Urban Port

19 September 2018

Bellingham (WA, United States): the port and city in partnership to develop a heritage trail

The aim is to showcase historic heritage across the 237 acres of the Waterfront District. The Heritage Trail Concept Plan is the brainchild of firms Walker Macy and Aldrichpears Associates, whose recommendations are based on a detailed inventory of uses, heritage value and historical context of the different buildings and elements of interest at the site.

Full article : Waterfront District Redevelopment ; Heritage Trail Concept Plan

17 September 2018

The future of city-port relations in the Canaries

The President of Puertos del Estado, Ornella Chacón, recently met the Mayors of Arrecife and Santa Cruz de La Palma, and representatives from the port authorities. In both cases, she highlighted the need to develop port capacities, but also underlined the importance of permanent dialogue to identify which port spaces could become port-city areas, and foster harmonious city/port relations.

Full article : Diario de Lanzarote ; El Dia

17 September 2018

Dunedin (New Zealand): Regional funding and a MoU with project partners to redevelop the waterfront

Full article : Stuff (+ project video)

17 September 2018

Rio de Janeiro: a public-private partnership could save Porto Maravilha and restart the suspended work to redevelop the former port district

Full article : Porto e Navios1 ; Porto e Navios2

12 September 2018

Bremen: Uberseeinsel in 2040? Interview

The Uberseeinsel project will be developed at the site of the former Kellogg’s plant and its silo. The peninsula is at the heart of the Uberseestadt project, the masterplan for which is set to be adjusted. Several international architects have been approached, some for their knowledge of urban ports. Klaus Meier believes the priority is to create a living district, free from traffic and full of children.

Full article : Uberseeinsel ; Interview

12 September 2018

San Francisco: the Crane Cove Park development could finally get under way this summer, with the Port set to retain its historic sites

Full article : The Potreroview

12 September 2018

Auckland: the City buys Onehunga Wharf from the port for a 30 year development project

Full article : Panaku Development

10 September 2018

Toronto: Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs reach agreement on the proposed smart redevelopment of Quayside

The agreement defines the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder, with Waterfront Toronto set to oversee the regeneration, while Sidewalk Labs (a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company) will provide expertise in digital technology and innovative urban solutions. By September 2019, a Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) should be in place for Quayside, a site in the eastern waterfront district. Combining offices, retail spaces and housing, the project is being touted as a future model for the smart connected city, with its multi-purpose buildings, smart sensors, etc., although there are concerns about how the data collected will be used.

Full article : Archdaily (+ images) ; Negocios ; Waterfront Toronto ; SidewalkToronto ; CityMetric ; Villes du futur



Citizen Port

19 September 2018

A Norwegian fund to tackle the challenge of preserving our oceans

The fund, one of the largest of its kind in the world, invests Norway’s oil and gas revenues in over 9,000 companies in 72 countries. As a global investor, the fund’s aims overlap significantly with the United Nations 2030 goals for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

Full article: The Meditelegraphe Reuters

19 September 2018

The Port of Cadiz opens up to the city by creating a cycle path and demolishing some fences

Full article: Lavozdigital

19 September 2018

What if music could strengthen ties between cities, ports and citizens? The Port of Valparaiso launches a singing competition with the University INACAP and the Culture and Arts Centre Renaca

Full article: Mundo Marittimo

19 September 2018

Port of Long Beach: 20 million dollars transferred to the municipal fund to improve waterfront quality of life for residents

Full article: Port of Long Beach

17 September 2018

The Port of Valparaiso publishes its 5th report on sustainable commitments for the environment, social ties and economic development

Full article: Mundo Maritimo

17 September 2018

Overview of the growing cruise market with a summary note produced by ISEMAR, the Nantes Saint Nazaire higher institute for maritime economics

Full article: ISEMAR

17 September 2018

The Little Museum of Dublin and the Port of Dublin announce a new short feature competition on the theme “port, city and river”

Full article: Creenireland

12 September 2018

Italy: Assoporti this summer signed a MOU with the National Tourist Board (ENIT)

The MOU will see the two partners work together to promote and develop tourism, and in particular to establish more sustainable city-port relations. A newly created working group will identify areas of mutual interest and define actions to be developed. The Chairman of Assoporti, Zeno D’Agostino, is delighted with the collaboration and highlights the commitment of Italy’s ports to working more and more closely with the different local stakeholders, and notably in conjunction with the tourist and cruise industries. Full article: Assoporti + Meditelegraphe

12 September 2018

India plans to develop its local cruise market and is targeting 5 million passengers by 2020

Full article: Cruise Industry

12 September 2018

HAROPA joins the non-profit organisation Bruitparif aimed at finding solutions to control, manage and reduce noise and ensure a better living environment for local residents

Full article: Haropa + Bruitparif


Enterprise-driver Port

20 December 2013

Does the development of the North-American cities on the Great Lakes depend on their ports?

The region concentrates strong economic activity, estimated at US$ 4,400 billion. An increase in water-borne traffic, both of passengers and goods, would bring new levels of growth. The Baltic or the Mediterranean could be taken as examples.
Source : Huffington Post

18 December 2013

Cruising: lifting the US embargo on Cuba could translate into 1,000 passenger ship calls a year and one million passengers.

Source : Global Ports

18 December 2013

As the port of Vancouver is surrounded by the city, the smaller ports of Nanaimo and Port Alberni would allow more sustainable logistics services

Source : Canadian Transportation & Logistics

18 December 2013

CLYMA: EU approves the TENT-T project for Mediterranean Corridors

The partners will develop an efficient management model for the Madrid-Lyons connection. The 8 lines of work include research for tools to achieve better coordination between authorities and private operators, and engagement with society to explain the challenges of the project to the general public.
Source: Port of Barcelona


18 December 2013

Rotterdam: the population is directly involved in a wind-park project along the “New Waterway” canal

The park will supply 30,000 homes. Landscaping of the park will be optimised, but the public and private companies promoting the project are also looking for the advantages and disadvantages to be shared fairly among the local population. They could then start to invest in the project with a financial yield of 5%.
Source : Rotterdam Climate Initiative

18 December 2013

Vera Cruz wants a port which is less industrial and commercial, and more of a tourist attraction, with a protected environment.

Source : Comunidad Portuaria

17 December 2013

Interview with Pasqualino Monti, President of Assoporti and the Port of Civitavecchia


Pasqualino Monti ©Port of Civitavecchia

Today Italian ports are facing major challenges in organising cargo flows and investment in port infrastructure. With 25 port authorities and competitive situations which sometimes reach serious levels, the Port of Civitavecchia nevertheless benefits from a privileged position among Italian ports.

Its proximity to the capital and its deep-water port enable it both to develop major logistics activities and to bet on the growth of cruise ship calls with more than 2.3 million passengers in 2012, making Civitavecchia the number one cruise port in Italy. As a new AIVP member , Port President Pasqualino Monti here offers us some reflections and comments:

AIVP : Pasqualino Monti, you have been working for the Port of Civitavecchia since a long time. In 2011 you have been nominated president of the Port Authority and despite your young age, in September 2013 you took the lead of Assoporti, the Italian Ports Association. Could you briefly explain your educational and professional background and your commitment towards the Italian ports?

Pasqualino Monti: I was born in Ischia in 1974, and I am a graduate in Economics and Statistics with a major in Statistical Economics from Università degli studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. Later on, I obtained a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance -ASFOR accredited- at CUOA Foundation in Altavilla Vicentina. From January to April 2005 I was Financial Director in charge of the Accounting and Balances Office, as well as the Financial Office of the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta.
In April 2005 I was promoted to the position of Administrative Director of the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta. In 2011 I was put in charge of the Port of Civitavecchia, and in 2012 my colleagues from the other Port Authorities elected me President of Assoporti.

AIVP : The Italian ports are very much concerned by a close port city relationship, because of the geographic configuration of the Italian coast. Do you think this characteristic is a disadvantage or an asset for the Mediterranean ports? How would you describe the port city governance in Civitavecchia?

Pasqualino Monti: The port of Civitavecchia is a one-of-a-kind commercial port. Nowadays, to be competitive it is essential to have certain characteristics that will give you an advantage over other ports in all markets, both national and international. The requirement for sufficient draft is one of the most difficult conditions that a port must meet, due to the objective conditions of most Italian ports and the well-known difficulties involved in dredging activities.
A rocky sea-bottom is something you either have, or you don’t. And Civitavecchia has a maximum draft of over 20 meters. And we also have – just at this port – over 5 million square meters of land available for port-related activities and logistics. These characteristics will transform Rome’s port into a privileged commercial hub, provided we are worthy of the challenge: which means building today the necessary infrastructure for tomorrow´s trade, and finding the right counterparts, capable of attracting and managing the trade flows from the Far East.


AIVP : Awareness for the importance of port activities and their economic impact on the territory is very often inexistent among citizens. Do you think it is vital to enhance the port culture and develop a more constructive relationship with the citizens in order to maintain a productive and sustainable port system?

Pasqualino Monti: During these years as President of the Port Authority of the Ports of Rome and the Lazio region, and also now as President of the association that represents all the Italian ports, I have always made it a point to explain to people – and not just those involved in port activities- that Italian ports are the backbone of our economy, both present and future. This is not a self-referential statement, it is an objective fact.
Suffice it to say that 4.5 trillion dollars worth of goods are shipped by sea every year. That is 8.4 billion tons of cargo that are loaded and unloaded in ports, and this drives the economy of countries all over the world.
There are more than 100,000 ships in commercial service, which carry over 80% of world trade.
The economies of all emerging nations plan their development as a function of their closeness to a hub port capable of meeting the requirements – both technical and commercial- of the major operators and of the markets served by these ports.
This development is proceeding paying particular attention to environmental and sustainability issues. It is for these reasons that, at the new Sant’ Egidio inner harbor in the port of Civitavecchia, two docks will be built capable of providing electrical power supply to ships at berth, and there will also be modular caissons in the inner harbor. These services will rely on the “Rewec 3” (Resonant Wave Energy Converter) system, which will produce electrical energy from wave motion, by means of turbines. And, finally, there will be permanent monitoring of air quality at Civitavecchia through Arpa stations.

AIVP : This summer the Italian Minister of Infrastructures and Transports Maurizio Lupi visited the port of Civitavecchia. He welcomed the different investments for the development of a logistic hub that will not only impact the hinterland and the region of Rome, but the entire nation. Could you explain the different projects and the way they are implemented in collaboration with the different partners?

Pasqualino Monti: In his visit to the port of Civitavecchia, Minister Lupi saw, with his own eyes, that everything that had been expected and written about the “miracle of Civitavecchia” had become reality.
Indeed, the first dock in the new Traghetti Sant’Egidio inner harbor, which represents an investment of 193 million Euros, was commissioned on the 21st of June, six months ahead of schedule. In Italy, this is truly a miracle.
I am extremely proud of this, but we must not rest on our laurels.
And there is a great future project, which aims to make Civitavecchia – now Italy´s largest cruise ship port – also into a strategic port for large container ships. By 2020, the ports of Rome will have been transformed into one of the most important logistics platforms in Italy, through an investment of approximately 950 million Euros.

AIVP : As president of Assoporti you have the mission of representing and defending the development of the Italian port system. How do you handle local and national interests and how would you illustrate your vision on the ideal port development for the next years?

Pasqualino Monti: Italy’s ports are a great asset for the State, they are not a net expense item. In fact, Italy’s port system is capable of triggering a revolution in terms of logistics, it is capable of driving and reactivating economic growth. But for that to happen, we need timely and effective solutions to optimize the governance of port authorities. Decisions need to be made and investments must be approved for new infrastructure. And, in particular, we need changes to strengthen the ports’ “financial self-determination”.
We need to define solutions to achieve what I like to call “financial self-determination” (which is somewhat different from “financial autonomy”). We need to have at our disposal all possible instruments so we can offer new port services in the short term, and to guarantee maximum efficiency of the ports without generating more costs to the State.
Italian ports generate income for the State – more than 13 billion in taxes including VAT and other duties but, in return, the ports are assigned relatively small sums for maintenance and infrastructure.

AIVP : You decided to join the AIVP in 2013 and we are very happy to welcome the port of Civitavecchia among our members. What are you expecting from the membership and what are the best practices and experiences that you will share with our network during the next world port city conference taking place in Durban, November 2014?

Pasqualino Monti: We are proud to be part of an Association like AIVP, which shows us the important role played by the Port of Civitavecchia in terms of logistics, and as part of the networks of international trade.
We are aware that AIVP´s membership is made up of more than 200 port cities from 50 countries. Naturally, Civitavecchia, the port of Rome and of the capital of Italy, had to join AIVP and it is fitting that it should make a contribution to the world-wide network of port cities.

16 December 2013

The projects for Australian coal ports, apart from being controversial, might not be profitable

Recent Chinese decisions on environmental and renewable energy regulations really do change the situation. China has announced investment worth 82 billion € to start its third industrial revolution, and there may be a significant reduction in its coal need.
Source : The Guardian / We Demain

16 December 2013

New commercial and passenger port at Turkmenbachi: Turkmenistan is positioning itself as the commercial crossroads between Europe and Asia

Source : Hurriyet Daily News

16 December 2013

The future of Porto Maghera is becoming more clearly defined: a logistics centre connected with the new offshore port, green chemicals, and urban real estate.

Source : Il Sole 24 ore