Solutions for turning disuses grain silos into attractive hub
Built between 1906 and 1925, the vast riverside complex of grain silos in Buffalo City (USA) comprises a dozen buildings. Having come to symbolise economic crises and failures for the previous generation, the iconic structures that cement the city and landscape have been targeted by a new generation of artists in search of inspiration. The silos will be turned into apartments, and facilities for the arts community as well: housing, studios, gallery, etc. The silos are a distinctive symbol of Buffalo’s port identity, and the architects will preserve their exterior appearance whilst redeveloping the interiors. The project is part of a wider programme dubbed “Silo City”, one of whose main aims is to make Buffalo a creative city.
The port of Huelva enhances its port heritage for citizens
The Spanish port of Huelva’s plan for the “Muelle de Levante”, which aims to reconnect the port witgh the city, will be debated at the next municipal council meeting. In an area where port activity is on the decline, along a 1 kilometre stretch of the river, is close to the old town. It could host public spaces and recreational areas, as well as a marina and cruise terminal. The fences separating the various port activities will be removed, and the new buildings will need to be integrated with the quay’s historic and industrial features (cranes, warehouses) in a seamless and aesthetically pleasing way. The public will once again be able to access the water and enjoy views of the port.
The revival of the former Tour & Taxis passenger terminal in Brussels (Belgium) is beginning to take shape, with its heritage aspects set to be showcased.
A decade on from the redevelopment of the former port of Rio (Brazil), “Porto Maravilha” has failed to keep its promises for social housing
The Mayor of Hamburg unveils plans for a new district in Hafen City
“Grasbrook” will provide homes for 6,000 residents and create over 16,000 jobs. Located in the port activity zone, the new district has been intentionally designed as a mixed-use zone, with housing, schools, offices and retail spaces. The 46 hectare site will be split into three sectors. One of them, the Hafentorquartier, will act as a transition zone for the port activities present and will accommodate research and development activities and start-ups. The new housing will be required to meet the environmental standards already applied in the East zone of HafenCity, such as the use of solar energy and e-mobility solutions. Attractive green and public spaces will also be created along the waterfront.
Urban planning: tackling flood risks from the design stage
Hull is the second most at-risk city in the UK when it comes to flooding. A competition was launched to find ways of countering the risk in the planned redevelopment of Humber Quays West. The winning project, dubbed “Harper Perry”, proposes solutions to absorb and hold floor waters, before allowing them to drain off slowly via the promenades, amphitheatre-shaped public spaces, and parks. The competition site also shows the solutions suggested by the other candidates.
The first luxury apartments created in Liverpool’s famous Tobacco Warehouse (UK) have been delivered, offering a new lease of life for the historic building
Port of Valparaíso hosts a painting competition for children called “Brush Strokes for the Port”. The event took place in the Baburizza Museum and the winning paintings will be incorporated in the aerodynamic spoiler developed by the company Venti
Full article: Portal Portuario
The Sea Grant mechanism of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $16 million to 42 research projects focused on sustainable aquaculture
Full article: Government Europa
Chilean ports contribute to the quality of local life by collaborating in the maintenance of public spaces
Ports of Chile show their commitment with the local population with cleaning campaigns of beaches and coastal areas. The Captaincy and Port of Talcahuano lead a program with the help of 600 volunteers that removed more than 1,5 tons of waste. The port of San Antonio removed almost 8 tons of waste in September in several urban areas close to the port. The terminal operator DP World has led another cleaning program with the help of students in the beach of Lirquén.
Port of Brisbane restates its commitment with sustainable development in the sustainability report of 2018/2019. One the main goals is to reduce 24% of the emissions by 2024/2025
Full article: Port of Brisbane
Ports de la Generalitat, the regional organizations gathering the small ports of Catalonia, launches a new initiative called “Porta’m” to reduce use of plastic bottles at sea, providing the users with reusable alternatives
Full article: El Vigía
New initiative to protect orcas in Seattle ports
Northwest Seaport Alliance (Seattle and Tacoma) partner up with other organizations to develop a program to protect endangered orca population in the Salish Sea. The main goal is to mitigate the effect of ship noise.
Full article: Port of Seattle
The Maritime Heritage Institute of South Africa hosted the Inaugural Maritime Heritage Conference in the Vaal University of Technology, in Vanderbijlpark. The three days event focused on a broader understanding of maritime heritage and its role in sustainable economic development.
Port of Mallorca installs 25 air quality monitoring stations as part of the SmartSensPORT project in collaboration with the University of the Balearic Islands.
Full article: Mallorca Diario
The “No plàstic” campaign by the port community of Valencia achieves great success in just a few months
The port community of Valencia, including Aportem, the port’s solidarity organization, launched last June the “No Plastic” initiative to reduce the use of plastics in port companies. The focus is mainly on single-use products, recycling systems and environmental education. The main goal was eliminating from the port sector companies one million plastic bottles and other items of this material. First results have inspired the participating companies to a more ambitious goal: to become 100% plastic free
Full article: Aportem
Port of St. Petersburg hosts a water tour for the children from port employees
Full article: Port News
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).
Multimodality is key to port-city performance
Fierce competition between port territories has always come down to onshore mobility issues. As a result, rail and river links are strategically important, since they are the only ways to transport goods to and from the port whilst respecting the public’s environmental concerns. The future European Transport Commissioner has made the issue a central policy plank, while there is also visible investment on the ground. Kiel (Germany) is developing the capacity to support 740 metre-long trains, while Long Beach (USA) is committed to expanding its main rail infrastructures. In Canada, the ports of Quebec and Halifax are making rail links to the centre of the country and the American Midwest a key component of efforts to develop container activity. In many cases, the choice for ports is a multimodal future, or no future at all.
In-situ trials begin on an autonomous container barge in Belgium, to enhance the economic and social attractiveness of the river.
Offshore wind in ports also means training: the Port of Blyth (UK) has created a wind turbine training facility.
The new port of Trellenborg (Sweden) will generate 50% of its energy needs from wind and solar power.
Offshore wind: port cities are not resting on their laurels!
For the International Energy Agency, investments in offshore wind are set to reach 900 billion euros by 2040, with a 15-fold increase in generation capacity by 15. While Europe is leading the way, port cities all over the world are taking a proactive approach to the issue, including in the United States, despite the Trump administration’s reluctance. Not a week goes by without some major project or initiative being announced, at varying stages of advancement from one country to the next, or even from one port to the next, depending on the extent to which the industry has developed locally. Examples announced in recent days include the creation of logistics hubs in Connecticut (USA) and France, prototype installations in Spain, and energy conversion strategies in Japan