London: OMA for the Morden Wharf master plan
Located near the O2 Arena on the Greenwich Peninsula, the 7.7 hectares of Morden Wharf should allow nearly 186,000 m2 of redevelopment. The site will be one of the essential strategic elements aimed at making this Peninsula the premier entertainment zone in London.
Strasbourg: a positive energy tower for 66 housing units in the Danube eco-district
Rijeka: call for bids for “Delta and Port Baross area”
The Port and City of Rijeka have just launched an international competition for the redevelopment of the Delta and Port Baross areas. The object is to transform these port sectors into a new urban centre (Closing date: 22 October).
The project is an essential element of the “Rijeka Gateway Project”, about which we talked recently with the mayor of Rijeka, Mr. Vojko Obersnel. (See : AIVP case Study – Rijeka).
The Port of Stockholm launches the Värtahamnen project. An opportunity for the city
The reconstruction of the Värtahamnen passenger port was launched in June. The new site and the passenger terminal, which will be more effective and environmentally friendly, should be opened in 2016. The land released will allow the city to build housing and office space in the city centre. It is an integral part of “Stockholm Royal Seaport”, a general redevelopment project.
Bordeaux: a private maritime and naval museum and 220 housing units near the “Bassins à flot”
Source : Le Moniteur des travaux publics et du bâtiment
Pingtan (China): museum and city will replace military activities and fishing
The Pingtan Art Museum, designed by MAD architects, will be the biggest private museum in Asia. It is at the heart of a more general urban redevelopment project for the island of Fujian, the Chinese island closest to Taiwan. Launched in 2010, development of the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone has accelerated recently. It is intended to strengthen cooperation and exchanges in the economy, and also in tourism and culture.
New York: the port approves the construction of a cruise ship terminal by Royal Caribbean on the old military terminal
Lyons: a floating hotel on the Rhône, with 16 rooms, in 2014
Buenos Aires: phase 2 of “Madero Harbour” launched, including housing and two towers for the WTC
The port of Barcelona (Spain) advocates for sustainable mobility promoting LNG as alternative fuel, new electric vehicle fleet or electrifying quays for onshore power supply.
The Port Center of Algeciras (Spain) will be located in a multifonctional building at the City Port interface
North European ports committed to reduce air pollution and noise of docked vessels.
In the past few days we have seen several initiatives following a similar trend: providing on-shore power to docked vessels to reduce emissions, mostly CO2, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, and noise, affecting the health of local citizens.
In Germany, the federal minister and coastal states have signed a memorandum including different measures to make shore-based power commercially viable. Among the measures are reducing levies and a program of subsidies to improve the port infrastructure. At the same time, the port of Tallinn, in Estonia, has announced that it will install shore power facilities to reduce the emissions and noise of docked vessels. The equipment will be ready by the end of the year, with further expansion in 2020. The port expects to save 120 tonnes of CO2 per ship per month. The Copenhagen Malmo Port has signed an agreement with ferry operator DFDS to establish a shore power facility in Copenhagen, to become operational in 2020.
A recent study from the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) shows that in 2016 air pollution caused over 400 000 premature deaths. The measure of these port cities are positive examples of the actions that can be taken to comply the AIVP Agenda 2030, “Improving living conditions for residents of port cities and protecting their health”.
The Ocean Cleanup organization launched “the Interceptor”, an autonomous boat to tackle plastic pollution in rivers. Two prototypes are already working in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Klang (Malaysia)
The barge uses a floating barrier that guides the litter to a conveyor belt extracting the garbage from the water. The debris is distributed into six internal dumpsters with capacity up to 50 m3. When the barge is full, the local operators recibe a signal to collect it and take the garbage to a waste management facility. The barge includes several solar panels, making the system also energy neutral. This kind of solutions can considerably improve the water quality in many port cities, contributing to goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030.
Full article: The Ocean Cleanup
The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) hosted the Forward Thinking for Maritime Education and Training Excellence Conference to discuss the new skills development and entrepreneurial opportunities offered by the blue economy and the 4th industrial revolution. The underlying discussion was the need to speed up the creations of jobs in the ocean economy, to reach the targets of the Operation Phakisa, launched in 2014, to expand the blue economy
Full article: Global Africa
The Port of Strasbourg offers new guided tours responding to the success of previous visits during the European Heritage Day. The tours will take place on November 6th
Full article: Batorama
Port of Seattle joins partners to develop the “Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator”
Port of Seattle partners up with co-working company WeWork and Washington State cluster Maritime Blue to create Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator, a new start-up incubator. The main goals are to help maritime companies to innovate, be more sustainable and establish Washington State as a global leader in maritime economy. These programs are crucial to foster human capital development for the future port city economy. There are already similar solutions in Rotterdam, Hamburg or Singapore.
Port of Valencia launches the SuperLabPorts, a platform to support innovative port and maritime start-ups in the field of climate change
Full article: Esmartcity
Inter-business cooperation: La Ciotat (France) aims to strengthen its naval cluster to boost competitiveness
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Is the future of ports set to be increasingly circular?
Two recent studies have examined the theory. In Rotterdam, all flows of raw materials and waste were identified for businesses in the port zone. The aim now is to optimise the way residual flows are processed, with potential for environmental, economic and social benefits. A second report focusing on European circular urban ports mapped out eleven port cities, using a standardised methodology. For each of the cities studied, which included both river and sea ports, the report identified best practices and summarised the strategies adopted.
Strasbourg wants to rely on river transport for more sustainable urban logistics.
Since May 2018, a terminal has been set up at the Quai des Pécheurs in the heart of the metropolis for the needs of a construction site. The City wants now to go further today and is calling for projects to make this terminal a platform for low-carbon urban logistics. The terminal shall operate on a daily basis in perfect harmony with other urban and tourist uses of the waterway. This project is part of the Strasbourg climate plan. Full article: VNF / NPI
Plastic waste: Malaysia negotiates the return of almost 300 containers of waste to their countries of origin.
Full article: Marine Link
Marseille: in addition to cold ironing projects, cruise industry operators are committed to cutting ship sailing speeds
Full article: L’Antenne