The citizens of Barranquilla (Colombia) have regained access to the river with the 4.5 km Gran Malecon promenade, which has attracted 4 million visitors since 2017
Full article : ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
The Port of Saint-Maarten announces heritage-based projects to enhance its appeal and attract more cruise tourists
Full article : Caribbean Journal
Tangier: invitation to tender launched for the 2020-2024 strategic plan
Plans to redevelop the Tangier port zone have been costed at 7 billion dirhams, including 2.5 billion for the port aspect. Several of the major developments have already been completed, including the fishing port, marina, port mosque, the extension to the cruise docks and the modernisation of the passenger terminal. The ITT, launched by SAPT, is aimed at establishing a roadmap and an economic model.
Melbourne waterfront: five stars for environmental efficiency for converted former listed warehouses
Full article : Docklands news
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and the City reach an agreement to develop a leisure park on the south side of the Inner Harbor
Full article : CBS Baltimore
Tokyo turns its back on the 100 km of rivers and canals on which the city is built
Full article : The Guardian
Nassau: agreement on a new tourist district
In August, the government of the Bahamas and Global Ports Holding signed an agreement to develop a new cruise terminal and integrate it into the centre of the city. A park, amphitheatre, museum, shops and restaurants are also planned.
Bangkok: a former factory turned into an economic and cultural hub with public spaces restoring access to the river
Full article : Design boom (+ images, video)
Hamilton: the Port consults the public on plans to turn Fisherman’s Pier into a public space with views of the maritime activities
Full article : CBC
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