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
Port of Seattle develops a virtual Maritime Career awareness program for high school students. The program will educate teenagers about careers in the port and maritime industry.
The fight against Covid-19 continues in Chilean Port Cities
In past newsletters and interviews we have seen the major port cities of Chile, San Antonio and Valparaíso, have been very active against the effects of the Covid-19 in the local communities. Other smaller ports are also playing an important role to protect workers and citizens. In Arica, the port authority installed an isolation unit for workers that may have been infected. In Puerto Ventanas, the port organized a webinar about house hold measures to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus.
Spanish ports against the Covid-19
In Spain, the port of Cartagena has announced an investment of €100k for educational, cultural, sanitary and social projects close to the port environment. Also in Spain, the Port of Barcelona also announced that it will activate the maximum investments to accelerate the post Covid-19 recovery, prioritizing those considering the social, environmental and economic criteria. The Port of Santander has also decided to concede the Embarcadero Palace for solidarity action, from the regional food bank. In Valencia, the Port’s solidarity organization has also increased its actions, responding to the social demands, focusing on food donations. Finally, in the cultural agenda, the Port of Tarragona organized two online events, the “Un mar de peixos” and “Quiz”, including hands and crafts activities and competitions with children, and a quiz to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the port museum in the international days of Museums.
Economy and social support continues in Port Cities
As in previous weeks, we are increasingly seeing new economic support programs for port companies, to protect employees. The Port of Venice announced that it will allow the suspension of the fees for all companies that operate in its territory, besides the terminal operators that were already protected by previous initiatives. In other countries like USA, the port of Corpus Christi has given a subsidy to a non-profit organization to provide micro-loans for small companies in the county. In France, HAROPA (Port Authority of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), has released a port-Covid-19 support program to help companies to re-launch their activities. On another level, the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, is focusing on crew’s mental health. The Port Authority and Deltalinqs is encouraging the support to organizations active in the field. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the situation of seafarers is becoming dramatic due to the delay of crew changes.
“Diversity in Maritime” programme launched by Maritime UK. It will include a new HR guidance for recruiters and a series of webinars for professional development.
Port cities at the forefront of the energy transition
Rotterdam and Antwerp, have announced ambitious projects to develop sustainable fuels in the coming years. In the Dutch port, Shell announced that they will start operating a Hydrogen plan in 2023 in the Maasvlakte 2. The CEO of the port of Rotterdam also indicated their plans to build a public hydrogen network, playing a relevant role connecting producers and users. This plan includes other smaller projects and a new hydrogen pipeline. On the other side of the boarder, the Port of Antwerp announced a consortium of 7 public and private actors to produce sustainable methanol. The construction of the demonstration plant is planned for 2022, and would save more than 8000 tons of CO2 annually, accelerating the transition to becoming a low-carbon circular port.
New EU project to improve the environmental performance of Adriatic Ports
The Susport project lead by the port authority of Trieste (Italy), will finance pilot actions in several Italian and Croatian ports, including other members of our organization such as Venice, Dubrovnik and Rijeka. These actions will focus on noise reduction, air quality, and CO2 emission. The overall budget of the project is €7million, and will have a duration of 34 months. In the case of Trieste and Venice, the investment will be destined to replace the port’s lighting system for LED and acquiring electric vehicles, improving the energy consumption and easing a better port-city interaction. This the 7th environmental project implements by the port of Trieste.
Cultural initiatives in port cities adapting to online content
Responding to the difficult circumstances, many events are being adapted to new platforms. For example, the 2nd edition of the Riga Biennale of Contemporary Art (Latvia) will be transformed into a feature movie, filmed in Andrejsala the former industrial port of Riga. The online platform will provide more content and if the security measures allow it, complement it with visits. In other cases like Genoa (Italy), the port authority has organized online courses about the San Giorgio Palace and the port’s history for students of all ages and interested audience.
Port City actors against the effects of Coronavirus
Port of Saint John (Canada) supports the local emergency food program with a monetary donation and housing the project in the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal. At the same time, in Antofagasta (Chile), the port also offered its facilities to organize the logistic operation to distribute emergency kits for the most vulnerable populations. Another solidarity action took place in the port of Barcelona (Spain), where the dockworkers donated €143k to the regional health system to fight the coronavirus.
A silent victim of the COVID-19 crisis are seafarers trapped at sea. While ships continue sailing, the strict rules dictated by the Coronavirus has difficulted the crew replacement. This has resulted in more than 100 000 seafarers trapped in the own ships while waiting for the change. Fortunately, some ports like the North Tyrrhenian Port Authority (Italy), are finding solutions. In this case, 241 Filipinos were able to disembark in the port of Piombino from the Diadema Cruise ship. In countries like Spain or India, and the European Commission, are finally allowing crew changes, designating them as key workers and facilitating their travel to meeting ports.
As we saw in last week’s interview, the port of Valencia has been quite active to recognize the effort from workers. Their new initiative “contra viento y marea” wants to gather pictures from amateur and professional photographers to continue the tribute to frontline workers. The goal is also to show how society has adapted to the situation and make an exercise of collective memory. The result will be a physical and online exhibition.
New Habitat restoration project approved in Seattle Port. Terminal 117 will provide a park with 762 metres of coastlines for endangered species.
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.