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22 June 2020

In Helsinki (Finland), the Museum of Architecture and Design to be built in the South Harbour district is part of the post-Covid recovery strategy

Dezeen (+ images)

15 June 2020

Bordeaux’s submarine base set to become a digital arts centre!

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Having been postponed owing to the coronavirus crisis, the “Bassins de Lumières” project was finally inaugurated on 10 June. The initiative involves two major digital exhibitions featuring the painters Gustav Klimt and Paul Klee, with images projected on the walls of the submarine base and the surface of the water in the dock basins. Between 350,000 and 400,000 visitors are expected annually. The project has given a new lease of life to this iconic building, and the “Bassins à Flot” district as a whole.

20 minutes (+ video) ; The “Bassins de lumières”

15 June 2020

A new project for the Santa Fe waterfront (Argentina) unveiled, despite the Covid pandemic

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Three new apartment blocks will be built by 2026 in the former port precinct of Santa Fe. With unrivalled views of the city and river, they will add to other constructions already completed or currently in progress (including shops, a business and services centre, etc.). For many, the site is set to be another Puerto Madero. The Covid crisis has failed to hold up the project, and is even seen as an opportunity by property developers, with market prices predicted to rise.

El Litoral

15 June 2020

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), the Port has handed over a 2,500 m² site to the City, to be turned into a play area for children

El Dia

15 June 2020

In Huelva (Spain), 1,500 trees and 24,000 plants will be put in place along an avenue that stretches for over 5 kilometres between the Port and City, to help integrate the route more effectively

Huelva24

10 June 2020

A masterplan for the former shipyard in Guangzhou (China)

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The masterplan for the “Future Harbour City” was designed by Spark Architects. The project covers a 2 km stretch of land along the river, with three distinct precincts planned: a business precinct (with shops and offices), a residential precinct, and a heritage precinct. For the latter of these, there are plans to re-use the old shipyard’s dry dock and launch ramps, notably in conjunction with cultural amenities. Spark has aimed for conviviality rather than density, by including numerous green spaces, pedestrian promenades, and good connections with the city.

aasarchitecture (+ images, plans)

10 June 2020

City Port projects: economic engines to drive the post-Covid recovery?

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The main stakeholders involved in the Swansea Bay City Deal project (UK) are certainly convinced. Some £1.8 billion in funding has been earmarked, and 9,000 qualified jobs should be generated by the huge project covering a range of sectors. Digital development will be a key priority, with the “Waterfront Digital District”, along with the transition to a low-carbon growth by using marine energy and innovative solutions applied to the steel industry.

➜ Business News Wales ; Swansea Bay City Deal

10 June 2020

Valencia re-launches its invitation for tenders for the new passenger terminal, which will need to be sustainable while showcasing heritage

➜ Valencia Port ; Europapress

10 June 2020

Melbourne: elevated parks and public spaces in the South Bank precinct to create a new relationship with the river. Plans for an office block have also been announced

Architecture Australia

10 June 2020

Recycling containers for urban uses: the latest example is in Valparaiso (Chile), with the “Winebox Valparaíso hotel” comprised of 25 containers

Mascontainer (+ video)

Citizen Port

8 July 2020

New Port Center in Dunkirk

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Last Saturday, 4th of July, the Port Center of Dunkirk (France) opened its doors to public for the 1st time. The process started 2 years ago, with the support of the main partners, the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Port Authority, ACMAPOR association (Association for the creation of a home for port life and traditions) and the Port Museum. The new Port Center is located in the Port Museum and its exhibition is based on 7 topics: the identity the port, ships, goods, men, territory, prospects and opening to the world. The new space with 240 sqm. will be main point for the port-city-citizen relationship.

Dunkerque Port Center

8 July 2020

Port of Dakar (Senegal) extends its support to local hospitals, donating 10 mechanical ventilators.

Port of Dakar

8 July 2020

Beauport Bay in Quebec (Canada) will be the object of significant investment to mitigate the effects of the Laurentia project. The interventions have been agreed in a collaborative effort with local organizations

➜ Port of Quebec

8 July 2020

Protecting Biodiversity in Port Cities: Working with nature in Sevilla

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The port of Sevilla (Spain) presents an innovative project combining the management of dredging sediments and the creation of new habitats for threatened aquatic birds. This project follows the new work philosophy of “working with nature” and is a collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). More ports around world are making new efforts for biodiversity. The port of Singapore has commissioned a coral relocation and conservation program, and in Imbituba (Brazil), the port launched the 12º edition of the whale monitoring program as part of their environmental plan.

Port of Sevilla (PDF), Rice Media, Portos e Navios

8 July 2020

Port Cities and Universities working together

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Human Capital development is goal 5 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, and a priority for many members. The port of Venice will allocate €600k for the Ca’ Foscari University to create a study center focused on maritime and logistic activities. Part of the funding will also be dedicated to the new “Venice Science Gallery”. In Bahía Blanca, Argentina, the port has signed new agreements with the National Technological University (Bahía Blanca Regional Faculty), with whom we have already been working together, to develop new educational programs. In Algeciras, Spain, the city, the port and the university are working together for the creation of the European Sea University, in the Lago Marítimo project.

Nuova Venezia, Facebook (Bahía Blanca), El Estrecho Digital

1 July 2020

The Port of Auckland (New Zealand) create a vertical garden

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The aim is to integrate its car-handling terminal building more effectively into the urban surroundings. It will form a local landmark for the City Port and its roof will be turned into a public park within a few years. It will also promote biodiversity. The garden meets sustainability criteria, and everything in it can be either re-used or recycled.

Hanging Gardens ; Video

1 July 2020

New EU project to reduce the air and acoustic pollution in cities. The port of Valencia will host one of the pilot projects.

Esmarcity

1 July 2020

Archive of the port of Lisbon joins the celebration of the City of Archives of Barreiro, with special visits and exhibitions.

Barreiro municipality

1 July 2020

Is hydrogen the best solution for the energy transition in Port Cities?

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Reducing the emissions and the environmental footprint is one of the main challenges for port cities. Even though in some cases, urban traffic might be the main pollution source, as the Port of Valencia (Spain) shows in a recent study, ports still play a crucial role. Although there is no silver bullet, a combination of existing solutions and new fuels like hydrogen is showing promising results. For example, in Lisbon (Portugal), the city announced a pilot project of a green hydrogen production station for vehicles, while the port will electrify its quays starting in 2022, reducing cruises pollution. In Valencia, the port will have a hydrogen refuelling station already in 2021, framed in the H2PORTS EU project. Other key green energy projects in Spain are going to take place in the port of Bilbao, where industry leader Repsol will invest €80 million. One project will be one of the largest net zero emissions synthetic fuel production plants, based on green hydrogen, while the other will be gas production plant from urban waste. The importance of hydrogen is visible in the national strategies of some countries, like Germany.

Port of Valencia, Eco Sapo (Lisbon), Europa Press, H2-view, El Mercantil, NPI Magazine

1 July 2020

Efforts of AIVP members recognized in the WPSP awards

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The winners of the 6 awards of the World Port Sustainability Program (WPSP) were announced on June 24th. This program, of which AIVP is one of the founding partners, recognizes the efforts of ports around the globe to contribute to the sustainable development agenda. In this edition, organized in 6 categories, AIVP members earned well deserved recognitions. The ports of Valencia and Venice are part of the winning entry for resilient infrastructure, the collaborative project “Green and Connected (Green C) Ports”. The ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and North Sea Port earned via the Dutch Seaports organization the award for governance and ethics. Other members also were among the finalists in several categories, such as the ports of Marseille, Rotterdam (in a second category), Helsinki or Montreal.

WPSP – Sustainable World Ports

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Enterprise-driver Port

29 June 2020

The former submarine base in Marseilles (France) is set to accommodate a data center and will become a cornerstone of the Smart Port

20 minutes ; Video

6 May 2020

Public investment and financial aid in port cities

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After the first wave of cultural and social initiatives, port cities around the globe are presenting their plans for the post-covid recovery. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has communicated a package of $27 million of financial support for companies, as well as for professionals training and employment support. In the USA, the ports of LA and Seattle have presented renewed infrastructural investments plan. In the case of LA, the port will invest $367million to reduce the impact on the local economy and employment, while in Seattle the plan includes $1.5billion in 20 projects, including also airport facilities. At the same time, in Spain, the ports of Valencia and Bilbao have followed a similar path. While in Valencia the port presented a financial aid package of €57,2 million to support local port companies, the port of Bilbao announced that their investment plan for 2020 will reach €67 million, to support the economy and employment creation.

➜  Safety4sea – Singapore, Safety4sea – Los Angeles, Port Technology – Seattle, Valencia Port, Bilbao Port

12 February 2020

The sustainable port is both smart and collective

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The CEOs of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam have laid out converging visions for the future development of their respective ports, one having just returned from the World Economic Forum, the other speaking about in an interview about forward-looking prospect for the port. Both agree that the fight against climate change and the need for a carbon-neutral port economy are absolutely crucial. Technological innovation, both onshore and offshore, and moves to optimise logistics chains, will of course form part of the solution. Beyond that, however, the success of these changes will depend on the ability of ports to forge new partnerships and work collectively, by bringing their communities together around a shared process of transformation.
Port of Rotterdam / Flows

12 February 2020

To ease congestion on the roads, the Port of Melbourne (Australia) has confirmed plans to develop its rail infrastructure (with a €16 million investment)

Port of Melbourne

12 February 2020

Kribi (Cameroon): first 31 businesses now setting up in the port zone, with another 150 set to follow.

EcoMatin

12 February 2020

Vlissingen – North Sea Port (Netherlands): first developments for the Borsele 1+2 offshore wind farm that will eventually provide power to a million homes

North Sea Port

29 January 2020

Major trends and scenarios for the evolution of logistics

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In the majority of port cities, logistics activity is increasingly structuring the territory. Marking out the future of this sector is becoming necessary. To this effect, the Urban Planning Agency of Marseille (France) remind us of a few key points. The massification of world trade flows will continue leading to the concentration of shipowners, the adaptation of ports, the extension and robotisation of warehouses, the emergence of single operators. In the era of e-commerce, the optimisation of the last mile has also become crucial. Nevertheless, land transport remains the weak link in this ecosystem with difficulties in massifying flows and proportionally a heavier CO2 impact. Pooling could be part of the answer but not all sectors believe in it. At the heart of these developments, the issue of employment appears to be an additional challenge for the territories.

Agam (pdf)

17 January 2020

Rwanda: Four ports on Lake Kivu earmarked as an alternative to road transport

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Lake Kivu in western Rwanda marks the border with the neighbouring DRC. The four ports will be built with the help of the Netherlands, and spread out from the north to the south of the lake. They will promote improved mobility for passengers and goods between the various districts along the bank. Within twenty years, they should handle the majority of commercial cross-border trade and some 3 million passengers. The Government is also keen to use the ports as a platform for more ambitious plans to kick-start water-based transport on other lakes and rivers in Rwanda. The aim is to reduce the use of onshore transport infrastructures, maintenance of which represents a significant portion of the national budget. Finally, the project will help to boost competitiveness for both the food industry (beer, tea, coffee) and the cement industry, while also giving a lift to the tourist sector.

The New times

17 January 2020

Whether fixed or floating, offshore wind power is now becoming truly industrialised. Cooperation between ports will need to be strengthened as a result.

Wind Europe

17 January 2020

Port of Montreal (Canada): fluid activities vital for combining economic efficiency and respect for the local population

Port de Montréal

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