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
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How can ports halve emissions by 2030? Hint: cooperation is crucial
The North Sea Port and the Port of Antwerp have launched new projects to drastically reduce the emissions. The project Antwerp@C led by the port of Antwerp brings together leaders of the chemical and energy industries to find viable solutions to reduce emissions in the port, by capturing and utilising or storing CO2. The project started in late 2019, and next step is looking for EU subsidies. In the North Sea Port, a cross border consortium led by Smart Delta Resources, with the support of several companies and the port authority is taking steps to drastically reduce the emissions in the port city region. The goal is to capture CO2 and reuse or store it underground. These methods would reduce this kind of emissions by 30%. The current stage is a feasibility study to be completed until the end of the year.
Drive in cultural events in the Port of Quebec. Starting on June 19, the Beauport Bay will host a series of shows by local artists that citizens can enjoy from their car, adapting to the physical distance measures.
The port of Rotterdam Community fund announced new donations for projects aimed at consequences of the Covid-19.
Two new calls from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund concerning ports and maritime planning. The first one concerns the creation of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic, while the second is for Maritime Spatial Planning Projects. The deadline is September 10th.
Innovative or traditional, all approaches are welcome for sustainable port cities
Port cities around the globe are developing different projects to reduce the negative externalities of port activities. In Spain, the port of Valencia just received the government approval to build an electric substation with a capacity of 30 Megawatts, giving a first step towards its goal of becoming a carbon-free until 2030. Also in Spain, the port of Barcelona has launched a free sustainability consultancy service for its end costumers, helping them know the emissions of logistic chains and facilitate the decision making towards greener transportation. Other promising field of study is blue carbon, or the process by which marine plants capture carbon and transfer it into sediments. The port of Seattle (USA) will collaborate with Washington State departments to study the benefits of this procedure. Finally, another way to reduce the polluting emissions is to avoid them at all, supporting carbon-free transport, such as wit, like the port of Le Havre is doing in the project TOWT – Transport à la Voile.
Port Cities of San Antonio and Valparaíso show their commitment with local community
Both leading Chilean ports have deployed several key actions in recent weeks to support workers, children and small business owners. As we saw in previous newsletters, drawing contests have been a popular measure to entertain children and keep the contact with the port. Almost 600 children participated in the competition organized by the port of Valparaíso with the local art museum. In a similar way, the port of San Antonio is inviting children aged 6-13 to participate in their competition “draw your port from home”, co-organized with the local newspaper. From a social perspective, both ports have extended their support during this crisis. They have continued with sanitation actions and helped port workers with food packages and vaccination campaigns. Additionally, the port of San Antonio also decided to significantly reduce the rent for local craftsmen with shops in the waterfront.
9th edition of the port research award launched in Tarragona (Spain). This prize is opened for researchers in social sciences that have done investigation in port history.
Port of Talcahuano reinforces its commitment with gender equality. The port will be the first public company of Chile to ratify the national NCh 3262 Gender Balance, Reconciliation of Work, Family and Personal Life.
River transport: an alternative for eco-mobility. General manager of French Waterways (VNF) defends a modernization of the waterways to meet the challenges of sustainable logistics, since 1 barge in the Seine river could equal to 400 trucks in the periphery.
Cleaning program for the Oslo ‘s Fjord shows positive results. The continued monitoring shows that the water and soil is cleaner, and new fauna is establishing itself in the seabed. This is the result of a coordinated work between port, city and other urban agencies.
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.