Fort-de-France: inauguration of a “Cruise Village” to improve passenger reception
Source : Cruise Industry News
Santander: an agreement which redefines the waterfront
Of the 60 ha affected by the agreement, 27 will now become city territory. The redevelopment will feature a promenade and public spaces, but overall this represents a new stage in port-city relations, with 83 million Euros planned for 2013-2017.
Vlora (Albania): international competition for a promenade along the waterfront
Two sectors with different urban conditions are involved in these 5 km of waterfront. They are separated by the port, which lies at the centre and must be taken into account. Deadline for submission: 28 January 2013
Source : http://www.vlorawaterfront.al
Sydney: a floating pavilion for events while the new Convention Centre is under construction
Source : Architecture and Design
Porsgrunn (South west of Oslo): the Maritime Museum designed by COBE and Transform has been completed
Source : Dezeen (+ images, plans)
New publication: “Ciudad Puerto, Universidad y Desarrollo Regional, Rosario, 1919-1968.” Return to the port-city dynamic
Source : Rosario su historia y region
Riga: a creation district is born
Contemporary art, a museum, contemporary music, cultural festivals, cafés, restaurants and the opening of a 1.2 km promenade along the waterfront… this is the new life which was heralded for the “Spikeri district of creative industries” last August. Five of the twelve warehouses classified as world heritage have already been converted.
New dialogue to set the foundations for the port city interaction plan in Ceuta (Spain)
San Antonio citizens in Chile will continue enjoying free cultural and artistic activities thanks to the renewed support of the port
New public consultation process regarding future development of cruise activities in the port of Dublin (Ireland)
Port of Barcelona (Spain) earns an award from the European Commission recognizing a better environmental behaviour and mostly their Air Quality Improvement Plan.
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Concrete ideas to become sustainable, the example of Porto Antico
Porto Antico has developed several initiatives to make this part of Genoa (Italy) environmentally sustainable. The 1st action was to replace traditional lighting by LED, resulting in 60% energy savings. A new photovoltaic system also provides 10% of the area energy demand and electrifies the docks for mega-yachts, saving CO2 emissions. Other “smart city” solutions are carried out such as detail monitoring of energy and water consumption, or smart silicon glasses. Porto Antico also installed a Seabin device, gathering more than 500 kg per year of plastic waste from the water. Read the article to learn more (in Italian).
Port-City Instawalk: a new way for students to explore the port city
Students in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) take pictures of the city and publish them on Instagram. They show a new perspective of port-city culture and identity. The assignment was part of the curriculum of the Minor in Port Management & Logistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. This innovative approach to study port city, according to Maurice Jansen, responsible for the curriculum, has 3 main advantages:
- It is a good introduction for the students into the port and maritime industry,
- it is a new way to capture the tensions and creativity that emerges in the port-city interface,
- It triggers the curiosity of the students.
To see the results of the instawalks look for the following accounts in Instagram:
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.
The transport and logistics industry faced with the environmental and energy challenge
The sector currently accounts for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency is one of the biggest ways to cut emissions. While there is a consensus on the need to gradually phase out fossil fuels, LNG is seen as a stepping stone, while in the longer term, making the right choice between hydrogen, ammonia and biofuels remains a key challenge. Another way to reduce emissions is intermodality, with the aim of reducing the proportion of goods moved by road, and increasing short distance transport by rail, river and sea. Finally, innovating for more efficient logistics is the third solution. The aim is to reduce overall energy use, while ensuring that emissions avoided at sea are not simply moved onshore, particularly as a result of increased congestion in port cities.
The growth of cruise tourism and the decision on whether to host liners is a choice for society, according to the President of the Port of Valencia (Spain).
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.