Port of Cultures: the city of Marioupol (Ukraine) launches and International competition of Ideas for the multi-functional cultural center that will focus on the local identity.
A new sustainable cruise terminal for Tallinn (Estonia)
Various technical solutions have been studied to achieve the best possible environmental performance for the terminal, taking account of the Nordic climate. They include the use of geothermal and solar energy. Based in the heart of Tallinn’s old port district, the building will also be multi-purpose, capable of hosting conferences, concerts, and other events outside the cruise season. It will also have a children’s play area and a promenade.
Work due to start on the Penang waterfront (Malaysia)
A promenade is set to be created above the sea, allowing residents to see cruise ships, an activity that will also be promoted. New commercial and cultural facilities should be available by 2024, along with a marina. Warehouses considered to be heritage sites will be repurposed.
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Opening up the port: the decision to replace the wall originally planned between the Port and City in Wilmington (USA) with a park has proved to be the right one
A look at the architecture of the Harpa Concert Hall, designed to be an iconic feature of the City Port interface in Reykjavik (Iceland)
Public consultation for early 2020 on plans for a promenade between the port and city centre of Inverness (UK) to showcase local maritime heritage
An innovation campus in the Dublin Docklands (Ireland)
Google set up shop in the district in 2003, and was soon joined by other global giants including Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Irish government will contribute funding to the Technology Campus of Trinity College Dublin. The project represents a new piece of the innovation district developing in the Grand Canal Quay area. The campus will play a unifying role for the local innovation ecosystem, bringing together the major groups already present, along with start-ups, educational and research institutions, etc.
Action plan for a City Port district in Port-Louis (Mauritius)
The action plan concerns a listed heritage district located on the boundary with the active port. The aim is to create synergies between the development projects of the various stakeholders concerned. A number of projects have been planned to regenerate the existing heritage and create new facilities, including cultural amenities. The plan is being sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Land.
The winning project has been named in the competition we reported on earlier to create an environmentally-friendly, recreational and cultural precinct on the Seoul waterfront (South Korea)
Going beyond carbon neutrality? The Stockholm Royal Seaport project (Sweden)
Achieving carbon neutrality – eliminating as much carbon as you emit – is an ambitious goal in itself. But Stockholm is keen to go even further, and wants the former port district of Royal Seaport to be “climate positive” by 2030. New sustainability standards have been set for buildings, waste management and mobility, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists, etc. Despite scepticism from many developers, the political commitment remained strong, and discussions helped to fine-tune the solutions put forward. Ten years on, the early returns are promising. CO2 emissions per capita are down strongly, for example. To go even further, a carbon credits system is set to be introduced, which should also impact developments in neighbouring districts.
New dialogue to set the foundations for the port city interaction plan in Ceuta (Spain)
San Antonio citizens in Chile will continue enjoying free cultural and artistic activities thanks to the renewed support of the port
New public consultation process regarding future development of cruise activities in the port of Dublin (Ireland)
Port of Barcelona (Spain) earns an award from the European Commission recognizing a better environmental behaviour and mostly their Air Quality Improvement Plan.
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Concrete ideas to become sustainable, the example of Porto Antico
Porto Antico has developed several initiatives to make this part of Genoa (Italy) environmentally sustainable. The 1st action was to replace traditional lighting by LED, resulting in 60% energy savings. A new photovoltaic system also provides 10% of the area energy demand and electrifies the docks for mega-yachts, saving CO2 emissions. Other “smart city” solutions are carried out such as detail monitoring of energy and water consumption, or smart silicon glasses. Porto Antico also installed a Seabin device, gathering more than 500 kg per year of plastic waste from the water. Read the article to learn more (in Italian).
Port-City Instawalk: a new way for students to explore the port city
Students in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) take pictures of the city and publish them on Instagram. They show a new perspective of port-city culture and identity. The assignment was part of the curriculum of the Minor in Port Management & Logistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. This innovative approach to study port city, according to Maurice Jansen, responsible for the curriculum, has 3 main advantages:
- It is a good introduction for the students into the port and maritime industry,
- it is a new way to capture the tensions and creativity that emerges in the port-city interface,
- It triggers the curiosity of the students.
To see the results of the instawalks look for the following accounts in Instagram:
European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) will have its permanent headquarter in the Port of Algeciras (Spain)
New public participation process announced for 2020 in the port of San Antonio (Chile) for the megaport project
Port interpretation center created in Palma de Mallorca (Spain): the new cultural facility will explain the history of the port and will be hosted in a refurbished historical building.
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.
The growth of cruise tourism and the decision on whether to host liners is a choice for society, according to the President of the Port of Valencia (Spain).
Environment and climate: how far has the maritime and port sector progressed?
Reducing carbon footprints, developing new energy sources, promoting multimodality, and electrifying installations are all areas in which ports have been taking responsibility for nearly ten years. AIVP provides you with regular updates on the latest developments in these areas, in which there is also a trend towards greater cooperation, with ten Nordic ports recently announcing initiatives to tackle the issues involved. At sea, with one month to go before the new IMO regulations come into force, things appear to be moving more slowly. In a recent report by the Global Maritime Forum, the maritime industry itself expressed concern about its preparedness for the new regulations, decarbonisation and the demands of civil society.
Port territory: planning a shared City Port future
Associated British Ports is arguing in favour of shared governance of the City Port territory, calling on politicians to do more to take account of port master plans in their policies. The scale of the commercial, environmental, technical and social changes requires a concerted approach, bringing together all local communities (City Port). These observations go hand in hand with the Port Futures programme, through which ABP is urging its members to innovate).