Urban Port

22 November 2017

San Francisco: the Port chooses CHE2M and Arcadis for resilient redevelopment of the waterfront

The object is to strengthen the protection barrier along an essential 3.5 mile sector of the waterfront. A multi-risk analysis and an approach focusing on the idea of co-existing with the water will result in an action plan to forestall, mitigate and manage storms and the sea level rise.

Full article : PR Newswire ; Nasdaq

22 November 2017

Le Havre: a student residence known as Dock’City will open in 2018 in front of the Vatine basin, in the Vauban Docks district

Full article : Paris Normandie

22 November 2017

Chicago: new financing deals and returns on investment for public spaces on the waterfront

Full article : Urban Land Institute

22 November 2017

Launceston (Tasmania): hotel designed by Artas architects in the old Kings Wharf grain silo will open in April 2018

Full article : Hotel news ; Silo Hotel (+ images)

20 November 2017

Morocco: the 1st international leisure ports meeting confirms Morocco’s potential

During the opening ceremony, the Minister noted that with 3,500 km of coastline, 7 marinas and 4,000 berths, the country already has great potential. The national port strategy to 2030, consistent with the tourism vision for 2020, expects to see infrastructure development and improved connectivity. Cooperation within the Mediterranean Basin is another strong point. The Moroccan Leisure Ports Association (APPM) signed agreements with its French and Spanish equivalents during the meeting. The organizing committee of this meeting included the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development –SMIT-, member of AIVP.

Full article : Ministère de l’Equipement, du Transport, de la logistique et de l’eau ; Le Journal de Tanger

20 November 2017

Yokohama: in 2019 a new cruise ship terminal will open with shops and a 200-room hotel

Full article : The Asahi Shimbun

20 November 2017

The Port of Los Angeles announces that the industrial area of Wilmington is to be turned into a waterfront park, including a public art programme

Full article : Daily Breeze

20 November 2017

Edinburgh (Scotland): less housing and more retail spaces in the revised masterplan for Waterfront Plaza

Full article : Scottish Housing news

15 November 2017

Melbourne: the State of Victoria proposes a huge development project for the 480 ha of Fisherman’s Bend

The declared object is to make it a benchmark for resilient, sustainable urban redevelopment. It is expected to house 80,000 people by 2050. Five sectors which have been identified. One of these, which has been defined as an economic and innovation cluster of national importance, will be devoted to generating up to 80,000 new jobs.

Full article : ArchitectureAu ; Architecture and Design (+ video)

15 November 2017

La Rochelle: the winner of the Recycling Port Landscapes award is organising “walking workshops” to get feedback on public perceptions of the port

Full article : Sud-Ouest ; Umlr


Citizen Port

5 September 2013

A week to discover the port of Le Havre and the careers it offers

Some dozen tours are offered to give the region’s inhabitants a chance to discover the many activities and careers associated with the maritime and port world of Le Havre. The main object is to make young people aware of the opportunities and encourage them to talk to professionals who work in this environment.
Source: CCI Le Havre

5 September 2013

The Flemish ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Ostend will open their gates on 22 September

The Flemish ports are inviting the general public to discover the extraordinary environment of the world of ports. A number of demonstrations have been organised for the occasion. At Antwerp, PSA and DP World will invite families into their terminals to see these usually inaccessible sites at close hand.
Source: Port of Antwerp

22 August 2013

Long Beach: the port has reduced its emissions of diesel particles by 81% since 2005

Source : Green Port

24 July 2013

Waterways – a sector looking to recruit but lacking applicants

The magazine Navigation Ports & Intermodalité presents a complete file on young people and waterways. This sector needs to provide a new vision of its industry and the opportunities for development which it offers. Reflections, testimonies and training opportunities will be presented.

Source: NPI

19 July 2013

The film “Cargo” takes a prize at the Genova Film Festival dedicated to the theme : Today’s port – between local identity and global networks

Source : Porto di Genova

18 July 2013

“Aportem – Port of Valencia United” sees the light of day

Valence_gm_APORTEM_12_07_2013The Aportem project has been officially launched by various partners from the logistics and port community of Valencia.  Initiated by the Port Authority and Valenciaport, it aims to promote corporate social responsibility. (©APV)

Source: Port de Valence – Valenciaport

17 July 2013

In Ghent, free boat trips are a victim of their own success: The port is already taking bookings for 2014

Source: Port de Gand

17 July 2013

A unique multimedia aquatic show in Quebec could inspire port cities

Source: BateauInfo

17 July 2013

Every port should have a festival: Antwerp organizes Drakenboot Festival for September 2013

Source: Port d’Anvers

16 July 2013

Synthesis AIVP Days Helsinki : “Culture and competitiveness of port cities

Announcing the creation of cultural infrastructure in port spaces which are still active, or in the process of conversion, often provokes arguments and disagreements between the players concerned, and also the population.

Are cultural installations essential to the success of the port-city relationship?

Disputes are even more open in a context of local or national economic crisis. This was the case in Iceland in 2008 when the construction of the Harpa Concert Hall at the port-city interface of Reykjavik was launched. Investing so heavily in this type of infrastructure appears risky to many, and at all events not a high priority.

The feedback from the latest AIVP Meeting shows that in the long term this kind of bet on the future does pay. It has a positive impact on the quality of life, turning these sites into attractions which draw thousands of visitors, and places where people want to live. They also strengthen relations and cooperation between the parties involved.

Furthermore, in addition to the specific buildings, the challenge is also to bring new life to a whole territory, and to construct communities. This can be achieved by supporting the creation of “culture districts”, as in Reykjavik or Buenos Aires. Thus particular attention is paid to the quality of public spaces to favour the adoption of the new infrastructure by the population. The Spanish example of Malaga is enlightening in this respect, with the creation of a circuit round the cultural infrastructure which already existed in the city centre and the new infrastructure created on the waterfront. New links are forged, a new port-city weft is created. Appropriation by the population becomes possible thanks to the creation of a single port-city public space and a common imaginary.

At Veracruz, in Mexico, the need for a port extension must also be based on maritime culture, a culture of the sea. This enables the citizen to understand that port growth is not only an economic asset, but also contributes to the social and cultural development of the community.

Supporting the creation of a port culture or supporting the acceptance of port-city development or redevelopment projects – in the end the challenge of cultural infrastructure is the same for the decision-makers, whether for the city or the port.


Enhancing the port-city image: the port as an inspiration for architects

In a sense, the competition launched by the port of Piraeus in Greece for the reconversion of the silos into a museum is also a longer term strategic investment. Its aim is to achieve social acceptance of the presence of the port and an improvement in its relations with the city, to change the image of a port which is perceived as a barrier.

The benefits expected from the installation of high quality cultural infrastructure and public spaces here are of course associated with the fact that the passenger port is just next door, and that cruise activity is growing rapidly. The architects decided to open the building to the outside and provide views over the active port. References to the industrial past are also used in the treatment of public spaces to assert the identity of the site.

Taking inspiration from port architecture and exploiting it while respecting the logic of the site is the principle followed also in Marseilles for the various ambitious works of cultural infrastructure which have been carried out along the port-city interface. These projects have been conceived specifically as a function of the unique spirit of the location. Here port architecture becomes a tool by which identity asserts itself against the risk of standardisation. In the case of Marseilles, it is also a question of strengthening its strategic positioning on the international scene.

According to Marta Moretti, the emergence of this problem of identity, of the use of port vocabulary and memories of the city’s port history as opportunities for the creation of a new identity, is characteristic of the second generation of waterfront projects. The economic crisis appears to have brought about a change of attitude, insisting more on the re-use and exploitation of abandoned urban infrastructure. This change is a particular feature of the waterfront redevelopment operations of Northern Europe. Here, the opportunity is taken to re-think the waterfront while paying more attention to the question of sustainability and the importance of public spaces.


Citizens, partners in port performance

Port performance now is additionally measured by the degree of knowledge that a territory has of its own industrial and economic tissue. This is especially true in the case of a port-city, which often suffers from the negative and sometimes false image which its own citizens have. How then can a society be constructed which is able to contribute to economic development on the basis of its own identity?

For Hakan Fagerström (Tallink Ferry Company), the emergence of a port culture may have a positive influence on the local economic tissue of the port, but only so long as it is adopted by all the players of the port-city. The need, for economic reasons, to remain in the heart of Helsinki is particularly important for passenger transport companies, whose customers do not like to arrive in a no-man’s-land.

And it is just as important for the city to safeguard activities compatible with urban uses and to offer a berth to ships which demonstrate international trade over the port. According to Pascal Freneau of the Port of Nantes in France, ports are among the elements which structure the world, and comprehension of how trade functions is to be encouraged.

Likewise the Israeli port of Ashdod, since the port was modernised in 2005, has decided to redefine its business strategy and basic values by trying to improve its image and its relationship with the public. This step is born of the conviction that collaboration with the community and its principal institutions is an essential value for a port authority sometimes faced with a difficult social dialogue.

The creation of a Port Centre is one of the measures adopted to give back a certain pride to port workers, and in turn to show the population and the community of Ashdod the different activities and careers offered by the port. It is also a meeting point allowing the port to open its doors and show potential investors the interest shown in the territory by the various communities, institutions and companies. Its attractiveness is strengthened by a local dynamic which invests in the development of a shared port culture.


ISPS code, restricted spaces: how to create and manage cultural events in the port environment

For Jean-François Driant, Director of a major cultural infrastructure at Le Havre in France, “There is nothing that looks so like a scene in a theatre as a port basin.” The port is a tremendous vehicle for an imaginary. The only difficulty is to find a common space in which to translate this imaginary while respecting the constraints of artistic creation and the needs of port operations.

The debate underlined the fact that the ISPS Code seems particularly difficult for port authorities to get round, as was shown by the example of Guadeloupe, subjected to pressure and control by the neighbouring United States. As Harald Jaeger, CEO of the port of Valparaiso in Chile remarked, security is an asset for a port, a value to be protected. It would take many years to recover lost cruise ship passengers after an attack. For all that, the 15 years’ experience of Valparaiso, with many initiatives in the cultural, sporting, recreational, etc. fields, show that temporary partial opening of the port (10 days per year) is possible. Contributions from the floor: according to the President of the port of Bahia Blanca in Argentina, one idea is to create specific corridors inside the port, which could be financed by incorporating the cost into port dues. At Malaga, after three years of discussion, access to the wharves when there are no cruise ships in port may be possible in future.

Flexibility seems to be the key word, including being open to events generating up to a million visitors, like the Tall Ships Races. An event which, apart from the immediate benefits for the city, had a double positive impact: strengthening cooperation between city and port players, and generating financing which can subsequently be re-injected into port-city redevelopment projects.

Constructing continuity between city and port, creating an identity and reinforcing culture and the local community, in the long run is a formidable lever for economic and social development which can irrigate an entire territory.


AIVP Days Helsinki June 2013 : Presentations available here

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Enterprise-driver Port

22 November 2017

Spain: the Court of Auditors expresses reservations on the multiplication of port investments.

The Court blames ports for not carrying out realistic studies of the real demand underlying every new infrastructure work. It demands the definition of a clearer national strategy and control mechanisms. The response to market demands must be analysed more deeply from a national perspective and not port by port. The Court does not recognise a direct correlation between infrastructure expenditure and efficiency gains.

Full article: El Vigia

22 November 2017

Occitania Region launches the extension of Port-la-Nouvelle and its platform dedicated to floating wind turbines.

Full article: Le Marin / France 3

22 November 2017

Abu Dhabi Ports fully contributes to the country’s food safety by developing dedicated port areas and industrial clusters

Full article: Port Technology

22 November 2017

The port of Tallinn goes onto the stock market to give confidence to investors and strengthen the local economy.

Full article: Port Technology

22 November 2017

Hamburg: the port and the local economy are suffering increasingly from failure to deepen the Elbe.

Full article: Journal of Commerce

20 November 2017

The impact of the Belt and Road initiative on China’s cruise industry

The Belt and Road initiative is a new vision and represents a new direction for the country’s tourist development. Covering 80% of the world’s cultural heritage sites, over 60 countries and 4 .4 billion people, the initiative will generate major growth for the Chinese cruise tourism economy.

Full article:

20 November 2017

Regulations for the clean air action plan at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles is becoming standard for the US port industry

Full article: JOC

15 November 2017

McKinsey’s 50-year vision for container transport: growth, gigantism, concentration, digitalisation. Is this credible?

Full article: McKinsey&Company

15 November 2017

Egypt, Suez Canal: DP World will develop a new industrial and residential area: 20 km2, 500.000 habitants and 400.000 jobs

Full article: Gulf Business

15 November 2017

Logistics: automation requires new professional profiles even if 80% of tasks are still being done manually.

Full article: El Vigia