Agreement between the Port and City of Maputo (Mozambique)
The MoU concerns the regeneration of promenades and other spaces in the area between the port and city. Osorio Lucas, the port’s CEO, stressed the port’s commitment to other measures aimed at promoting city-port integration, including a passenger terminal, cultural and leisure infrastructures, conference hall, and other steps to support the socially excluded.
The port of Huelva (Spain) launches an invitation to tender for a firm to take charge of the City Port project on the Muelle de Levante
CNR and the Port of Lyons win an Open innovation Challenge
Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (a member of AIVP) and the Port of Lyons have been rewarded for two projects aimed at creating a more sustainable interface between the Port and City of Lyons. The first project, dubbed “Energy Quay”, provides renewable energies (hydrogen, electricity, natural gas). The second, “River’tri”, is a river-based waste disposal centre created with fellow AIVP member, the Suez group.
Ningbo (China) adopts a host of initiatives aimed at becoming a smart city and smart port
New public spaces set to become available on Auckland’s waterfront in the next six months, including at Silo Park
Oslo: consultation for the Grønlikaia redevelopment
The former container port of Grønlikaia is the final area of the old port district of Bjørvika to be redeveloped. The 208,000 m2 of available land is divided into five sub-zones. The proposals drawn up by Rodeo Architects include 1,500 residential units, a 1 kilometre long waterfront promenade, and a 1.6 hectare park.
A master plan for Bergen (Norway)
Designed by Danish firm Tredje Natur, the master plan concerns a 40 hectare site that was previously occupied by a logistics port and ferry terminal. The main priority is to create a “zero emissions” district using renewable construction materials, climate adaptation strategies, and with a focus on a community-based sharing economy.
In Helsinki, a street art competition in Jätkäsaari, a port sector that is being redeveloped for urban uses
The listed former sugar warehouse in Greenock (Scotland) could be turned into a museum about slavery and human rights
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For its new innovation hub project, the city council of Rouen (France) has opted for depolluting an industrial wasteland instead of cutting down a forest
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Port of Tarragona (Spain) impulses a marine biodiversity restauration project, in line with its sustainability plan
Port of Oakland (United States) reduces by 95% carbon emissions of its cranes thanks to hybrid electric engines
Economic recovery will require a strong port-city cooperation
As many cities struggle to boost their economy over the brutal recession triggered by the Covid-19 outbreak, Port-City cooperation is a key-asset for efficient stimulus programs.
In Canada, a joint recovery plan has been elaborated by the Port and the City of Québec, with the help of the University of Laval and the local Chamber of commerce and industry. They agreed on collectively stimulating innovation and transport. Several ambitious projects are on track, such as a new container terminal called “Laurentia”, an innovation hub along the river, or a new regional transport scheme.
Same idea in Spain, where the Port and the City of Ceuta have concluded a new protocol on the development of the cruise sector. This protocol focuses on the welcoming conditions of tourists and the services the city and the port can provide them.
However, for post pandemic recovery there must be not only business-oriented investments: Port of Long Beach (United States) has integrated public health projects in its 46m$ community grants program. In such a period of sanitary crisis, no doubt that health will be part of the new economy!
Call for papers for I.S.Rivers
A new edition of the I.S.Rivers international conference will be held in Lyons in June 2021, to allow scientists, operators and users of rivers to come together, share their experiences and engage in dialogue to promote sustainable management of their waterways. AIVP is one of the event’s partners.
The National Sanitation Office of Senegal (ONAS) and the port of Dakar will work together in the decontamination of the Bay of Hann.
New port-city dialogue in Valparaiso, Chile, to discuss future port development
Port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) joins national mission to study how they can support the reconstruction of the port of Beirut
Supporting sustainable agriculture and biodiversity
The Port of Montreal, in Canada, is committing to preserve biodiversity and the quality of water, air and the environment in several farms in the region by supporting the ALUS Montérégie environmental program. This initiative is connected to the expansion of the Contrecoeur terminal and will help to preserve ecosystems and support farmers in their efforts to protect the environment.
Traditional and new ways to highlight port-city heritage
Port City heritage buildings are one of the main elements in the port city identity. It is necessary to protect them because they tell stories from the past and show the influence of the port in the urban landscape. The port of Tarragona for example, is refurbishing its emblematic clock tower from the early 20th century and its former HQ for new uses. Another Spanish port, Valencia is investing to protect the clock building from swallows, while allowing them to nest. Another approach can be found in Strasbourg, in France, where port has become a showcase for street art from artists like Apaiz.
Wave power in Viana do Castelo (Portugal). The new facility will include R&D, Manufacturing and Service Centre for Wave Energy Converters.
The Port of Huelva (Spain) and the Government of Andalucía have joined forces to develop a port and logistics innovation hub
New project led by Port of Rotterdam to foster hydrogen powered trucks by 2025 in central Europe. The project has the potential of reducing 100k tons of CO2 per year. This initiative is aligned with the 7 “building blocks” for the port of the future recently published by the port of Rotterdam.
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.
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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.