Bellingham (USA): city and port finally reach an agreement on the waterfront
After years of discussions, the Port has finally approved unanimously the master plan proposed by the City for a 96 ha site on the waterfront. A few small marine industries will be preserved alongside the housing, businesses, parks, etc. which are programmed.
Iquique: a pedestrian promenade to open the port to the city
The port of Iquique wants to develop the sector involved to create 20,000 m² of storage space, but also new spaces for the community. This first stage opens the way for future urban uses and a connection with the city centre.
Stockholm: three proposals retained for the future Nobel Centre were chosen for the quality of their integration into the waterfront
Source : Nobel Center
Pasajes: the Municipality approves the construction of sixteen dwellings in the old port
Le Port (Réunion Island) opens a decisive stage in the port-city project with the new basin
Industrial activities have already been moved from the West port to the East port. But the excavation of the yacht basin at the end of 2013 will lead on to all the other work for the construction of flats, hotels, leisure and cultural facilities, etc. – and a new West port open to the town.
Source : Journal de la Ville du Port, novembre 2013, p. 2-3
Bilbao: the port buys the last crane on Zorroza and will pass this cultural heritage object to the city
Source : Bilbao Port
Seville bets on total flexibility for its new cruise ship terminal
Based on re-used containers, the terminal set up in Las Delicias can be reconfigured to adapt to how its traffic evolves, or could even be moved to another site. This design is also a response to the desire to integrate it architecturally with the nearby historical centre. (© Hombre de Piedra – Buró4)
Source: Domus (+ images, plans)
Seattle appeals to artists to contribute to the central sector of its waterfront (Closing date: 19 December)
Source : World Architecture Community
Italy’s ports association launches the Italian Port Days to raise public awareness about port life and culture
The event will be held simultaneously in every port in the country between 15 and 21 May. A variety of activities will be available, including meetings, tours, fun workshops, etc., all with a dual objective: to promote the societal integration of ports and to strengthen City Port links. The event will close with a press conference at the Port Center in Livorno, a member of AIVP’s Port Center Network.
Puertos del Estado from Spain develops broad overarching sustainability strategy to anticipate the consequences of traffic increases
Full article: El Vigía
MCT terminal in Gioia Tauro will use hybrid straddle carriers reducing emissions
Full article: Portal portuario
New interpretations of the Port Center concept are emerging worldwide
In the past weeks we have seen news portraying new models of Port Centers. In Southampton the 1851 trust, from the sailing team INEOS, has a space named STEM Crew HQ with a rich educational content to link the classroom to the maritime world, especially in sciences, technology, math and engineering. In Florida, the new Sea the World Storefront, from Marine Industry, will open next May, with an exhibition and activities to engage with students and raise awareness to maritime professions, investing on human capital and education. In Hamburg, the Discovery Dock opened in April, from private investors, that created this space to explore the port as an attraction, using advanced VR gadgets. Finally, we could also read that the port of Barcelona will open its Port Center in 2021, framed in the special plan Port Vell. These news confirm AIVP’s message, that citizen engagement, port culture and education are crucial for sustainable port-city relationships, and that Port Centers are a crucial tools for these purposes
Transnet and port of Durban start a clean-up initiative to remove the waste brought by the major storm from last April 23.
Full article: Greenport
Port of Seattle strengths its commitment to become environmentally sustainable, prioritizing electric energy to reduce emissions
Full article: Greenport
Mayors of Chilean port cities meet the transport minister to demand new port law that clearly creates benefits for local inhabitants
Full article: Portal portuario
Port of LA will use hydrogen powered trucks to connect with the terminals in the port of Long Beach
Full article: Revista Cargo
EU project “Durable” proposes using drones and robots to make green energy infrastructure easier to deploy and maintain
Full article: All about shipping
Cutting CO2 emissions: proposals to limit sailing speeds do not enjoy unanimous support. But could we see the end of just-in-time?
For certain experts, slowing ships too much would make additional vessels necessary, which would wipe out the benefits in terms of CO2 emissions. But given the need to act against climate change, some are suggesting that cities, ports, logistics operators, industry and consumers should be prepared to accept a reasonable increase in delivery times. In which case that additional vessel would simply be unnecessary.
Full article: The Loadstar
India: the Metropolitan Region of Chennai plans eight freight corridors to ease congestion in the city around the ports of Ennore and Katupalli.
Full article: The New Indian Express
Croatia: the bankruptcy of the Rijeka and Pula shipyards sees a whole maritime industry disappear with the loss of 1,100 jobs.
Full article: Le Marin
The Walvis Bar Corridor Group signals its confidence in Namibia’s development as a logistics platform for Southern Africa
Full article: Africa Ports
The ports of Antwerp, Ghent and Rotterdam take part in the Porthos project to capture 10Mt of CO2 for burial beneath the North Sea.
Full article: The Guardian
USA: the State of Washington launches its Maritime Blue 2050 Initiative based on a public-private partnership
Discussions between businesses and institutional leaders begun in 2013 led to the creation of the Washington Maritime Foundation in 2015. There are now six action programmes focused on territorial marketing territorial, knowledge sharing, business networking, training, an investment fund, and a research and innovation cluster.
Full article: The Maritime Executive
Australia: a port policy based on the three priorities of multimodality, connections to shipping routes, and training for young people
Full article: Port Strategy
Singapore: the mega transshipment port of Tuas, a strategic gamble that carries logistical and economic risks.
Full article: Splash 247
When port cities take part in the food logistics chain and food innovations
The 60 hectare platform in the Maasvlakte zone of the Port of Rotterdam is set to host the Rotterdam Food Hub. Food industry firms will set up in these zones, facilitating the shipping of refrigerated or frozen goods. At the same time in Valencia, a research centre focusing on sustainable food is being created at the Marina, with technical support from the FAO.