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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Referendum in Key West (USA) to decide the future of cruises
The citizen non-profit organization “Key West Committee for Safer Cleaner Ships” has successfully gathered enough signature to call for a referendum in November’s ballot. The referendum will include three questions:
1 – limit the number of pax disembarking to 1,500/day;
2 – ban ships with more than 1,300 pax;
3 – prioritize cruise lines with the best environmental and health records.
This initiative arrives in a critical moment, when the industry is debating when the activity should restart. At the same time that some companies announce national or regional cruises, for example in Italy or Germany, the control institutions of some countries such as the USA, extend the “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships. AIVP hosted a webinar dedicated to cruises last June, and will retake the debate after the summer period, framed under goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, considering the health and life quality of port city citizens.
More Port Cities are focusing on Biodiversity protection
Two excellent projects focused on preserving or restoring the natural biodiversity: In Rouen (France), the Port Authority HAROPA, has developed between 2017 and 2019 a project to restore the wetlands connected to the Seine river in Sahurs. The new structure and water canal allow the tide to reenter the area and recover the natural environment of the estuary. In 2020 the port authority planted flora improving the integration of the site in the landscape and installed educational panels. In Bahía Blanca (Argentina), the Marine Wildlife Rescue Station has helped more 115 animals from 15 different species, over the past two years, since it was created. This facility is the result of the cooperation of the port authority of Bahía Blanca with several environmental organizations.
EU invests in greener ports
The European Union’s Green Deal wants to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the energy transition is one the main challenges. For that reason, there are increasing efforts to make port greener, backed by EU project financing, particularly to develop a hydrogen-based energy production and to electrify the quays and provide green energy to docked ships. The EU recently presented its Hydrogen Plan with three phases, until 2050, supported by the new European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. Under this continental framework, the RH2INE project has received funding to research the transportation based on hydrogen-powered inland barges, connecting the port of Rotterdam with Rhine region. Further on, three new projects will impulse the electrification of quays in the ports of Valencia, Helsinki and Venice. These projects are both in a study and application phases, being the cruises and ferries as the first ones to benefit from on shore power supply.
New UNESCO manual on quality control of sea level data led by Puertos del Estado
Gender equality and work/life balance in Port Cities
Two AIVP members have shown in the past days their clear commitment for these two crucial issues for goal 5 of the AIVP Agenda 2030 concerning Human Capital. The port of Barcelona (Spain), has launched the new equality plan for 2020-2022. In Montreal (Canada), the port has received a third part recognition from “Concilivi” for its work/life balance policies. The port created in 2019 a conciliation committee that short after launched the Work/Family/Personal Life Charter with specific measures that have also been helpful during the covid-19 pandemic.
New ways to explore the Port City Culture
While the restrictions to social gatherings continue to apply, port city actors are developing new ways to explore the port city culture. Port Saint John in Canada has published online the storybook Port City Champ and prepared a scavenger hunt for families. The participants can enjoy this activity to explore their port city on foot or wheels. In Rotterdam, this year’s edition of the World Port Days festival will finally take place virtually under the title “Port Stories”, with the “Digital Port Day” on September 5th. Other online initiatives are also taking place in Chile, for example in San Antonio, where the port is inviting the local community to share their historical photos, or in Valparaíso where a citizen’s organizations is hosting online events to discuss neighbourhoods’ initiatives and stories.
Protecting port city biodiversity in Le Havre
There is an increasing attention to protect the local biodiversity of port cities. In previous weeks we have seen the examples Trieste, Seville, Montreal and Quebec. A new project this week comes from France. The Port Authority of Le Havre, HAROPA in cooperation with the Seine-Normandy Water Agency has installed a floating pontoon and artificial marine habitats to recover the local flora and fauna. The new installation will also work as nurseries for fish and support wildlife. The project also includes the ecological monitoring for the next two years.
New committee will improve the port-citizen dialogue in Halifax
The Halifax Port Authority in Canada is creating the Port Community Liaison Committee (PCLC) to establish a more fluent dialogue with the local citizens. The new body will have an independent chair and comprise 15 individuals representing a broad mix of port city citizens. One of the advantages of the new committee is that it will highlight the opinion of people with a different background than the usual port user. Interested citizens can contact the port authority, and the President and the Chair will select the first group.
New Port Center in Dunkirk
Last Saturday, 4th of July, the Port Center of Dunkirk (France) opened its doors to public for the 1st time. The process started 2 years ago, with the support of the main partners, the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Port Authority, ACMAPOR association (Association for the creation of a home for port life and traditions) and the Port Museum. The new Port Center is located in the Port Museum and its exhibition is based on 7 topics: the identity the port, ships, goods, men, territory, prospects and opening to the world. The new space with 240 sqm. will be main point for the port-city-citizen relationship.
Port of Dakar (Senegal) extends its support to local hospitals, donating 10 mechanical ventilators.
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.
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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.