Sidewalk Labs abandons its plans in Toronto
Sidewalk Labs, the subsidiary set up by Google to develop this Quayside project in Toronto, explained its decision by citing the uncertain economic climate and the difficulties in making the project financially viable. The announcement pre-empts a decision from Waterfront Toronto on the future of the project, for which Sidewalk tabled a new proposal in June 2019, notably expanding the area covered by the plans from 5 to 77 hectares. But the project, launched in 2017, quickly attracted controversy as we reported last July. Presented as a laboratory for an exemplary smart city, it raised fears about the use of the private data collected by the numerous sensors that were to be installed. The later proposal, made in June 2019, failed to clear up the issue. Nonetheless, the question of how smart cities can be developed in tandem with the citizens remains an interesting round-table topic for AIVP…
In Valencia, the redevelopment of Tinglados 4 and 5 continues
Temporarily halted by the Covid-19 epidemic, the restoration of the famous port hangars has now resumed. They will house cultural and innovative activities, and in doing so forge a new relationship between Valencia Marina and the city. A similar effect will be achieved by the small landscaped area and cycle path, on which work has also begun.
San Diego (USA): work set begin on construction of the waterfront Bayside Performance Park and its open-air auditorium
The Irish port of Cork could take inspiration from Bordeaux to redevelop its waterfront
Boston: climate-driven gentrification?
We have previously mentioned, on a number of occasions, the strategy adopted by the city of Boston to tackle the issues of climate change and rising sea levels: instead of just building levees and seawalls, the city is focused on building with the natural environment, by creating parks, wetland areas, and so on, to mitigate the impact of flooding. However, urban development projects at these sites will also make them much more expensive, ensuring only wealthier people are able to live there – a fairly standard type of gentrification. But what of the existing communities in these places? Will they be forced to move? And will their new homes also be protected against the risks of flooding? It is this “climate-driven” gentrification that Boston’s chief of environment, energy and open space is keen to avoid.
A new kind of governance for heritage
The circular economy concept has gradually established itself. Could its ideas provide the inspiration for a “circular governance” approach to the re-use of urban cultural? That is the question being pondered by 16 cities of the European ICLEI network. The synthesis report on this project is now available. It identifies and illustrates how a new approach is possible, for re-using, funding and maintaining cultural heritage sustainably.
Amsterdam aims to achieve a fully circular economy by 2050
In 2015, the city of Amsterdam ordered a study to assess the impact of a transition to a circular economy. The findings confirmed the significant potential in terms of reducing pollution, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Discussions with residents and the business community resulted in a strategy plan for the period 2020 to 2025. The Port will have a key role to play in the strategy, as we reported in our news on 16 April. For the City, the goal is to create a completely circular economy by 2050. With that in mind, a fourth phase was launched recently, and over 200 projects are in the pipeline for the year ahead.
Creating parks to tackle the tsunami risk
What can be done to resist the devastating power of tidal waves that can strike coastline and homes? According to a group of scientific experts, waterfront parks could offer a better solution than protective breakwaters. These landscaped parks are a more cost-efficient solution that will no doubt be of particular interest to less wealthy countries. They also help to preserve the natural environment, or at the very least to create a planned landscape that can also be turned into a promenade area.
La Spezia (AIVP member): reopening of port village boosts maritime cluster through cultural activities
The village, created by the Port Authority, offers a programme which includes photograph displays, book presentations, school visits, a cinema and talks. It is installed on a 220 m² site on the waterfront, and includes a terrace with a view over the bay and the port.Full article: Port of La Spezia
A sea ecomuseum opens in Palermo (Sicily)
Full article: Informazioni Marittime
The modernisation of the Port of Nice (AIVP member) requires agreement between all the parties concerned
Full article: Nice, la lettre du Port
The City and the Port of Algeciras renew their “Know your museum, know your port” project, involving 3,000 schoolchildren
Full article: Diariosur.es
The Port of Melbourne (AIVP member) continues to attract grown-ups and children with its monthly boat-trips
Full article: Port of Melbourne
ESPO Award 2014: aimed at environmental performance at the service of the port and the local community
Full article: ESPO.be
Kiel (Germany): construction of a hybrid LNG barge for electrical supply to cruise ships on the berth
Full article: Port of Hamburg
How to build awareness among young people of port and maritime careers – a pilot project in 4 to 8 German high schools in the Jade Bay region
Full article: Jade-Bay.de
Hamburg: 250,000 Euros for ecological restoration of the old port zone of Holzhafen
Located upstream to the south-east of the city, the zone forms part of the 148 km of banks handed over for management by “Lebensraum Elbe (SLE)”. This organisation, created in 2010, receives 4% of the port’s budget each year to recover natural spaces and carry out sustainable development projects. Full article: Port of Hamburg
30 years fishing ban at the port of Long Beach lifted with specific indication of authorised sites
Full article: Port of Long Beach
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.
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.