relationship between the city and the waterfront in the area opposite the El Almendral quarter; this is the widest flat area in the whole of the city’s low coastal strip before it starts to climb up the surrounding hills.

“… re-engage with the possibilities that have been opened up by the big port cities, a high degree of proximity, where the city and port form an indivisible whole port”

Denis DAVOULT7 September 2016

Interview : Jean-Marc Gaulier, architecte-paysagiste et urbaniste, Urbicus, France Urbicus is member of AIVP since 2015.

Urbicus became a member of AIVP’s worldwide network in 2015, joining the likes of Haropa Ports de Paris, for which Urbicus provides urban planning consultancy and project management services. For Ports de Paris, itself a long-standing member of AIVP, the challenge of integrating port activities into the urban landscape is a strategically important one. How does Urbicus approach this issue? To find out, we spoke to Jean-Marc Gaulier, landscape architect and urban planning consultant, who created Urbicus in 1996.