A riverside park and facilities developed in Tampa (USA) were designed with local residents, and have just received an award
Can efforts to protect against rising sea levels be profitable?
Developing the city on land reclaimed from the sea in anticipation of rising sea levels could be an opportunity to acquire new urban spaces and facilities. Several such projects have been launched, in Copenhagen, New York, Singapore, and Jakarta. This solution to the climate risk could even generate substantial profits from the sale of the new land and the facilities developed on it, unlike more traditional methods such as building protective embankments. But there is still debate, not just on this point, but also on the need to avoid compromising the quality of facilities made available to the public.
San Francisco (USA): a park that remembers its port history
Crane Cove Park is part of the redevelopment plan intended to convert the former naval yards at Pier 70 for urban uses. Designed by Aecom, the new park deliberately retains vestiges of the site’s industrial past, including two port cranes and a launch ramp, while the materials and colour schemes employed will also reference the port. The park will be part of the “Blue greenway”, a network of parks and public spaces reconnecting the city with the waterfront. The ramp formerly used to launch ships will be preserved, and will act as a flood defence.
In Brest (France), the new promenade between the city and port and its viewing tower offer new views of the roadstead and port activities
In cooperation with local residents, the Port of Riga (Latvia) is developing sports fields and recreational areas
To encourage residents and artists to come together in the waterfront district, Port Angeles (WA, United States) is creating a culture and congress centre
Shanghai waterfront: urban ecology and heritage
A 2.7 kilometer stretch of public space has been developed along the Huangpu. The environment is a key priority for the project, which involves adopting low-carbon technology, re-using some of the existing vegetation, and deploying “spongy city” technologies to anticipate flood risks, etc. The area will house sports and leisure activities, along with urban art, and is taking advantage of the existing industrial heritage.
Tallinn (Estonia): urban developments around a passenger terminal
The City has planned housing, commercial spaces and a promenade in the area around terminal A. A third cruise dock is also under consideration. The 66.1 hectare site is located in a listed heritage zone to the north of the Old Port. The plan also refers to the 2030 masterplan for the Old Port designed by Zaha Hadid. This strategy of integrating urban and port activities will help make the city a more attractive destination.
European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) will have its permanent headquarter in the Port of Algeciras (Spain)
New public participation process announced for 2020 in the port of San Antonio (Chile) for the megaport project
Port interpretation center created in Palma de Mallorca (Spain): the new cultural facility will explain the history of the port and will be hosted in a refurbished historical building.
Historic images of the port of Dublin (Ireland) foster engagement with the citizens
Port of Dublin launched a special communication campaign featuring dozens of photographs from the 1920s to the 1960s. The images, disclosed now for the first time, show the life and working of the port of Dublin during the first half of the 20th century. The archive of the port of Dublin contains 75 000 photographs and 30 000 engineering drawings, besides maps and other documents. The origin of the disclosed photographs remains a mystery and the port has made a public call for members of the docklands community to help identify the author. This action fosters a new engagement with the local community, highlighting the port identity of the city.
New food cluster created in Bahia Blanca (Argentina)
The port authority of Bahia Blanca met with stakeholders representing different sectors in the food production and logistic chain to set the foundation of the new food cluster. This initiative is framed in the port vision 2040. The goal of the cluster is to raise collaboration and efficiency between the different actors in the chains, increase the competitiveness of the local production and its export capacity. The cluster will also seek collaboration with innovative technology companies and research institutions including universities, focused on food production and export, that could result in new start-ups in the sector. This initiative shows the commitment of the port of Bahía Blanca with the AIVP Agenda 2030, that they recently ratified.
Port of Valencia (Spain) leads the implementation of hydrogen generated energy in container terminals in Europe
Port of Venice (Italy) welcomes schoolchildren and artists for an educational project
The port authority of Venice (Italy) took part in the educational project the “Alphabet of Marghera”, within its Open Port program. The port was responsible for explaining the letter “P” of the Alphabet, taking the children and one artist to discover the Port and inspire the final colourful painting. The project involved 600 children from local schools, artists and entrepreneurs, to promote the sustainable development of Marghera, with artistic installations. The port of Venice celebrates this year the 20th anniversary of its Open Port. This kind of initiatives contribute to goal 6 of the Aivp Agenda 2030: Disclosing port culture and identity.
EU project “Smooth Ports” launched to reduce the impact of road traffic in port areas
This European project was launched in Hamburg and will extend until 2023 as part of the Interreg program. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions from port-related road traffic by improving regional policy instruments. Smooth Ports will focus on three main topics: optimizing clearance procedures of goods, traffic information and communication technologies and use of alternative fuels in port activities. Besides the lead partner, the Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation of Hamburg, among the partners are also two AIVP members, Ports of Nantes Saint Nazaire (FR) and Livorno (IT).
Port of Museum of Tarragona will be expanded as part of the celebration of 150th anniversary of the port of Tarragona (Spain). The celebration program will include other four main cultural events.
New Sustainable Procurement Plan implemented in the Port of Gijón (Spain). All new contracting or provisions will be assessed taking into consideration the environmental impact
Environment and climate: how far has the maritime and port sector progressed?
Reducing carbon footprints, developing new energy sources, promoting multimodality, and electrifying installations are all areas in which ports have been taking responsibility for nearly ten years. AIVP provides you with regular updates on the latest developments in these areas, in which there is also a trend towards greater cooperation, with ten Nordic ports recently announcing initiatives to tackle the issues involved. At sea, with one month to go before the new IMO regulations come into force, things appear to be moving more slowly. In a recent report by the Global Maritime Forum, the maritime industry itself expressed concern about its preparedness for the new regulations, decarbonisation and the demands of civil society.
Port territory: planning a shared City Port future
Associated British Ports is arguing in favour of shared governance of the City Port territory, calling on politicians to do more to take account of port master plans in their policies. The scale of the commercial, environmental, technical and social changes requires a concerted approach, bringing together all local communities (City Port). These observations go hand in hand with the Port Futures programme, through which ABP is urging its members to innovate).
Multimodality is key to port-city performance
Fierce competition between port territories has always come down to onshore mobility issues. As a result, rail and river links are strategically important, since they are the only ways to transport goods to and from the port whilst respecting the public’s environmental concerns. The future European Transport Commissioner has made the issue a central policy plank, while there is also visible investment on the ground. Kiel (Germany) is developing the capacity to support 740 metre-long trains, while Long Beach (USA) is committed to expanding its main rail infrastructures. In Canada, the ports of Quebec and Halifax are making rail links to the centre of the country and the American Midwest a key component of efforts to develop container activity. In many cases, the choice for ports is a multimodal future, or no future at all.
In-situ trials begin on an autonomous container barge in Belgium, to enhance the economic and social attractiveness of the river.
Offshore wind in ports also means training: the Port of Blyth (UK) has created a wind turbine training facility.
The new port of Trellenborg (Sweden) will generate 50% of its energy needs from wind and solar power.
Offshore wind: port cities are not resting on their laurels!
For the International Energy Agency, investments in offshore wind are set to reach 900 billion euros by 2040, with a 15-fold increase in generation capacity by 15. While Europe is leading the way, port cities all over the world are taking a proactive approach to the issue, including in the United States, despite the Trump administration’s reluctance. Not a week goes by without some major project or initiative being announced, at varying stages of advancement from one country to the next, or even from one port to the next, depending on the extent to which the industry has developed locally. Examples announced in recent days include the creation of logistics hubs in Connecticut (USA) and France, prototype installations in Spain, and energy conversion strategies in Japan