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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A maritime museum for Melbourne?
The importance of Melbourne’s maritime heritage and its major cultural and economic role are little know. To address this, the City of Melbourne is planning to launch a feasibility study for a possible new maritime museum, notably assessing the long-term financial viability of such a site. The museum could be based at the Docklands, in the same building that houses the “Mission to Seafarers Victoria”. The main stakeholders from the local community would be invited to take part in the project.
New initiative in the port of Antwerp focused on having a cleaner living environment will have weekly challenges leading to the World Cleanup Day
New campaign calls for responsible water consumption in the ports of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
Support to local families affected by the Covid-19 continues in Valparaiso (Chile)
➜ Puerto Valparaíso Press release (PDF)
The energy transition is accelerating in port cities
Changing to green energy sources is one of the key challenges for port cities. The port authority of Rotterdam (the Netherlands) has a program to install solar panels in its own buildings and encourage port companies to do the same by providing expertise. Port and city are also working together with innovative partners like Sunrock. In other port cities, one of the main approaches to implement the energy transition is providing green electricity to ships, as it will happen in short in Lisbon (Portugal) via shore-to-ship solutions, and in Genoa and Savona (Italy) with the electrification of quays. However, the energy transition requires cooperation, as it is visible in Norway, where the seven ports of the Oslo fjord will receive financing for several projects, including shore power for ships. Another crucial aspect of the energy transition is finding alternative energy sources, as it is visible in Le Havre (France), where port and city are investing to become low carbon after the closure of its coal plant in 2021.
Spanish port cities are investing in human capital
Spanish ports are increasingly investing in new programs to innovate in the port city community. On a national scale, the Ports 4.0 fund from Puertos del Estado is already open for applications including projects and ideas, with a budget of 12 million €. The port of Bilbao has already identified 40 potential projects to apply to the national fund and to be integrated in the new Bilbao Port Lab. Other Spanish ports are also developing or expanding their innovation labs. In the case of Sevilla (PDF), the port and the university signed an agreement to increase the facilities of their innovation centre to include an industrial area for prototyping and a start-up incubator. Other example is Valencia, where the port is creating with other partners the #SuperLabPorts, to focus on climate change. The port of Valencia also launched recently a program for dual vocational training in ports, in cooperation with the regional government. Other ports in Spain, such as Barcelona, have similar programs to support the growth of companies and students.
Protecting, disclosing and working with biodiversity in port cities
There are many possible actions to help preserve the local biodiversity. In the case of Ceuta (Spain), the port authority has launched a falconry service to ensure the safety of the air operations in the heliport and in the dock España, in an environmentally friendly way. A different approach is the ECHO program from the Port of Vancouver (Canada), to reduce the underwater noise affecting killer whales. The 6th edition of the program started on July and will continue until October. Equally important is to disclose the port city biodiversity. For that purpose, the port authority of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris (HAROPA) has supported the publication of “Biodiversité en Seine”, an illustrate notebook containing drawings from Claire Motz of the flora and fauna in this French river. Biodiversity is also a major concern in large infrastructural constructions as it is visible in San Antonio, Chile. There, the port authority will transport rocks to the breakwater of the dock Policarpo Toro with special environmental measures to diminish the potential impact of the operation.
Port of Saint John (Canada) supports supporting the local Art Centre
The Port Authority of Saint John will sponsor a signature gallery in the Saint John Arts Centre for the next six years. The partnership also includes a biennial artist residency where a professional artist will be selected to create original works over a period of 10 months. The residency will include an exhibition in the Port Saint John gallery in September of 2021, 2023, and 2025, focusing on the Port themes. Artists can already apply for the first period of residency.
“Senegal Zero Waste”: Port of Dakar and Ministry of Urbanism working together
The Foundation of the Port of Dakar and the Ministry signed a new agreement to intensify the collaboration and accelerate actions for urban hygiene and reduce waste. The overall goal is developing a solid waste management plan to: enhance the maintenance of public spaces and improving the living environment for the population in the port and its surroundings. The Foundation of the port is committed to: setting daily cleaning system, preparing up a green team and raising awareness among port actors to the waste sorting system among others. The Ministry will provide expertise and studies to help the port reach its goals.
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.
➜ 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.