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
5.4 million euros for the Le Havre Smart Port City project
The subsidy from the French State will pave the way for the project to move forward into the operational phase. The project brings together local communities, the port, private stakeholders, educational and research institutes. It aims to transform the local area over the next ten years, using innovative solutions in the fields of mobility, energy, smart data, the ecological transition, relations with the public, education and training, and general attractiveness.
The City and Port of Palma (Spain) reach agreement on plans for a promenade to bridge the City-Port divide and reconnect the two areas
➜ El Vigia
Cruises remain limited in most countries
As we will discuss this week in the 2nd AIVP webinar, cruises are in a complex position. Several countries have announced that they restrict cruise ships from docking in their ports. Canada has been one of the first countries confirming this measure, communicating that cruises are banned from Canadian waters until the end of October, effectively ending the cruise season of 2020. In other parts of the world, other countries are still limiting cruises. This week, the Spanish government announced that maintains a ban on the entry of cruise ships from any port. A similar situation is happening in New Zealand, where the government confirmed the ban on cruises. This situation is not only causing major economic loses to the companies, but also impeding more than 40 000 cruise workers from going back home. In the meantime, some ports are working on their medium-term (3years) plans to recover the lost cruise traffic, like Barcelona. In other Spanish port cities, like Málaga, cruise terminal operators see this as an opportunity to improve this type of tourism, making it more sustainable and increasing the value for the hosting city. These will be the challenges for the recently re-elected president of Corporación de Puertos del Cono Sur, Mr. Carlos Mondaca, also VP of AIVP.
Port of Venice (Italy) launches an educational program to help unemployed people to become logistic technician and improve their chances to find a job.
Mini-forests: a new approach to fight the climate crisis and restoring biodiversity, defended by Japanese botanists.
Are traditional wind-powered ships a viable logistic option? Increasing interest on sustainable products could make it viable
Ports celebrate the international day of archives
Usually rich in historic documents but often not so well known by the general public, port archives are gradually gaining more attention. Several ports have prepared special events and content to celebrate this day. The port of Barcelona (Spain), has prepared a guide to teach people to organize their own memories. The Archive of the port of Tarragona (Spain) also prepared special guided tours to show the public the relevance of their work. Port archives are a source of rich, historical content that can be disclosed and exhibit in innovative ways to establish a link with citizens, as the port of Dublin (Ireland) is doing with an attractive dedicated website and its director explains in this video.
Bahia Blanca (Argentina) estuary ecosystem has integrated 981 hectares of Wetlands in the Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network.
New Port Center among the priorities for the Port of La Rochelle (France) in the strategic plan 2020-2024.
➜ Port La Rochelle PDF
Canadian ports show their commitment with the local fauna
Artificial concrete and sand nesting boxes installed by the port of Montreal and port of Quebec proof successful. Bank Swallows are back to occupy the nests installed last year, in some cases multiplying their colony fourfold. In the project, the port of Quebec tested three solutions for artificial nests, being the concrete ones the ones with best results.
Dublin Port presents a play on the social connection between port and city
The play “In our veins”, commissioned by the Port of Dublin, explores the life story of a docker and their family through 100 years of Dublin City. The play was initially featured at the Abbey Theatre in April 2019 and will be available on Dublin Port’s YouTube channel starting June 8th for one week. This initiative is part of the Port Perspective program, which allows artists to respond to the built environment, local areas, history and context of the city’s port.
Port City actors extend their engagement against the socio-economic effects of Covid 19
As we have shown in previous newsletters and interviews, port city actors are particularly active against the Covid 19. In Europe, the ports of Málaga (Spain), and Antwerp (Belgium), have just announced further fiscal and economic measures to protect port companies. In the case of Spain, it builds on the national program defined by Puertos del Estado, while in the Belgian case, the port, the chamber of commerce and the entity responsible for concessions have agreed an extension of the period to pay the concession fees. From a social perspective, the port of San Antonio (Chile), just concluded the 11th sanitation of the local hospital, while in Dakar (Senegal), the port through its foundation delivered more than 50 000 masks to the municipality and Minister of woman, family and gender.
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.