Long Beach: the port has reduced its emissions of diesel particles by 81% since 2005
Marseilles: a new future for J1
The Port of Marseilles has decided to launch a call for projects for J1, the last shipping warehouse in the La Joliette sector. It currently houses exhibitions in the framework of Marseille, European Capital of Culture. Future uses for the 25,000 m2 space on three levels are undecided, but three possibilities are open: third party, research and events, all of which must illustrate the “Port-City” concept. For the moment, the only uses decided on are the head office of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille (GPMM) and the superyacht industry.
Source : GPMM, Journal de la marine marchande
Chicago: find the river again on “Riverwalk”
While the river has been cleaned of pollution over the last decade, redevelopment of the banks has remained stuck at the project stage. With “Riverwalk”, Sasaki Associates proposes to cut the course of the river into six sequences to allow a diversity of uses, while creating a continuous promenade 7.6 m wide.
Tenerife: modifications to the port Special Plan
The Board of Directors of the Port of Santa Cruz, Tenerife, has approved two modifications to the Special Plan. A cruise ship terminal will be built on Muelle de Ribera, while the existing cargo and Ro/Ro activities will be relocated to Los Llanos. And the project for a hotel on Muelle de Enlace has been abandoned; recreational, commercial and water sports activities may take its place.
London, Isle of Dogs: consultation for a tower block project designed by Foster + Partners in South Quay Plaza
Copenhagen: Nordhavnen, 200 ha to be reclaimed
Copenhagen is continuing the reclamation of port areas which started in the 90s. In the long term, the Nordhavnen project, launched in 2012, will offer space for 40,000 inhabitants and the same number of workers on eleven islets, each with its own identity. The project is characterised by diversity, compactness and maximum use of water. It is also part of the city’s plan for becoming carbon neutral by 2025.
Source : NordHavnen ; Le Moniteur des travaux publics et du bâtiment
Montevideo: port to get a “vertical extension”
The “Torre Lobraus” project combines a warehouse, with storage capacity of 1.8 million m3, with a 21-storey office block which will also contain restaurants, a conference centre and projection rooms for clients.
San Francisco: basketball and cultural events hall on the waterfront designed by Snøhetta
Auckland: silo 7 to become a cinema during the summer
Paris, Docks de Saint-Ouen : a special site for the project
100 ha of industrial site will become an eco-district beside the river Seine: detailed information, a virtual visit and the latest developments are available for a project combining functional and social mixing and diversity, density and space, and an exemplary environmental slant.
Agreement for a City Port project between the Junta de Andalucía, the City and Port of Algeciras
The “Lago Marítimo” project will allow better City-Port integration and aims to provide new recreational spaces for residents, along with educational and research facilities. A multi-purpose building is also planned, to address the future needs of the port authority and the city. It will include an exhibition space and could host a Port Center and the future Port Innovation Center.
New grant for Indian women seafarers. The national government has created the Maritime Training Trust that will provide scholarships to encourage women to pursue careers in the shipping industry.
Water taxis in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) will be hydrogen powered. The first emission free boat will navigate the Maas river in 2021.
New agreement between German University and port of Trieste (Italy) to create a port and logistic center of expertise focused on energy.
Port, city and university of Durrës (Albania) sign an agreement to foster local entrepreneurship. The POWER (Ports as Driving Wheels of Entrepreneurial Realm) MoU will focus on key areas such as energy efficiency, business enhancement, fuel replacement and renewable energy
Port of Barcelona speeds up the electrification of the quays to save CO2 emissions from ships. In 7 years, docked ships should be able to green energy.
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Hydrogen in port cities: new project could save up to 1 million tons of CO2 per year
The quest for new energy sources to replace fossil fuels is accelerating. Although many ports have already created the first systems for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) for ships, many argue that hydrogen could be the ultimate solutions for the energy transition. The most recent project joining this chase has been announced in the port of Oostende (Belgium). A consortium formed by the port authority, DEME Concessions and PMV plans to build a new plant to produce green hydrogen using renewable energy. The plant would save between 500k and 1 million tons of CO2 per year. The project also includes an offshore wind farm including 399 turbines with a total capacity of 2,26 GW. Other port cities in Europe are also developing different initiatives in the same direction. The port of Antwerp, also in Belgium, already ordered tug boats and passengers ferry using hydrogen technology. Hamburg (Germany), announced last year its plans to build the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in port, with a capacity of 100 megawatts. The port of Valencia (Spain), is also active in this field, with the project H2PORT, including port equipment powered by hydrogen. However, we cannot forget there is no silver bullet for the energy transition. This ambitious goal will require diversifying our energy sources and optimizing our consumption.
Five community groups will benefit from environmental grants from the port of Seattle
Local schools supported by the port of Kribi (Cameroon)
Innovative mobility in Málaga (Spain). Driverless buses will connect the cruise terminal with the city center circulating inside the port. The municipality will invest 180 000 € on a new traffic light system for the future autonomous vehicles.
The sustainable port is both smart and collective
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
To ease congestion on the roads, the Port of Melbourne (Australia) has confirmed plans to develop its rail infrastructure (with a €16 million investment)
Kribi (Cameroon): first 31 businesses now setting up in the port zone, with another 150 set to follow.
Vlissingen – North Sea Port (Netherlands): first developments for the Borsele 1+2 offshore wind farm that will eventually provide power to a million homes
Major trends and scenarios for the evolution of logistics
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.
Rwanda: Four ports on Lake Kivu earmarked as an alternative to road transport
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.
Whether fixed or floating, offshore wind power is now becoming truly industrialised. Cooperation between ports will need to be strengthened as a result.
Port of Montreal (Canada): fluid activities vital for combining economic efficiency and respect for the local population
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.