A new plan to improve City-Port integration in Cadiz (Spain)
The port authorities have just approved the special port plan to refine the way in which its various spaces are used. Some 1 million square metres will be set aside for activities relating to goods and passenger transport, while a 335,000 square metre area has been earmarked to redefine the relationship between City and Port. The area will host new activities and open spaces, to complete and better integrate the existing cruise activity. The plan also focuses on the use of renewable energy and will see specific smart energy saving programmes incorporated into the new facilities.
The Port of Thessaloniki (Greece) set for new uses
The Port authorities are keen to reshape the relationship between the eastern sector of the port and the city, and have asked architectural firm MVRDV to come up with a range of scenarios based on themes such as nature, leisure, culture, and education. The winning bids will be those judged best placed to enhance Thessaloniki’s appeal and establish the city on the global stage.
Plans for a network of green spaces along the Elbe River in Hamburg (Germany) will also offer an opportunity to test out new ideas
The port of Oakland’s new CEO believes plans for a baseball stadium on the waterfront are compatible with the port’s activities
The Nobel Center will now be built in Slussen, a waterfront district of Stockholm (Sweden) that is currently the subject of a major regeneration project
From 2022, ships being repaired will also be a show in Hamburg (Germany)
Measuring 209 m, “Dock 10” will be the biggest covered floating dock in Europe. Its walls and roof will be mostly transparent, allowing members of the public to see the repair work being carried out on ships docked there. The roof will enable workers to carry on with their work regardless of the weather conditions, while noise and exhaust gases should also be reduced.
How can areas be made attractive while undergoing redevelopment?
We have reported regularly on projects being carried on Marseilles’ waterfront and city-port interface area. Urban redevelopment covering 310 hectares began in 1995, with an additional 170 hectares added in 2007. Projects of this scale are naturally carried out over a period of time. The challenge is to ensure that the areas concerned are attractive to residents and visitors, even before their redevelopment is complete. This is a commonly raised issue for many of you. To address it, Euroméditerranée, the body in charge of the waterfront redevelopment in Marseilles and a member of AIVP, launched “MOVE” in late 2018, an invitation for expressions of interest in four newly available sites. The aim was to use the sites as a testing ground for temporary projects developed on themes such as solidarity, economy, collaboration, culture or civic responsibility. A short list of 11 projects was drawn up. Following discussions, the list of projects was fine-tuned, and some were merged together. Ultimately, four projects were selected. All will be installed in consultation with Euroméditérranée, and will remain in place for between one and four years. This is a fascinating temporary initiative designed to provide residents with a high-quality city-port interface, and we will be monitoring it closely.
The Port of Essaouira (Morocco) is restructuring to better integrate its fishing activities and shipyard with the tourist vocation of a heritage city
Principle of knowledge transfer in the Port of Vancouver: training ambassadors
The Leadership Program, offered to students in their final year of high school since 2004, allows them to develop their management skills and discover the port world. It is based on around one hundred hours volunteering, and the pupils in turn have to educate children on how the port works and what role it plays.
Source: Port de Vancouver
Costa cruises introduces the Slow Cruise concept and enjoys its first successes.
With more modest-sized ships, Costa allows its cruise passengers to discover destinations which are inaccessible to normal cruise ships. More time is spent in each port and cruising speed is reduced to save fuel.
Source: Fodor’s Travel – Kreuzfahrttester
The Port of Montreal presents its first application for mobile telephones and tablets
Source: Port de Montréal
The Leghorn Port Centre will shortly have a shuttle boat for port visits
The old “Gregoretti” boat, used by the Port Captaincy for 40 years, will be restored and used for guided visits which will form part of the activities of the future Port Centre. The Centre will open in the next few months.
Source: Il Tirreno
Analysis of the construction of a participative process in the sustainable planning of port territory
Source: RETE – Portusonline
“Well known but little known” is the motto of the Port of Bilbao for a programme which is being launched to promote port visits by schoolchildren aged 8-14
The target of this educational activity is to bring in 2,500 schoolchildren per year, while the teachers will be heavily involved through active complementary class-work before and after the visits. This spring, the port will also be open to the general public for weekend visits.
Port Center Le Havre launches its fan page on Facebook
Source: Facebook Port Center Le Havre
The autonomous carriers of the Port of Bilbao organize a day for children about the learning road safety standards
Source: Diario del Puerto
Fremantle Ports (Australia) makes a commitment with the civil society with actions for the discovery of the port environment
Source: Fremantle Ports
The Port Authority of Ferrol (Spain) inaugurates the exhibition “our ports” which includes more than 300 children’s drawings
Source: Diario del Puerto
The sustainable port is both smart and collective
The CEOs of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam have laid out converging visions for the future development of their respective ports, one having just returned from the World Economic Forum, the other speaking about in an interview about forward-looking prospect for the port. Both agree that the fight against climate change and the need for a carbon-neutral port economy are absolutely crucial. Technological innovation, both onshore and offshore, and moves to optimise logistics chains, will of course form part of the solution. Beyond that, however, the success of these changes will depend on the ability of ports to forge new partnerships and work collectively, by bringing their communities together around a shared process of transformation.
➜ Port of Rotterdam / Flows
To ease congestion on the roads, the Port of Melbourne (Australia) has confirmed plans to develop its rail infrastructure (with a €16 million investment)
Kribi (Cameroon): first 31 businesses now setting up in the port zone, with another 150 set to follow.
Vlissingen – North Sea Port (Netherlands): first developments for the Borsele 1+2 offshore wind farm that will eventually provide power to a million homes
Major trends and scenarios for the evolution of logistics
In the majority of port cities, logistics activity is increasingly structuring the territory. Marking out the future of this sector is becoming necessary. To this effect, the Urban Planning Agency of Marseille (France) remind us of a few key points. The massification of world trade flows will continue leading to the concentration of shipowners, the adaptation of ports, the extension and robotisation of warehouses, the emergence of single operators. In the era of e-commerce, the optimisation of the last mile has also become crucial. Nevertheless, land transport remains the weak link in this ecosystem with difficulties in massifying flows and proportionally a heavier CO2 impact. Pooling could be part of the answer but not all sectors believe in it. At the heart of these developments, the issue of employment appears to be an additional challenge for the territories.
Rwanda: Four ports on Lake Kivu earmarked as an alternative to road transport
Lake Kivu in western Rwanda marks the border with the neighbouring DRC. The four ports will be built with the help of the Netherlands, and spread out from the north to the south of the lake. They will promote improved mobility for passengers and goods between the various districts along the bank. Within twenty years, they should handle the majority of commercial cross-border trade and some 3 million passengers. The Government is also keen to use the ports as a platform for more ambitious plans to kick-start water-based transport on other lakes and rivers in Rwanda. The aim is to reduce the use of onshore transport infrastructures, maintenance of which represents a significant portion of the national budget. Finally, the project will help to boost competitiveness for both the food industry (beer, tea, coffee) and the cement industry, while also giving a lift to the tourist sector.
Whether fixed or floating, offshore wind power is now becoming truly industrialised. Cooperation between ports will need to be strengthened as a result.
Port of Montreal (Canada): fluid activities vital for combining economic efficiency and respect for the local population
The transport and logistics industry faced with the environmental and energy challenge
The sector currently accounts for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency is one of the biggest ways to cut emissions. While there is a consensus on the need to gradually phase out fossil fuels, LNG is seen as a stepping stone, while in the longer term, making the right choice between hydrogen, ammonia and biofuels remains a key challenge. Another way to reduce emissions is intermodality, with the aim of reducing the proportion of goods moved by road, and increasing short distance transport by rail, river and sea. Finally, innovating for more efficient logistics is the third solution. The aim is to reduce overall energy use, while ensuring that emissions avoided at sea are not simply moved onshore, particularly as a result of increased congestion in port cities.