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25 September 2013

Havana: towards a new port-city

Re-siting of a refinery, a clean-up programme, relocation of oil and container traffic to the north of the island: Havana is turning a new page to focus on tourism, based on cruise ships, yachting and taking advantage of its heritage.

Source: Msn ; Global Ports

24 September 2013

Boston: floating habitat against climate change

Constructing cities on the water is being increasingly studied as a way of dealing with rising sea levels. The latest example is Floatyard, a project for a floating habitat which will be built in a naval dockyard to the south of Boston and transported by sea to the Inner Harbor.

Source: Video

24 September 2013

Belfast: the Titanic effect?

Inaugurated in March 2012, Titanic Belfast welcomed its millionth visitor in August. However it is still a little early to talk of a “Titanic effect” from this museum conceived as an iconic building to galvanise all the conversion work going on in the Titanic Quarter.

Source : Deezen (+ images) ; Titanic Quarter News ; Titanic Quarter Development

20 September 2013

Sydney: master plan for new green areas

5.4 ha of new parks proposed in the western part of Rozelle Bay. The master plan also envisages a network of footpaths, bridges and view-points to link the existing parks and offer the public better access to the port basin.

Source : Architecture and Design

18 September 2013

New York: major projects for Dumbo

The two projects announced by the Mayor of New York constitute an important stage in the redevelopment of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and should ensure its financial stability. The Empire Stores, a group of seven 4 and 5 storey warehouses dating from the 19th century, will provide 7,400 m2 of space for shops and restaurants, and nearly 28,000 m2 for offices. The Tobacco Warehouse is earmarked for conversion into a theatre and events hall.

Source : Mike Bloomberg

18 September 2013

Oslo: contemporary art museum by Renzo Piano

Set in the old port sector of Tjuvholmen, the three buildings making up the “Astrup Fearnley Museet” have been redeveloped on either side of a canal. They also have a direct link to a beach and a small local ferry terminal. The materials used are a direct reference to Scandinavian tradition. The Museum was opened in autumn 2012.

Source : Deezen (+ images, plans)

17 September 2013

Royal Docks, London: any room for the local community?

After years of decline, the Royal Docks could become London’s third business district, according to the city’s mayor. Substantial public funds, earned in large part from the Olympic Games, are to be invested in the district. The question of whether and how the local community in the area will benefit, and particularly the jobs that might be generated, remains open.

Source : Global Urbanist

17 September 2013

Libreville, old port zone of Port-Môle: work starts on the development of a commercial and cultural zone

Source : Afrik.com

Citizen Port

15 January 2020

Exhibition “Container – the box that changed the world” in Fremantle (Australia), explains how the shipping container impacted the way we live

Victoria Quay

15 January 2020

New book tells the stories of dockworkers in the port of Dublin (Ireland). ‘Dublin Port Diaries’, as it is titled, shows the social impact of the port, gathering memories otherwise lost

Dublin Port

15 January 2020

Hydrogen powered will navigate the port of Hamburg (Germany) starting 2021/2022

NDR, Sat1Regional

15 January 2020

What can be done to reduce marine litter in touristic coastal areas? European project CAPonLITTER will provide guidelines based on best practices and innovative policies

Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, Interreg Europe

15 January 2020

University and port work together in Sevilla (Spain)

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The new Centre for University Innovation of the Port of Sevilla will be placed in the port territory, counting with 16 million € of EU financing. A committee selected in the beginning of 2020 the first 20 innovation projects, each of them including an industrial PhD. These researches will focus on topics such as renewable energies production and storage, new materials, Internet of things, logistics, blockchain in the food industry or marine detection of hazardous substances. The research projects must be operational before the end of 2021. This initiative shows the path towards fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, a relationship that has not always been easy, but it is crucial to answer to upcoming challenges.

ABC, Diario de Sevilla

15 January 2020

Young maritime professionals will get more opportunities in Panama

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A new program named “My first maritime work experience” has been. This program will give to young professionals the opportunity to learn about the different careers in the Panamanian maritime authority. It results of a collaboration between the maritime affairs and labour ministries, inspired by the national initiative “learning by doing”. The directorate of Gente de Mar (People from the Sea), will be in charge of forming the new generations of maritime professionals. The Maritime University of Panamá and the Panamanian Association of Navy Officers selected the first group of 20 trainees from different areas such as nautical sciences, shipbuilding or maritime administration. In the six-month period the young professionals will go through training to later join the different functions under the supervision of staff from the maritime authority.

Autoridad Marítima de Panamá

15 January 2020

Showcasing the Port: the observation tower at the Port of Tacoma (USA) has afforded views of the port since 1988, 365 days a year!

SouthSound Talk

8 January 2020

International project to facilitate sustainable tourism in Mediterranean coastal areas

Spanish Ports

8 January 2020

Three European ports speed up towards carbon neutrality

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Several European ports have presented their plans to reduce their carbon footprint in the coming years. The port of Helsinki (Finland), drafted the Carbon-Neutral Port 2035 including 50 measures, mostly destined to reduce the port’s emissions and those from vessels. These measures combine reducing the energy usage, acquiring energy from carbon-neutral sources and carbon offsets to compensate the remaining emissions. One example of the actions to be taken is the new price list for port operations, including significant “environmental” discounts. The port of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) is even more ambitious, aiming at carbon neutrality in 2030. Its priority is to boost clean energy production at port, such as the new project to generate hydrogen using electrolysis. Amsterdam port is also developing maritime wind energy fields. In Hamburg (Germany), the main terminal operator HHLA, wants to become carbon neutral by 2040, by using green electricity for all its operations. The company already reduced the CO2 emissions of container operations by 30% in 2019, aiming at 50% until 2030. The main challenge will be in the future to make the complete logistic chain carbon neutral.

Port of Helsinki, Portal Portuario, GreenPort

18 December 2019

Whale protection program of the Port of Vancouver (Canada) celebrates 5 years

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The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program was created in 2014. It has ever since gathered a broad and diverse group of advisors, under the leadership of the port authority to protect the endangered southern resident killer whales. In order to do so, the ECHO program has measured the noise levels of more than 10 000 ships in the Salish Sea. Over 5000 vessels have voluntarily slowed down or detoured to protect the feeding area of this cetacean from underwater noise. The program also offered resources to help mariners to raise awareness of the effects ships can have on these animals. The program has produced in this period several documents including a “Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises of Wester Canada”, the “Whales in our Waters tutorial” or the app WhaleReport Alert System, besides yearly reports and scientific papers.

Port of Vancouver 1, Port of Vancouver 2, Google Play, Inhabitat

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Enterprise-driver Port

8 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

8 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

8 January 2020

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

Port de Montréal

10 December 2019

The transport and logistics industry faced with the environmental and energy challenge

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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.

Diario del Puerto 1 / Diario del Puerto 2 / Diario del Puerto 3 / Diario del Puerto 4

10 December 2019

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).

Diario del Puerto

10 December 2019

Port terminals working towards carbon neutrality: HHLA in Hamburg (Germany) is progressing faster than expected and APM Terminal is taking the train Gothenburg (Sweden).

Splash 247 / Port Technology

3 December 2019

Environment and climate: how far has the maritime and port sector progressed?

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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.

Flows / Global Maritime Forum / Report (pdf) / Ports of Stockholm / Port of Gothenburg

3 December 2019

Port territory: planning a shared City Port future

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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).

British Ports Association / Report (pdf)

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