Hobart (Tasmania): what future for the waterfront?
This review of the history of the Hobart waterfront redevelopment recalls how the transformation of the old port gave rise to multiple projects and debates. The same is true of a project proposed this year by Cumulus Studio, including an outdoor swimming-pool, a market and a maritime museum. The most recent project, by landscape architect Michael Haynes, aims to return priority to pedestrians and public spaces.
Rotterdam: a spiraling belvedere above a historic warehouse designed by MAD architects
Full article : Design boom
Kolkata (India): the port is to commission a consultant for the redevelopment of more than 120 hectares, with a logistics hub and tourism complex
Full article : Realty Economic Times
Santander receives an award from the Caminos Foundation for the urban regeneration of the waterfront and its bay
Full article : El Mundo
Corunna: thousands visit an exhibition on 10 European cities which have converted parts of their port zones
These 10 models give an idea of what could be done at Corunna. All these port cities chose to organise international competitions to give their projects coherence through an overall plan. The solutions adopted vary, depending either on the diversity of the new uses introduced, the type of management adopted, the choice to build emblematic buildings (frequently the case), the uses given to water and the old docks, or the priority given to pedestrian promenades. Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite: Amsterdam was the winner.
Full article : La Voz de Galicia (+ images) + the 10 examples
Strasbourg: redevelopment of the rue du port du Rhin for a better bridge between the city and the port
Full article : Strasbourg Port
Adelaide: a historic warehouse will finally be demolished because of its dilapidated state. Others on the same site will be given new uses
Full article : InDaily
Melbourne: public consultation on plans for a new park at North Wharf in the Docklands
Full article : Participate Melbourne
Marseille, Euroméditerranée: temporary site occupancy strategy
Euroméditerranée has launched a call for expressions of interest for nine sites yet to be allocated in the port hinterland zone. The aim is to host economic or cultural activities there for between one and five years. The strategy is also intended to enable current and future residents and users to reclaim the site in redevelopment.
CSR policy: the port of Huelva provides 61,000 euros of funding to 29 non-profit organisations in the cultural, sports, educational and social sectors.
Full article: Diario Huelva
Ukraine: a national plan aims to develop cold ironing in ports to improve quality of life for local residents.
Full article: World Maritime News
Buenos Aires: mural frescos to give new life to the Sand Terminal
Argentina’s flora and fauna have inspired the artists in this programme to recover buildings and sand silos which have been abandoned for years. The programme is part of the current project for F Dock, which will be converted into a riverside promenade. However, the manager responsible for the Port’s project stresses that the idea is for the Sand Terminal’s equipment to be brought back into use as well, as it can play an essential role in construction work around the city.
Full article : La Nacion (+ images)
Kiel: a pollution measurement campaign suggests that cruise ships are not the main cause
Full article: Greenport
The inland port of Goole will become self-sufficient in electricity, thanks to photovoltaic power. Other ABP ports are following the experiment closely.
Full article: Hull Live
Seattle: the five-year port plan (US$348 M) pays special attention to energy and environmental issues and to relationships with the community
Full article: Port Strategy
La “New York Harbour School” has declared his intention to reintroduce oysters in the port to improve water quality
Full article: Market Screener
Alaska starts a training programme to involve citizens from all walks of life in reflection on the potential of the blue economy
Full article: Alaska Journal
Riga: On the city’s initiative, the port will take part in a big public conference on the subject “The port of Riga and the city’s inhabitants”
Full article: Port of Riga
Smart Port: the SOGET TAS Truck Appointment System (“Rendez-Vous transporteurs”) implemented in all the terminals of Le Havre port
Full article : Soget
The ports of Papua-New Guinea are slowly but surely developing cruise-ship activities.
Full article : Asia Cruise News
California ports are struggling to amortize their substantial environmental investments. Decisive political support is needed.
Full article : Journal of Commerce
Seville: for the next 15 years, the old shipyards will be the site of new industrial activities centred on metal construction.
Full article: Diario de Sevilla
“Generalitat de Catalunya”: 95 M€ will be invested in 2014-17 to modernise the port and promote city -port integration.
Full article: Diario del Puerto
Zaanstad (Netherlands): the city/port community aims for energy efficiency
Public and private stakeholders, port and urban actors: they’re all cooperating to create an intelligent, energy-efficient port city. The agenda includes redirectioning traffic flows, smart grids, industrial development, etc. Simulated configurations are being modelled and different scenarios are being imagined.
Liège: a citizen fluvial port and a leading actor in regional mobility
Minutes of the interview with Emile-Louis Bertrand, General Manager of the Port of Liège*.
When, in October 2011 the group Arcelor Mittal announced it was shutting down the hot phase of its steelworks of Liège, the news was a hard blow for whole of Wallonia and for the Port of Liège. From now on, this traditional activity would have to be replaced by other port and logistics functions. The Port of Liège, the third largest European inland port with excellent connections to the great maritime ports of Flanders through a dense network of canals, met the economic challenge. The Trilogiport project (a multimodal platform) can now show its true potential in a job market suffering from a deep structural economic crisis.
Crossed by the Meuse and the Albert canal, the 32 locations of Liège Port Authority – a Wallonian public enterprise – cover a total of 370 ha. Located in the heart of Europe’s “Blue Banana”, the Liège region and the port have a unique logistics potential, which nevertheless remains extremely under-valued. Thanks to its central position in Western Europe, the port is located at the hub of a major motorway and a very dense rail network and waterways that can be used by both pushed river convoys carrying 4,500 tons, and by 2,500-ton river and coastal vessels. The port allows rapid connections to Antwerp, Brussels, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France.
Beyond the raw materials needed by the steelworks, port traffic has become diversified: a wide range of containerised goods, bulk goods, materials from Wallonia’s quarries, wood, etc. The waterway is used for large-scale public infrastructure works like the train station inaugurated in 2009, designed by the Spaniard Santiago Calatrava. The metallic elements, which are the international trademark of this architect, have been shipped to Liège through river and coastal vessels. Although the port’s cargo tonnage (19 Mt in 2012) has dropped due to a decreased steelwork production, its total added value has increased and the port has now found an appropriate economic balance.
At the heart of an urban area of 600,000 residents, the waterway is becoming an ever-more attractive alternative to road transport, where road traffic is very heavy. And this trend is keenly supported by the City of Liège and the Walloon Region, which are equal members of the port’s administrative council, presided by the Mayor of Liège. Institutional relations between the port and the local communities are deeply rooted in local history.
The Trilogiport project is an integral part of Liège’s strategy to make the port city a key multimodal platform and front-line player in the region’s sustainable development. Boasting a direct connection to the Albert canal, modernised in 1997, and now open to 9,000 ton-convoys, the platform is connected to the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Dunkirk. New agreements are being established with these maritime ports. As of late 2015, Trilogiport will have a 15-ha container terminal, a 42-ha logistics platform, 22 ha of port facilities and a logistics-services area. It is important to note that, at present, 95% of the entire port lands managed by the Port of Liège are reserved for economic activities. .
Trilogiport aims to create 2,000 direct jobs. Located on the edge of Liège urban area and in the vicinity of populated districts, Trilogiport has paid special attention to environmental and landscaping aspects: 39 ha located between the platform and the habitable districts will have green spaces, promenades and community gardens.
The port of Liège will contribute to the improvement of regional mobility by routing heavy-duty traffic through the waterway. To complement this strategy, a Gateway project on the Albert canal is being considered. To attain that objective, the mobilisation of local communities and regional authorities will be needed. Local authorities’ policy initiatives and developments regarding the waterway are being closely followed. By promoting projects such as this, the port of Liège, enterprise-driver and citizen port, is earning a place as a leading actor in sustainable and responsible European regional development.
12 February 2014
Olivier Lemaire, AIVP General Manager
*The port of Liège has been an active member of AIVP since 2004.
Mombasa: the maritime community teams up to implement a plan to develop the port and the associated land corridor.
Full article: Ports & Ships
Algeciras: The port’s good 2013 financial results have led to the creation of 624 additional jobs.
Full article: Cadena Suministro
Offshore wind power: By 2020, an additional 300 ships will be needed worldwide. French shipyards are lagging behind.
Full article: L’Usine Nouvelle