A master plan for Bergen (Norway)
Designed by Danish firm Tredje Natur, the master plan concerns a 40 hectare site that was previously occupied by a logistics port and ferry terminal. The main priority is to create a “zero emissions” district using renewable construction materials, climate adaptation strategies, and with a focus on a community-based sharing economy.
In Helsinki, a street art competition in Jätkäsaari, a port sector that is being redeveloped for urban uses
The listed former sugar warehouse in Greenock (Scotland) could be turned into a museum about slavery and human rights
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A greener interface for Malaga
The port of Malaga has begun landscaping work on its various access roads as part of its “Green Port” initiative, aimed at creating more pleasant transition areas between the port and city. Over 9,000 species of trees, palm trees, shrubs and other vegetation will be planted, creating “eco-corridors”. In addition to this project, the port has also embarked on a number of other environmentally-friendly actions, including the construction of CHP installations using renewable energy sources. The port’s Environmental Management System certificate was also renewed last June.
The Port of Los Angeles agrees a 52 million dollar deal for a new promenade and public spaces on the Wilmington waterfront
Cotonou and the challenge of climate change
The Beninese capital, Cotonou, lies below sea level. As a result, it experiences regular flooding and is on the front line of the risks posed by climate change. The city is also Benin’s main economic hub, and is aiming to meet these climate challenges head on. The “green lung” project includes plans to create more than 83 hectares of new green spaces, helping to filter polluting gases and increase the capacity of the land to absorb water during floods. In addition, the “green lung” would also provide local residents with a new area for leisure and eco-tourism.
The City and Port of Huelva and the architectural college are set to launch an ideas competition for the Muelle Rio Tinto pier, a heritage site
Marseille: a project for J1
The Port of Marseille and the firm J1 La Passerelle have signed a Temporary Occupancy Agreement for the old port hall building. The deal will see refinements made to the initial project designed by architect Bernard Reichen, with plans for a four-star hotel, offices, a restaurant, and a maritime careers training centre by 2023.
Sun glasses made from ocean plastic. The Ocean Cleanup initiative implements a circular economic model, producing products from the plastic they have gathered in the seas
Citizens invited to give their feedback in the new Port Masterplan of San Diego (USA).
Protecting sea turtles in Ghana. Meridian Ports launches its new conservation initiative.
Agreements and projects to link companies and educational offer
Linking educational curricula and labour market needs is not easy. For this reason, we see how port and urban actors are creating different program to close the gap and adjust the educational paths to real labour opportunities. For example, the vocational training initiative “FP Dual – Inmersión Portuaria” started this school year in the port of Valencia (Spain) (Youtube), providing high-school students better opportunities for a career in port companies. In San Antonio (Chile), the port just signed an agreement with the Maritime Commercial high-school Pacífico Sur in order to allow the students to learn closer to the industry and makes internships. On a different level, the port of Tarragona (Spain), is cooperating the university Rovira I Virgili in the Master course dedicated to Logisitic Operation Management, as part of the long-lasting relationship between the educational institution and the port. Another cooperation example can be found in Marseille (France), where Euroméditerranée just signed a collaboration protocol with the region and the employment agency. The goal of the charter is to coordinate their interventions and competences, to support local employment creation in the construction sector, anticipating the needs of the future worksites of the second phase of urban redevelopment project.
New tools to disclose the Port City Culture
This month, the main topic for AIVP is Port City Culture and in the last few days, our members have shown several new projects to disseminate it. In San Antonio (Chile), a new museum dedicated to sea books hosting valuable ancient volumes just opened in the port institutional building. The project will also include a library and a bookshop. In Algeciras (Spain) (PDF), the new multifunctional building that will host a Port Center, museum and innovation center is moving forward, with the call for tender for the assistance to draw up the project in the Lago Marítimo Plan. Another Port Center (YouTube) will open shortly in Côte D’Azur (France), linked to the GrITAccess EU project. It also includes the creation of a Great Tyrrhenian Itinerary to make its maritime heritage accessible. Additionally, you can learn about the new Port Pavilion of the port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in our recent interview. In the meantime, online tools are becoming increasingly accessible, as the port of Tarragona (Spain) shows in the virtual educational programme recently launched with the Port Museum.
Port and City to work together for the development of the outer harbour in San Antonio
Cleaning up the fjord in Oslo. Port works with companies and NGOs to help WWF in their fight against plastic in the oceans
How to invest in Human Capital?
Providing personal developing opportunities is crucial for human capital development. There are numerous examples of port cities, where ports and universities work together to facilitate trainings and educational courses to the employees. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the port just signed a new agreement with the Economic Sciences Faculty of the local University, to allow as well new research cooperation. In Rotterdam we can find other examples of this kind, such as the cooperation between the port and the Erasmus University. In a similar way, the Mauritius Ports Authority has signed a new protocol with the University of Mauritius to created new training programmes that will allow port employees to expand their careers. Other agreements may also support port workers differently, as in the protocol signed between the port of Valparaiso and SENDA in Chile, to prevent drugs and alcohol abuse.
Education is also fundamental to reduce inequalities and increase the diversity of port workers. For that purpose, the Port Authority of New South Wales has launched a new training program designed for Indigenous women, partnering with the not-for-profit organization Tribal Warrior. The port also sponsors the Deck Cadet Program to help young seafarers to kickstart their career. Indeed, engaging younger generations in port city activities is a necessary for developing the local human capital. For that reason, this kind of programs or other initiatives are becoming more common. Another example is the internship program by the Bilbao Puerto y Ría Foundation designed for young graduates. All these efforts only make sense if there are ways to couple job offers and demands, in order to facilitate this, Talent in de Haven 2.0 will take place in Antwerp to facilitate the match between companies and job seekers.
Different ways to discover the port
During the coming weeks, AIVP will focus on port city culture. There are many different ways to enhance the port identity as we have seen recently. In Antwerp, the Havenland Run & Walk 2020 edition will allow participants to run or hike along the Rietveld Kallo nature reserve, viewing the port. The event will take place on November 7th and 8th, adapted with “corona-proof” safety measures. Another example to discover the waterfront can be found in San Diego, USA, where the port is highlighting the arts and culture program, with a series of self-guided tours to experience the art locations. In Fremantle, Australia, the port is organizing free port walks, with the help of volunteers enrolled in a new program, to better educate the public about port operations and the history of Victoria Quay. Another way to culturally link port and city is supporting local initiatives, as the port of Huelva in Spain is doing, collaborating with Ibero-American Film Festival.
The new NextGen District in Antwerp (Belgium) will become a hub for innovative companies, from start-ups to industry leaders, in the field of circular economics
In Eastern Cape (South Africa), a 10 million euro aquaculture project is set to create 900 jobs
Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden) join a carbon capture consortium
Icelandic energy firm Landsvirkjun to supply green hydrogen produced by hydroelectric dams at the Port of Rotterdam
In Spain, a torrent of investment in new technologies and Port-City-Territory connectivity
Spain central government has given the green light to a series of innovation plans in the country’s port cities. In Malaga, some 52 million euros has been earmarked for a plan to support the local economy and transfer disused land to the municipality. A similar project to bring the City and Port closer together has been budgeted for in Huelva. The issue of freight intermodality is crucial, and explains why Tarragona is set to invest 330 million euros to tackle the challenge in the coming years. In the same vein, Ferrol is to release 102 million euros in funding to develop its rail links. There is also a focus on the energy sources of tomorrow, for example in southern Catalonia where there are plans for a new platform dedicated to green hydrogen. An approach that combines both economic growth and environmental sustainability is vital for the future of Spain’s port cities. Bilbao is spearheading the trend, with the renewal of its EMAS and EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certifications. Incidentally, it was the first port in the world to obtain the EPD in 2019, with the help of the leading R&D company Tecnalia. ValenciaPort is also committed to this approach, and has unveiled plans for a new, greener terminal model, 98% of whose energy supply will come from renewable sources.
The Ruakura logistics hub (New Zealand) will include a 10 hectare area of wetland to offset environmental impacts
Swedish company Wallenius Marine is set to launch the biggest wind-powered RoRo vessel ever built
ValenciaPort will accompany Callao (Peru), Valparaiso (Chile) and Kingston (Jamaica) in the field of smart technologies
The Indian Ocean: central to the energy transition with LNG?
With the mega-ship CMA-CGM Jacques Saadé now in service, the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for seagoing vessels is now a reality. This 23,000 TEU ship’s propulsion systems are powered by LNG, an energy source that allows a 20 to 40% reduction in CO2 emissions, and also emits low levels of sulphur oxides and fine particulate matter. The Mozambique Canal boasts vast LNG resources that could drive this energy transition, and the port cities of the Indian Ocean are preparing for the revolution. One example is Longoni (Mayotte, France), which is redeveloping as a support base for the industry. On the other side of the Canal, the terminals at Durban (South Africa) are being upgraded to handle LNG. Demand is high, with India expressing an interest in this cleaner form of energy. A substantial volume of LNG extracted will pass through Indian ports. Meanwhile, Total is maintaining its major investment (13 billion euros) in the province of Cabo Delgado (Mozambique), despite attacks by terrorist groups in Mocimboa da Praia. The company is also set to collaborate with Siemens on LNG turbines.