La Réunion: towards an ecocity on a tropical island
This project is vital for the economy of Reunion Island. It involves the three most important districts of the Communauté d’Agglomération Territoire Côte Ouest (West Coast Territories Community), including that of Le Port and its port-city project. The ecocity is planned to provide 35,000 dwellings by 2045, reinforcing the area’s attractions, acting as a driver for economic development and job creation, promoting diversity and contributing to the emergence of a resilient, energy efficient city.
Full article : Région Réunion
Palma: Ports de Balears is to launch a competition for ideas to redevelop the Mollet area and open it to the public
Full article : Ports de Balears
Saint-John: plans announced for 1500 housing units, offices and shops on the 7.3 hectare Long Wharf site
Full article : CBC
San Francisco: work starts on Pier 70
The project was finally approved last November. The 11.3 hectare site will be redeveloped in 3 phases over the next 15 to 20 years. Between 1100 and 2150 housing units will be built, 30% of which will be permanently affordable. The plan also includes cultural spaces and shops, while there will be facilities for light industry in three historic buildings. Finally, 3.6 hectares of parks and public spaces will be created, mainly along the shoreline. Allowance will be made for rising sea levels.
Full article : ABC7news
Valencia explains its approach to port-city relations to the Basque Region, especially the role played by the Port-City Integration Committee
Full article : Naucher
Sydney: at the heart of the port, the Warships Pavilion of the National Maritime Museum has been built using shipbuilding techniques
Full article : Cyberarchi
Sydney: Campbell’s Cove, a historic sector of the waterfront, redeveloped as a promenade by Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW)
The project forms part of a more general modernisation of Circular Quay West with a budget of 73M$AUS. JPW is planning for 4 sectors, each with its own identity and function. Particular care will be taken over reintegrating heritage structures on the site, including 19th century warehouses which have already been redeveloped. The project was reviewed after a public consultation organised in 2017.
Full article : Architecture Australia
Yokohama: a cable-car is to be installed above the waterfront for the 2020 Olympics. It will serve Minato Mirai 21
Full article : Japan Times
The Port hosts the 6th edition of the Photo Program in collaboration with the Arts Council for Long Beach
Full article: Port of Long Beach
Lorient: the Port Festival (Ports en fête) fulfilled all its objectives
Full article: Le Telegramme
Contship’s PortoLab agenda ready for September 2018-2019
Sustainability is the focus for this year’s edition of the annual initiative, which gives children in various Italian port cities the opportunity to discover the world of the port and maritime activity. Through an account relating the story of an object – in this case, a printer – the children learn about the different sustainable development issues to do with transport and the logistics chain, along with the sometimes difficult choices to be made in order to act responsibly for our environment and for the planet. Since the Contship agenda was created in 2006, over 130,000 copies have been distributed with the support of various Port Authorities and public and private sector organisations.
“Propelling Montreal”: the Port Authority welcomes the City’s Action Plan which aims to enhance the international attractiveness of Montreal and position companies at the heart of the global exporting chains
Full article: Port of Montreal
Creation of an Italian national foundation (SILP) for future port-logistics training
The new body aims to provide a forum for contact between public institutions and private enterprise, in order to tackle the phenomena and processes driving changes in the port workplace. Automation, digitisation, the internet of things, and the rise of mega-ships all represent challenges that need to be faced quickly, in terms of jobs and the new skills needed. Genoa was chosen as the site for the Foundation by its creators: Isfort, employment agency Randstad, and the RINA Group.
Full article: Ship2shore
California: tighter legislation on emissions boost research and development in green technologies
Full article: Port Strategy
The OECD’s International Transport Forum (ITF) publishes a new report entitled: Decarbonising Maritime Transport: The Case of Sweden
Full article: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Oslo to use drones to find waste in the docks
Full article: Next City
Upstream transport corridor inefficiencies and the implications for port performance: a case analysis of Mombasa port
Source : Maritime Policy & Management, Vol 40, pp 558-573, Nov. 2013
Cruise ships in Italy, an industry with a future which urgently needs organizing
The port-city of Leghorn, an active member of AIVP, hosted the third “Italian Cruise Day” on 25 October. A study carried out by the consultant “Risposte Turismo”, entitled “Italian Cruise Watch 2013”, was presented and debated at the meeting. The study shows that the world cruise ship industry continues to grow, despite the crisis, and forms the principal challenge for Italian port-cities, which are among the most sought-after destinations in the world.
Today, forty-four Italian ports are involved in cruise ship traffic. In 2012 however, 50% of this traffic of more than 10 million passengers was captured by just three ports – Civitavecchia, Venice and Naples. If the group is extended to the top 10 ports, they take 90% of the total traffic. Like the world market as a whole, the Italian market offers significant growth potential in this sector, but thanks to a lack of coordinated investment, appropriate legislation and effective environmental measures, the number of cruise ship passengers could fall as from 2014. Since the Costa Concordia affair, sustainable development and safety are essential factors for the cruise ship industry, which continues to invest heavily (4 billion euros) in environmental performance, especially ships.
All the same, according to the vice-president of Assoporti, Franco Mariani, and the president of the Port of Leghorn, Giuliano Gallanti, the cruise ship sector cannot depend on exponential growth indefinitely. The business, although it continues to develop, is entering a more uncertain phase in which it will have to find new methodological tools for observation and analysis. Leghorn is finding it difficult to keeping certain cruise lines which are being “diverted” to neighbouring ports such as La Spezia. Other Mediterranean ports are having to find solutions to the trend for ever larger ships, which is not limited to the bulk cargo and container sectors. The Venice Terminal is paying the price already. The maximum size for vessels permitted to use the Giudecca canal has just been set at 96,000 DWT with effect from the end of 2014. “We can no longer respond indefinitely to increasing vessel size, or submit to the pressure of global operators – we have to play on our solidarity”, stresses Giuliano Gallanti. Industry players agree in condemning irresponsible competition between ports, which brings no development benefits either to the ports themselves or to the territories which they serve. A forum for reflection on the future and the organisation of the industry, involving all the players concerned including local organisations, is urgently needed to discuss the equilibrium of investment commitments, services offered, environmental strategies, territorial marketing and the development of new excursions and trips.
This meeting at Leghorn proved highly successful, with more than 300 people registered and several speakers from the cruise ship industry, including the secretary general of CLIA Europe Europe (Cruise Line International Association), Robert Ashdown.
The next Italian Cruise Day will be held in Naples in 2014.
Italian Cruise Day 2013 press release
Paris (AIVP member): river transport and electric cargo tricycles for more sustainable urban logistics
Source : Actu Environnement (+ video 3:45)
Leghorn (AIVP member): the new cruise ship terminal is ready to receive ships longer than 300m
Source: Informazioni Marittime
The City and Port of Barcelona (AIVP members) officially launch a maritime cluster involving more than 35 organisations
Source: Port de Barcelone
France wants to make Marseilles port and city the Mediterranean gateway to Europe
The State will invest 3.5 Billion € in a double thrust – port and city – supporting the urban redevelopment for which commitments have already been made and ensuring the future of a bi-annual international event; and strengthening the port’s competitiveness by improving access routes and industrial growth. Creation of 20,000 jobs expected by 2020.
Source : Econostrum
Triple energy challenge for sustainable ports: supply security, reducing consumption and green production.
Source : Seaports Magazine, pp 26-27
The “Seine Nord Europe” Canal could receive 40% financing from the EU. This commitment will get the project moving again.
Source : WK Transport Logistique
Kagoshima (Japan): the world’s largest solar power plant (70 MW) is opened in the port zone
Located on land reclaimed from the sea, this plant places the port-city of Kagoshima at the heart of the country’s energy transition. A public information stand explains the issues involved. The only question is whether this type of installation will start to compete with port terminals for space. (© photo Kyocera)
Source : Kyocera