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8 October 2013

Stockholm: 11 proposals for the future Nobel Centre on the waterfront of the Blasieholmen Peninsula

Source : Bustler ; Proposals (+ images)

8 October 2013

Start of the Porta Ovest project, which will make the transport of goods between the Port of Savona and its hinterland more fluid

Source: Irno.itTelecolore.it

4 October 2013

Hull: turning a pedestrian bridge into a new emblem for the waterfront

hull_dd_04oct2013A pedestrian bridge can become an effective tool for reviving a waterfront, beyond its simple communication function. Apart from its aesthetic design, the pedestrian swing bridge opened last June in Hull also includes a restaurant and a view-point. (© Timothy Soar)

Source : Gizmag (slideshow) ; Mc Dowell+Benedetti (+ images, vidéo)

4 October 2013

Valparaiso: work starts on the commercial centre on the old “Muelle Baron” wharf. Opening late 2015-early 2016

Source : Plataforma Urbana

4 October 2013

Building along river banks as a protection against storms. Pretext or sustainable solution? Seaport City Project, New York

Source : New York Daily News

2 October 2013

Rio, Porto Maravilha: towards a sustainable waterfront

US$ 5.1 billion, 5 million m2 of old port areas which have been abandoned for years, and 15 years of works through the biggest Public-Private Partnership in Brazil. The city of Rio de Janeiro has plunged into one of its most ambitious projects with a public commitment to sustainable development.

Source : Porto Marvilha (+ video, images) ; City Climate Leadership Award (+ vidéo)

2 October 2013

Hong Kong: competition for an Arts Pavilion

Launched in the framework of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project, the Arts Pavilion will be connected with the M+ Museum, the visual arts museum designed by Herzog & De Meuron which is due to open in late 2017. Closing date: 28 november.

Source : West Kowloon Cultural District

1 October 2013

Rotterdam: call for projects for Rijnhaven

The role given to water and innovative ideas, including floating buildings, has been given pride of place in the call for projects launched by the Rotterdam City Council for the 21 ha Rijnhaven site. The projects must also provide the social benefits expected.

Source : Stadshavens Rotterdam ; Rijnhaven 

1 October 2013

Los Angeles Waterfront: past, present and future presented by Geraldine Knatz, Port Executive Director (video)

Source : Port of Los Angeles

30 September 2013

The port of Venice would not object to the re-location of cruise ship traffic to Trieste

Source: Il Piccolo

Citizen Port

29 July 2020

Technological challenge proposed by the Port of Algeciras (Spain) wins the “Fiware Zone” contest, hosted by the region and telecommunication company. The challenge will focus on innovative technology for environmental impact data.

El Estrecho Digital

29 July 2020

City and Port work together in Livorno (Italy) to clean the “New Venice” district canals

Livorno Port Center

29 July 2020

New initiative for community dialogue in Bahía Blanca

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The Port of Bahía Blanca (Argentina) has started the new online participative forums “Puerto Abierto” to establish new dialogues with the local community. The first meeting included representatives from the agricultural and food sector. The goal of the forums is to debate and align the expectations and needs from the local community with the actions of the port authority. The dialogue will be structured in three phases: diagnosis, discussion of ideas and starting the agreed projects. The participants of the future debate sessions will include representatives from the academy and scientific sector, business organizations, workers, environmental, and cultural initiatives. The final result will be a new strategic plan built from the social agreements.

Port of Bahía Blanca

29 July 2020

Protecting biodiversity: Education and positive environmental effects

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Port cities host a rich biodiversity. Protecting it can bring associated positive effects, besides the obvious ones. In Tarragona (Spain), the green areas policy of the port authority is showing excellent results. These areas must reduce the water footprint, promote the biodiversity and mitigate the CO2 emissions. The port has focused on the reforestation of degraded spaces and replacing water intensive plants for others more adapted to the Mediterranean climate. Every year, these areas neutralize 1500 tons of CO2 and provide shelter for endangered species such as bees. In Ceuta (Spain), the Port Authority supports the local Sea Museum (Museo del Mar), that is responsible for studying, protecting and disclosing the local biodiversity. This institution publishes several books and magazines promoting the results of their research, for example on the impact of ships on whales and dolphins. The museum also organizes educational activities and leads projects to include coastal areas in the European networks of protected natural reserves. Additionally, it is responsible for a unique facility, the “pudridero” a facility to preserve the carcasses and collect the bones to study and learn about marine animals.

El Vigía, Museo del Mar Ceuta

29 July 2020

Port Cities supporting the food production sector

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The crucial role of port cities in food logistics is well known, but they can also be relevant in the production, particularly of seafood as one project from Valencia (Spain) shows us this week. The salinity, nutrients and location of nurseries in port waters are excellent for the production of clòtxina valenciana (Mediterranean Mussel). In the case of Valencia, the yearly production reaches 1200 tons. The quality of the water is guaranteed by the port authority and the mussels are controlled by the regional authorities to guarantee that they are safe for consumption.

Europa Press

27 July 2020

South American Port Cities continue fighting the Covid-19

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With the threat of the second wave of contagions grows in many countries, in South America, port city actors continue their solidarity actions to reduce the effects of the Covid19. The port of Valparaiso (Chile) continues to support the local community, with donations of equipment to the local hospital and food to disadvantaged collectives. In the meantime, in San Antonio (Chile), the port community lead by the port authority has sponsored a new laboratory to obtain faster test results. In Buenos Aires (Argentina), the port authority has extended the subsidies to concessionaries to reduce the economic impact of the crisis.

Nex News – El Mercurio de Valpraíso, Nex News – El Líder de San Antonio, Portal Portuario

22 July 2020

Port and City work together in Ceuta to improve the air quality.

Ceuta Actualidad

22 July 2020

The Talcahuano (Chile) Logistic Community (Comlog) will deploy an agenda oriented towards community relations and sustainability.

Portal Portuario

22 July 2020

Referendum in Key West (USA) to decide the future of cruises

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The citizen non-profit organization “Key West Committee for Safer Cleaner Ships” has successfully gathered enough signature to call for a referendum in November’s ballot. The referendum will include three questions:

1 – limit the number of pax disembarking to 1,500/day;

2 – ban ships with more than 1,300 pax;

3 – prioritize cruise lines with the best environmental and health records.

This initiative arrives in a critical moment, when the industry is debating when the activity should restart. At the same time that some companies announce national or regional cruises, for example in Italy or Germany, the control institutions of some countries such as the USA, extend the “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships. AIVP hosted a webinar dedicated to cruises last June, and will retake the debate after the summer period, framed under goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, considering the health and life quality of port city citizens.

Safer Cleaner Ships, Maritime-Executive, Cruise Critic, USA Today, CDC USA, AIVP Webinar, Agenda AIVP 2030

22 July 2020

More Port Cities are focusing on Biodiversity protection

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Two excellent projects focused on preserving or restoring the natural biodiversity: In Rouen (France), the Port Authority HAROPA, has developed between 2017 and 2019 a project to restore the wetlands connected to the Seine river in Sahurs. The new structure and water canal allow the tide to reenter the area and recover the natural environment of the estuary. In 2020 the port authority planted flora improving the integration of the site in the landscape and installed educational panels. In Bahía Blanca (Argentina), the Marine Wildlife Rescue Station has helped more 115 animals from 15 different species, over the past two years, since it was created. This facility is the result of the cooperation of the port authority of Bahía Blanca with several environmental organizations.

HAROPA – Port of Rouen, Port of Bahía Blanca

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Enterprise-driver Port

27 July 2020

The Port of Huelva (Spain) and the Government of Andalucía have joined forces to develop a port and logistics innovation hub

Huelva Informacion

15 July 2020

New project led by Port of Rotterdam to foster hydrogen powered trucks by 2025 in central Europe. The project has the potential of reducing 100k tons of CO2 per year. This initiative is aligned with the 7 “building blocks” for the port of the future recently published by the port of Rotterdam.

Port of Rotterdam 1, Port of Rotterdam 2

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

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