Las Palmas set to improve facilities for cruise passengers
A number of new facilities will enter service in the coming months, including a tourist information office, a footbridge between the terminal and the Port Market, a maritime viewing platform and new tourist signage.
Full article : Spanish Ports
In Montreal, the 25 hectare site of the historic Molson brewery on the Saint Lawrence will become available in 2012
Full article : CityLab
The Port of Cartagena set to redevelop the Alfonso XII promenade and access to the cruise terminal
Full article : La Verdad
New York City consults citizens on the latest version of its Vision 2020 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan
A waterfront zoning plan was originally created in 1993, and in 2008 the City decided it should be updated every ten years. The current consultation concerns the new version of the Vision 2020 for the 520 miles of waterfront, a document dating back to 2011. This summer, a variety of public workshops were organised for “Living and Playing at the Waterfront”, “Working at the Waterfront”, “Restoring and Recreation”, “Adapting our Waterfront” (to climate change).
San Francisco, India Basin: developing parks for the disadvantages and minorities, a strategy inspired by other examples in the US
Full article : Governing
Sydney, Darling Harbour: the national maritime museum has installed 812 cutting-edge solar panels
Full article : Energy Live News
Hayle (UK): FCBStudios selected for the next phase in the redevelopment of Cornish Harbour, a world heritage site
The project is inspired by the coal wharf and the natural landscape. Some 140 homes, along with offices, shops and a public square will be created on the eight-hectare site. The agreement also covers a wider masterplan involving 300 homes, a hotel, a watersports hub, and a listed building. The project was designed in conjunction with the municipality, heritage bodies and the local community.
Full article : Design boom (+ images, plans)
Shenzhen, Huanggang Port: INVITATION TO TENDER for a passenger terminal and new port office building
Full article : Archdaily
Rotterdam: immersion day in the context of the Port Centre Network
Greta Marini, who is responsible for running the AIVP Port Centre Network, accompanied the delegation from the Port of Leghorn, an AIVP member, on an organised tour of the Port of Rotterdam, which has been also a Member of AIVP since several years.
The delegation, consisting of the executives responsible for communications services, human resources and public relations, discovered numerous local initiatives intended to bring the city’s inhabitants, especially the young, into closer contact with port activities and careers. The tour was organised in the context of an exchange of good practices with a view to setting up a Port Centre in Leghorn.
Under the direction of Henk de Bruijn at the Port of Rotterdam’s Corporate Strategy department, Nathalie Backx has particular responsibility for relations with young people and measures to increase their awareness of careers in the port. She also sets up cultural and artistic projects to further strengthen City/Port links in Rotterdam. Today there are already several sites which bear witness to a rich, innovative, modern port culture, resolutely facing the future: Futureland, EIC Mainport and the “Research, Design & Manufacture Campus”, RDM Campus. The latter, an old industrial site that was home to the “Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij” (Rotterdam Dry Dock Company), today holds several schools which collaborate directly with nearby port companies. Together with Nathalie and her colleague Maartje Berendsen, first of all we visited Futureland, the information centre for the Maasvlakte 2 project located on the construction site 45km from the city centre. The centre was opened in May 2008 by the Port Authority in collaboration with the port terminals construction company. It is managed and promoted by the Port, and now receives nearly 125,000 visitors per year. Here the object is to explain the Maasvlakte 2 construction project from the environmental, technical (notably polder construction techniques) and management angles. The Centre offers a permanent exhibition based on a fun, interactive information circuit which helps visitors to understand the challenges of an international project on such a scale. Futureland, which does not charge for entry, also offers visitors the chance to discover the site by boat and bus. A cafeteria offers people from further afield – including retired people with their families and groups of travellers attracted by the nearby beaches – a privileged view of the construction of Maasvlakte 2.
However, the Futureland initiative is linked to a construction site and is destined to disappear within a few years. This will coincide with the opening of the APM, DP World and CMA CGM terminals, and thus the arrival of the first containers. For the moment, there are no plans to continue visits to the site once it is fully operational. Discussions are under way to study the possibility of special visits, such as are already organised to other terminals at Rotterdam, for example Euromax Terminal ECT at Maasvlakte 1. These group visits are organised jointly with the EIC Mainport Rotterdam Port Centre, an educational centre directed towards industrial-port activities and an introduction to different careers associated with these areas.
When we arrived at the Port Centre (which is a member of AIVP’s Port Centre Network), the new director, Marie Dotsch, guided us round the permanent exhibition and the teaching modules aimed at a young and teenage public. 18,000 schoolchildren pass through the centre each year. They are offered guided visits on the ground coupled with a visit to the permanent exhibition. EIC is an associative, not-for-profit structure. The Port of Rotterdam has its boardroom and main office next to the industrial companies represented by the Deltalinqs group and representatives of the Shipping and Transport College.
In 2013, several public players in Rotterdam, including the port and the city, have adopted the education and awareness of young people as their mission. The port, which is the region’s biggest employer, has difficulty in finding qualified labour for careers in technical and industrial areas. For Natalie Backx, the Port Authority has been working on these aspects for a long time, trying to mobilise the economic players of the port. The creation of RDM Campus is the latest concrete manifestation of this policy. At all events, more effective coordination between the different associations, organisations and public bodies has become necessary; employment and training are a priority for the port and its surroundings.
Recently, the “Jinc” association, already very active in Amsterdam in the field of raising awareness in children aged 8 to 16, has been collaborating with the EIC Mainport Port Centre to develop immersion visits to companies in the industrial-port centre. The 10 – 12 age-group is being targeted particularly. This new partnership could double the number of visitors to EIC in the next few years. However it would appear to be necessary to target the efforts of each of the players involved more strongly. The Port of Rotterdam is also wondering how to re-focus its investments to make these different initiatives into the pillars of a better coordinated strategy. The closure of Futureland in a few years also raises the question of creating another site nearby to continue talking about the port to the many visitors to the sector. An old building close to the dredging spoil basin could be redeveloped for the purpose. However, its location a long way from the city centre remains a problem.
A bridge to link the old fortress of Leghorn with the city
At the end of this month, the city will publish notification of a project for the creation of a floating bridge. It will create a new pedestrian route between the port and the city, and improve the management of tourist flows from the Maritime Station. In the longer term, the fortress will be operated by the company managing the passenger terminal in order to hold cultural events and house the new Port Centre. (photo © AIVP)
Rotterdam: Art in the Submarine Wharf
The Port of Rotterdam, in collaboration with the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, is mounting a cultural exhibition to make the most of this exceptional port site. A ceiling more than 20 metres high has given three internationally famed artists a chance to let their imaginations run riot.
The Port of Antwerp receives the CSR Charter initiated by the Chamber of Commerce and the Province of Antwerp
President Port of Cagliari Massidda reduces taxes in order to attract businesses and create jobs for youngsters
The International Maritime Organisation adopts additional measures from the Cruise Industry to enhance passenger safety
The use of dredging for roads is complex and should only be carried out at a suitable distance around ports.
The Port of Marseille opens its doors with a new record of over 10,000 visitors
As part of its celebrations as the European Capital of Culture 2013, the Port of Marseille organised boat trips around its Eastern basins: tours which met with real success amongst both the people of Marseille and tourists. Port staff helped visitors to board boats from the old J4 wharf, home to the Museum of Civilizations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MUCEM) and Villa Méditerranée.
Source: Port de Marseille
Port of Portland 2013 Seaport Celebration: Call for artistic work linked to the working waterfront
River transport in France remains underused, despite its clear advantages
Benefits include a lower carbon footprint, extensive network, capacity reserve, storage options in central urban areas, and low negative externalities. Recent policies aimed at promoting cooperation between stakeholders along the Seine and Rhône or in the Hauts de France region are also ensuring a more consistent, dynamic approach. Isemar has taken an in-depth look at the issue.
Full article: Isemar (pdf)
Africa: China is involved with 46 port projects and is starting to change its strategy on societal integration.
Full article: Flows
Almeria: the dry port of Nijar is set to open in 2020, on a 270 hectare site, providing an essential resource for local competitiveness.
Full article: El Mercantil
Long Beach and Los Angeles ports begin talks to intensify cooperation
The challenge is to make the City Port territory more competitive as a gateway for products arriving in the USA from Asia. This internal strategy driven by the management of both ports is reminiscent is similar to those involving Tacoma and Seattle, or the joint sports initiative between Virginia and Georgia. Géraldine Knatz, former CEO of the Port of Los Angeles and member of the AIVP Expert Committee, believes these initiatives are sensible solutions, that have become increasingly popular since the last attempted merger in 2014.
Full article: Benzinga
“Navigating a changing climate”: an international survey on the effects of climate change for ports and navigable waterways
Full article: Navigating a changing climate
Trucks on trains: the Cargo Beamer project in Calais announced in 2016 takes off with EU support.
Full article: Cargobeamer
Piraeus: the port could develop faster with the creation of a genuine local and regional maritime cluster.
Full article : Port Economics
Le Havre extends its steam network to cover more industrial sites, especially for washing tank containers. Some 43,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided.
Full article: Paris Normandie
Zimbabwe is modernising its North-South corridor to connect with other SADC countries and the Indian Ocean ports.
Full article: Africa Ports
Seine ports merger: the plan is moving forward with territorial meetings and an online platform.
Full article: NPI