An urban project for the Port of Villa Constitución (Argentina)
One area of the port, previously dedicated to coastal shipping, has fallen into disuse and is set to be redeveloped into a leisure and tourism site, with plans for a floating amphitheatre, riverside walkways, a themed square and an area with top-class eateries.
The elevated Metro station designed by Cobe and Arup: a key part of the project to regenerate the Docklands district of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Plans for a covered pedestrian walkway to link the passenger terminal at Magong Port (Taiwan) with the city
New passenger terminal in Valencia (Spain) will integrate historic shipyard’s building and be environmentally friendly
The City of Rotterdam aiming to buff its green credentials
Plans to invest €233 have been announced for seven projects in various districts of the city. The aim is to make the city not just greener, but also more resilient to major outbreaks like the Covid-19 pandemic. Districts covered by the plan include the former port sectors of Rijnhaven and Masshaven.
The Port of Auckland (New Zealand) create a vertical garden
The aim is to integrate its car-handling terminal building more effectively into the urban surroundings. It will form a local landmark for the City Port and its roof will be turned into a public park within a few years. It will also promote biodiversity. The garden meets sustainability criteria, and everything in it can be either re-used or recycled.
The Port of Malaga (Spain) aims to reposition in the sailing market by targeting mega-yachts and planning to create marina with 600 to 650 berths
The port of Huelva confirms its social commitment by backing sports events
Full article: Port de Huelva
Containers to transport something other than cargo: the Port of Seattle innovates in how it handles run-off water
Full article : Seattle News – king5.com
Leghorn will celebrate European Maritime Day with a series of events, including the signature of the Missions Charter of a Port Centre
Full article: infomare.it
Rotterdam: 100 “electronic noses” in the port have led to a reduction in the impact on the urban environment
Full article : changeyourperspective.com
Sao Sebastiao (Brazil): green light for port extension and multiple actions to reduce the environmental impact
Full article : jornaldaorla.com.br
The Port of Montreal tests railway sleepers made of recycled materials
Full article: Port de Montréal – carnet de bord
The Port of Los Angeles assigns US$1M of subsidies to actions supporting civil society and the LA Waterfront
Full article: Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Algeciras launches the second year of its “Know your port” boat trips programme
Full article: Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Algeciras (APBA)
In the port city of Carthage, the cruise ship industry is recruiting
Full article: Autoridad portuaria de Cartagena
As from early 2015, two-week cruises will offer travel to the south-west Indian Ocean, sailing from Ville du Port
Full article: Mer et Marine
Public investment and financial aid in port cities
After the first wave of cultural and social initiatives, port cities around the globe are presenting their plans for the post-covid recovery. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has communicated a package of $27 million of financial support for companies, as well as for professionals training and employment support. In the USA, the ports of LA and Seattle have presented renewed infrastructural investments plan. In the case of LA, the port will invest $367million to reduce the impact on the local economy and employment, while in Seattle the plan includes $1.5billion in 20 projects, including also airport facilities. At the same time, in Spain, the ports of Valencia and Bilbao have followed a similar path. While in Valencia the port presented a financial aid package of €57,2 million to support local port companies, the port of Bilbao announced that their investment plan for 2020 will reach €67 million, to support the economy and employment creation.
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.