Copenhagen: Blox, the Danish architecture centre, opened on 7 May
Designed by OMA, it will be partly raised above the dock on which it has been built, to preserve the continuity of the promenade. The multi-purpose building will house a museum, restaurant, offices, housing units, and more.
Newcastle (Australia): the maritime museum set to be relocated to the pumping station? The cost of moving the heritage site would be very high, according to the Port
Full article : The Herald
Barcelona: Carnival Corporation has opened its new cruise terminal, capable of accommodating ships running on LNG
Full article : Cruise News
Fort William (Scotland) wants to welcome cruise passengers directly onshore, in a bid to boost the Highlands’ tourist appeal
Full article : The national
Winnipeg: a community-wide ideas competition for Alexander Dock
Activity ended in this sector alongside the Red River in 2015. The area is now owned by the City and a public consultation was organised in 2017. The main aim of the On the Docks competition is to restore access to the river, but all proposals for this public space will be welcomed.
Montreal: public spaces at the Grand Quai and cruise terminal to be inaugurated on 3 June, with work set to start on the viewing tower in 2019
Full article : Radio canada (+ images ; Video)
Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival: over the years, the shipping container has become a symbol of the city’s cultural identity. A look back at the 2017 edition.
Full article : ArchDaily (+ images)
Valencia: the Mayor favours uses linked to culture and innovation for the Marina Réal docks
This announcement follows an agreement with Docks Logistics Spain, S.A., bringing forward the end of their concession which was to have run until 2022. Use of this emblematic building will then be returned to Consorcio Valencia 2007-CV07, which manages the marina. In March, CV07 launched a consultation process with a group of independent professionals and experts. The different proposals centre on the concept of a living space designed by the community as a whole, devoted to culture, education, research, etc.
Houston: a vast tunnel network will not be enough to protect the city from future floods – a long-term approach is needed
Full article : Grist
The Port of Rotterdam has tidal basins built along the Calandkanaal to encourage biodiversity. The idea came out of a start-up from the Port XL programme
Full article: Port of Rotterdam
Belgium: call for tenders launched to examine the economic impacts of maritime space planning, allowing its role in the blue economy to be assessed
Full article: Ted Europa
Innovative strategic partnership between the Port of Quebec and Cégep Limoilou
The Port of Quebec and Cégep Limoilou have formed a strategic partnership. The objects of the agreement are to open up port installations to Cégep’s teaching activities, to allow the Port to benefit from the expertise of the college’s teachers and students, and to encourage interchange of ideas between the two parties.
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands introduces regulations to reduce the noise caused by leisure or sports activities on ships berthed in the ports under its management
Full article: Port of Balears
Port of Almeria: the service provider which will execute the master plan, with an important port-city aspect, is to be chosen shortly
Full article: Europapress
La Spezia: the cruise season is developing with the Costa Group – more than 250,000 passengers expected for 2019
Full article: Bizjournal
Ports: increasingly concerned with understanding the cruise industry’s impact on air quality
Several port authorities, including Marseille, Bordeaux and the port of the Balearics, have decided to carry out impact studies aimed at better understanding the environmental implications of the cruise business. Currently on the rise, cruises generate undoubted economic benefits for the local area, but there are questions regarding the social and environmental cost. Aware of this issue, the port of the Balearics has decided to set up a collaboration with a bird protection organisation, to incorporate their data into the impact studies being carried out with the University of the Balearic Islands.
The Port of Dublin submits its Masterplan 2040 and the associated environmental studies for public consultation
Full article: Port of Dublin
Cruise ships with on-board sustainable management of all waste. Italian builder Fincantieri will enlist the services of Scanship to work on the processes.
Full article: Cruise and Ferry
Creation of an Italian national foundation (SILP) for future port-logistics training
The new body aims to provide a forum for contact between public institutions and private enterprise, in order to tackle the phenomena and processes driving changes in the port workplace. Automation, digitisation, the internet of things, and the rise of mega-ships all represent challenges that need to be faced quickly, in terms of jobs and the new skills needed. Genoa was chosen as the site for the Foundation by its creators: Isfort, employment agency Randstad, and the RINA Group.
Full article: Ship2shore
Between plastics and ship waste, the challenges around waste in ports are reaching critical point
Since the start of the year, China’s restrictive policy on plastic waste imports has been causing a build-up at European ports, where storage areas are becoming gradually saturated. Some countries are looking at landfill as a temporary solution. Elsewhere, such as at the Port of Amsterdam, new possibilities are being found, including turning waste into fuel. At the same time, Europe’s ports are calling for new legislation on the collection of ship waste to include higher taxation.
The Port of Bordeaux welcomes the first clients at its experimental SEENEOH site dedicated to tidal energy.
Full article: Bordeaux Port Atlantique
Energy transition: the port of Antwerp and Fluxys target a strategy to capture, transport, store, and re-use CO2.
Full article: Port of Antwerp
With its new port at Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan aims to become a regional hub between Europe and Asia.
Full article: Radio Free Europe Radio Liberté
From the port of Montreal to the port of Quebec, the provincial government wants to promote – but not control – maritime development.
Full article: Le Soleil
Quebec keen to encourage industrial synergies between the port zones of Contrecoeur Varennes and Sorel Tracy
Full article: Gouvernement du Québec
Reducing logistics costs is crucial to efforts to attract industrial operators abandoning Asia and make Mombasa a new global trade hub
Full article: Business Daily
Seychelles: the AFD and Europe back plans to extend Port Victoria, a vital project for lowering the cost of living in the islands
Full article: Le Marin
Vietnam: a lack of investment is preventing the country from taking proper advantage of its maritime and river port system
Full article: Viêt Nam News
DP World and Virgin put their faith in the Hyperloop and join forces to create a shared vision of the future.
The joint venture has seen the creation of a new company, DP World Cargospeed. The aim is to build the logistics service best suited to the rapid growth of e-commerce, as part of a new long-term vision of logistics and the ambition of both parties to establish this technology as the global standard.