Urban Port

22 October 2018

New York: Brooklyn Navy Yard to become a hub for the new economy

A new 30-year masterplan has been revealed for the 121 hectares of Brooklyn Navy Yard. Conceived by WXY, it includes new public spaces and three buildings to house businesses, especially hi-tech, ship-building or fashion companies, and architects’ or cinema studios. Innovation will also be at the heart of the design of the buildings themselves, with vertical integration in the same building of all a manufacturer’s needs and functions. Farm production will be developed on a roof terrace. 8,500 people are presently working on the site. It is hoped to create 20,000 jobs by 2020 and 30,000 between 2030 and 2040.

Full article : Dezeen (+ images) ; Curbed

22 October 2018

Guangzhou: a cargo berth has become a cruise ship quay. A new passenger terminal has been announced for October 2019

Full article : Cruise Industry News

22 October 2018

Melbourne: a 1948 crane is being restored on the heritage listed Northbank Goods Shed

Full article : Docklands news

22 October 2018

Cadiz: the Port envisages the construction of a hotel with more than 250 rooms on the site of the Ciudad del Mar building, which is to be demolished

Full article : Lavanguardia

17 October 2018

Palma: the winner is announced in the competition for ideas for the redevelopment of the Mollet zone

Port de Balears has awarded first prize to a project by the architects Rabassa y Forteza. The new marine promenade will become an axis to separate vehicles from pedestrians, who will once again have a view over the sea. An existing building may be demolished to combine the site with a planned maritime museum. The arcades at the fishing quay will be integrated into the new building, making a connection with the old ship-building yards.

Full article : Passio per la mar ; Diario de Mallorca

17 October 2018

San Francisco, Pier 70: Gensler has turned a former machine shop for destroyers and submarines into offices

Full article : Dezeen (+ images)

17 October 2018

Lemvig (Denmark): designed by 3XN, the Climatorium will host conferences and exhibits on climate change, but also concerts, etc.

Full article : Bustler (+ images)

15 October 2018

Gdynia: ULI’s recommendations for the Fishing Pier

In February, ULI Europe organised a workshop on the Fishing Pier, part of the Sea City project. The initiative covers a 71 hectare site next to the city centre, which is set to house 8,000 residents and 4,000 new jobs. The report sets out the extent of the challenges involved in the Sea City and Fishing Pier plans. The recommendations focus on the need for an inclusive approach involving all of the stakeholders, as well as the importance of transparency and flexibility, connections with the existing city, and innovative funding arrangements. All of these recommendations are regularly highlighted by AIVP in its experiencing sharing initiatives.

Full article : ULI Advisory Workshop Report

15 October 2018

Tongyeong (South Korea): the winner of the contest to convert a shipyard into a cultural and tourist hub has already been selected

Full article : Contest ; Winner


Citizen Port

22 October 2018

BE MY PORT: A new identity to promote the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and make the port part of city life

Together, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire Port, the Union maritime Nantes ports (UMNP), the Nantes – Saint-Nazaire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Pays de Loire Region, the Carene, Nantes Métropole and the Loire-Atlantique département have decided to create promotional resources including a new visual identity. The new identity is designed to inspire inclusiveness and adoption by all potential users.

Full article: Nantes Metropole  + Port de Nantes Saint Nazaire

22 October 2018

Oslo publishes a manual for cruise liner crews, who will in turn be effective channels for communicating for tourists

Full article: Cruise Europe

22 October 2018

London: controversy surrounds air quality impact following the announcement of plans for a new cruise terminal

Full article: The Guardian

17 October 2018

Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes and the CREDDI (economic and law research institute) of the University of the Antilles sign a partnership on research applied to the port economy

Source: Port de la Guadeloupe

17 October 2018

Brest (France) hosts the 11th Sea Tech Week 2018 dedicated to marine bio-resources

Full article: Seatechweek

15 October 2018

Interview with Tiedo Vellinga, professor at the University of Delft, on his roles in academia and business and the tangible interactions between them.

Full article: Dredging Today

10 October 2018

The port of Vigo unveils a new strategic plan open to the port community: “what the port needs”

The plan has been produced to anticipate the needs of the port community and prepare the way for future infrastructural developments at the port. Drafted internally by the Port Authority, the document must now be completed by contributions from all stakeholders in the local community. This collaborative process is not new to Vigo, as its strategic plan for blue growth was based on contributions from 18 external working groups.

Full article: Apvigo

10 October 2018

UK: Arup publishes a new report on ports and air quality

Full article: Ukmajorports

10 October 2018

Santos (Brazil): the port sector is looking for funds for worker qualifications

Full article: Portosenavios


Enterprise-driver Port

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

13 December 2013

Stockholm (AIVP member): ferry passengers generate important economic benefits for the city

Source: Ports of Stockholm

11 December 2013

Californian ports: regulating lorry traffic for access to terminals remains an economic and environmental challenge

Source : Supply Chain Brain

11 December 2013

First steps towards the creation of a bi-national port development agency for Bas Congo

pointenoire_bd_11decembre2013This new management concept, based on the use of corridors or gateways, has been launched by the Sefacil foundation to encourage port and logistics development. The agency could become a force to implement on the ground the new political will shared by the two Congo. (Photo © Port de Pointe Noire)
Source : Fondation Sefacil

10 December 2013

Egypt: 6 river ports to increase goods traffic by river from 0.5% to 10% in 5 years

Source : Port Finance International

10 December 2013

Study on the world port system in 2050: the French Maritime Cluster (CMF) suggests a few hypotheses

cmf_port-du-futur_bd_10dec2013The CMF imagines a structure with exchanges in big regional areas and off-shore ports sited in international waters to handle intercontinental flows. Ports must also become energy producers, manage their regional integration better, and dialogue with cities.
Source : L’Antenne
Report : Services portuaires du futur – Réflexions prospectives / Octobre 2013 (pdf)