Brussels: an Urban Planning and Landscaping Quality Plan for the canal
The Brussels-Capital Region has produced a Master Plan for the canal territory. Since 2016, some 130 projects and studies have been examined, and it was concluded that a specific strategy was needed for the different types of public spaces in this area territory. Design firms Org Squared and Bureau Bas Smets have been chosen to come up with an Urban Planning and Landscaping Quality Plan to ensure consistency between the various projects.
Full article : Perspective.brussels
Paper Island, Copenhagen: pyramid-shaped cultural and leisure complex designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates is selected
Full article : World Architecture (+ images)
Brest Métropole launches an invitation to tender for urban elevators at the commercial port
Full article : Le Télégramme
Limassol could introduce a water taxi service to ease congestion in the city
Full article : Cyprus Mail
Reimagine the Canals: seven finalists named
The Governor of New York State has unveiled the seven finalists in the competition to redevelop the State’s canal network. The aim is to develop the canals’ tourism and leisure potential and economic sustainability, while preserving and showcasing their heritage value, and securing their long-term financial viability.
Circl pavilion: a building designer on the principles of the circular economy and versatility to adapt to different uses
Full article : Inhabitat (+ images)
Greenwich Peninsula, London: designed to be iconic, the district Energy Center will now also house a Visitor Center
Full article : CF Moller Architects (+ images, plans)
Santos: the Port announces changes to the Porto Valongo Santos project
The initial project to convert this historic port district of almost 14 hectares was produced in 2012 by Ove Arup and Partners. The new plan was unveiled by the CEO of the port operator Codesp following an agreement with the Government, and includes proposals to develop the rail network, restore warehouses 1 to 4 and demolish warehouses 5 to 8. A raft of measures will be taken to preserve and showcase the port’s heritage.
The European HERIT-DATA project aims to develop sustainable management of cruise tourism
Taking advantage of technology and the latest innovations in management tools (open data, connected objects, etc.), the project aims to reduce the impact of tourism on the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean regions. The consortium brings together organisations, businesses and technology centres, along with local and regional public authorities from Italy, Spain, Croatia, France and Portugal, including four regions which are members of the Intermediterranean Commission, namely Tuscany, Valencia, Occitania and Western Greece.
Full article: Fundacion Valenciaport
Cruise operators are increasingly looking to promote and create private tourist destinations
Full article: Maritime Executive
California: tighter legislation on emissions boost research and development in green technologies
Full article: Port Strategy
University of Concepción (Chile) initiates a project on sustainability in port cities
The initiative is led by the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Geography, and is financed by an innovation fund to boost regional competitiveness. Mabel Alarcón, project director, explained that the object is to solve the problems which arise between ports and their associated port cities, in particular logistical problems.Full article: Portal Portuario
Costa and the Port of Marseilles sign for an economic and environmental sustainable cruise industry
Full article: La Provence
More than 30,000 visitors at Singapore Maritime Week 2018 (SMW)
In an increasingly variable and fragile situation, this year’s theme turns resolutely towards the levers of the future, such as connectivity, innovation and talent. Organised by the Singapore Maritime Authority, SMW 2018 serves as a platform for discussion and motivation to encourage debate among the actors in the regional and international maritime scene. There will be 19 discussion sessions and presentations, 11 networking receptions and four large-scale events for the general public.
The Port of Rotterdam has tidal basins built along the Calandkanaal to encourage biodiversity. The idea came out of a start-up from the Port XL programme
Full article: Port of Rotterdam
Belgium: call for tenders launched to examine the economic impacts of maritime space planning, allowing its role in the blue economy to be assessed
Full article: Ted Europa
Innovative strategic partnership between the Port of Quebec and Cégep Limoilou
The Port of Quebec and Cégep Limoilou have formed a strategic partnership. The objects of the agreement are to open up port installations to Cégep’s teaching activities, to allow the Port to benefit from the expertise of the college’s teachers and students, and to encourage interchange of ideas between the two parties.
Between plastics and ship waste, the challenges around waste in ports are reaching critical point
Since the start of the year, China’s restrictive policy on plastic waste imports has been causing a build-up at European ports, where storage areas are becoming gradually saturated. Some countries are looking at landfill as a temporary solution. Elsewhere, such as at the Port of Amsterdam, new possibilities are being found, including turning waste into fuel. At the same time, Europe’s ports are calling for new legislation on the collection of ship waste to include higher taxation.
Le Port de Bordeaux accueille ses premiers clients sur son site expérimental SEENEOH dédié à la filière hydrolienne.
Full article: Bordeaux Port Atlantique
With its new port at Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan aims to become a regional hub between Europe and Asia.
Full article: Radio Free Europe Radio Liberté
Energy transition: the port of Antwerp and Fluxys target a strategy to capture, transport, store, and re-use CO2.
Full article: Port of Antwerp
From the port of Montreal to the port of Quebec, the provincial government wants to promote – but not control – maritime development.
Full article: Le Soleil
Quebec keen to encourage industrial synergies between the port zones of Contrecoeur Varennes and Sorel Tracy
Full article: Gouvernement du Québec
Reducing logistics costs is crucial to efforts to attract industrial operators abandoning Asia and make Mombasa a new global trade hub
Full article: Business Daily
Seychelles: the AFD and Europe back plans to extend Port Victoria, a vital project for lowering the cost of living in the islands
Full article: Le Marin
Vietnam: a lack of investment is preventing the country from taking proper advantage of its maritime and river port system
Full article: Viêt Nam News
DP World and Virgin put their faith in the Hyperloop and join forces to create a shared vision of the future.
The joint venture has seen the creation of a new company, DP World Cargospeed. The aim is to build the logistics service best suited to the rapid growth of e-commerce, as part of a new long-term vision of logistics and the ambition of both parties to establish this technology as the global standard.