New York, Hunter’s Point: a resilient waterfront park
The second phase of the South Waterfront Park project has been completed. Designed by SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi, the development occupies a 4.45 hectare former industrial site. In addition to housing a variety of recreational facilities, it will also help protect the city against heatwaves or storms, a resilient approach that can also be seen in the recently completed Domino Park in Brooklyn.
Full article : Inhabitat (+ images)
Liège: trade fair halls on the site of the planned eco-quarter on the edge of the Meuse river are to be relocated, while 6.5 km of bank are to be set aside for a promenade
Full article : RTBF
London: green light for five-year plans to develop the 112 hectare site at the future Royal Docks Entreprise Zone
The main aim is to make the site attractive both for economic activities and culture. Altogether, some 35,000 skilled jobs could be created for residents of London and Newham, while there are also plans for 4,000 new homes. It is hoped the project will bring in £5 billion of foreign inward investment by 2037/2038.
In Trondheim (Norway), pedestrians and cyclists will soon able to take an autonomous electric ferry across the canal
Full article : New Atlas (+ video)
Amsterdam: plans for a 1.5 km, urban cable car link designed by UN Studio above the IJ
Full article : Dezeen (+ images)
Bourgas (Bulgaria): work on the new Congress Centre officially gets under way
The complex will also include a Research Centre for Control and Exploration the Black Sea. The six-storey building will be based in the eastern part of the port, and will also host exhibitions, concerts, and a variety of educational activities. The project forms part of moves to open urban areas up to the sea once more and redevelop industrial or port zones as part of the city’s master plan. Opening planned for 2020.
Full article : Bulgarian Ports
Stockholm Royal Seaport: a building designed by Herzog and de Meuron to combine 317 apartments with public spaces on the site of a former gas holder
Full article : World Architecture News (+ images)
Orillia (Ontario, Canada): Smart Kiosk, a vast touchscreen set up on the waterfront to inform local residents and visitors
Full article : Orillia matters
Liverpool: a Maritime Knowledge Hub
The Hub will be one of the cornerstones of Wirral Waters, the regeneration scheme for the south bank of the Mersey. The aim is to make the hub a leading global centre for research, innovation, education and training in the maritime industries. Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has been selected for the project. The Hub will include two buildings, including the 19th century Hydraulic Tower, which will be restored and refurbished, while there will also be a major focus on green spaces, including roof terraces.
The Port of Melbourne redevelopment project includes plans for direct access and an observation platform
Buffer zones around the future Webb Dock container terminal and two new access roads should reduce the impact of road nuisance linked to port traffic. A belvedere will allow people to observe movements on the terminal and enjoy a view over the city.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald – Port of Melbourne
Port of Ghent: a magazine with 4 issues per year to bring the port closer to the people
Source: Port of Ghent
The Port of Dover offers a new scholarship to increase its commitment to young people
Source: Port of Dover
USA: Washington State Ferries proposes the LNG option to reduce the environmental impact of its ferries
A new law will oblige big businesses in India to invest in social works
The Companies Bill, adopted this summer, will affect around 8,000 companies. They will have to devote 2% of their net profits to social actions. Questions remain as to how this money (estimated at between 1.4 and 1.9 billion €) will be distributed, and the issue of reporting to limit abuses. ©Photo AIVP
Groeningen (Netherlands): Seaport Experience Centre organises a competition between Universities to re-structure a seawall
For one week, students will look for solutions to adapt the seawall of the port of Eemshaven to the challenges of rising sea levels without disturbing port activities. They will be helped in their efforts by experts from Groeningen Seaports and from RoyalHaskoningDHV.
Source: Seaports Xperience Center (SXC)
Mayor of Civitavecchia (Italy) has a new guiding plan: to develop port-city synergy, which is currently non-existent
Source: TRC Giornale
New York: US$100 M of investment to rejuvenate barge and rail transport at the heart of the city
Currently, some 90% of freight transport within the city limits is shipped by truck. The new plan aims to create 5000 jobs at handling platforms and eliminate 40 Mkm per year of freeway traffic. One of the sites could be in the Bronx, inspired by the terminal already developed by the port of Brooklyn
Full article: The Maritime Executive
The growth of ship repair activity on the Port Elisabeth waterfront is part of the port’s drive for integration.
Full article : Ports & Ships
Following the example of Morocco, Tunisia becomes the latest country to sign a deal with China to link up with the “One Belt, One Road” new silk road initiative.
Full article: Jeune Afrique
Chile: dialogue with communities and cities central to the new port policy
This is the key issue identified in the strategic orientations and priority investment policies unveiled by the Chilean government to the ten national port authorities, following the appointment of their new presidents. The focus is on proposing mechanisms to promote integration, notably in terms of governance. Employment, mobility and the environment will also be crucial to City-Port-Citizen dialogue.
The Port of Durban is counting on a broad programme of investments to secure its position as the leading maritime gateway for the Gauteng economy.
Full article: Port Strategy
Mumbai metro project: what if the excavated material could be used to develop the port?
Currently, the material is trucked to abandoned quarries over 50 km from the city. The Port de Mumbai is now proposing to take them by ship the 10 km to Jahawar Dweep, to expand the docks and reclaimed land. The proposal has been submitted to the Environment Ministry.
Full article: Mid-day.com
“Traders Market”: a new 300 hectare logistics zone devised by DP World to boost trades between the Emirates and China.
Full article: Hellenic Shipping News
Intermodal logistics: the port of Kiel strengthens its rail links and expands pre-stacking parks for trucks.
Full article: Hellenic Shipping News
Valparaiso: the city and port slow to reach agreement on TCVAL terminal extension plan
Discussions are centred on the environmental challenges posed by the US$500 M project, although the ecological measures already announced have been accepted by the state and regional authorities. For the Mayor, more needs to be done in order to avoid compromising the landscape visible from the sea in the bay, which is a world heritage site. The President of the port is calling for dialogue to avoid putting the port’s economic future at risk.