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17 January 2018

Shanghai: a masterplan to become an Excellent global city by 2035

An important aspect will be to introduce measures to protect the environment and to limit demographic growth and land designated for construction. There should be a big increase in green spaces. 45 km along the banks of the Huangpu are already available, with proposals for promenades, green spaces and conversion of port-industrial land. The city also aspires to become a world-level metropolis of innovation on the basis of its port sector.

Full article : Shine ; Xinhuanet ; Shanghai Daily

17 January 2018

Vancouver (Canada): dual Leed Platinium certification for the waterfront Congress Centre

Full article : Inhabitat (+ images)

17 January 2018

Lorient (France): redevelopment being examined to combine fishing, sailing, ship repair and tourism on the Keroman peninsula

Full article : Lorien Keroman

17 January 2018

Faro (Portugal): a working group to define future uses of unoccupied port spaces by the end of March

Full article : Algarve Daily News

15 January 2018

Brisbane: Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment under way

The controversial project to redevelop this 3.43 hectare listed site had been shelved for some time. Some 80% of the site will be given over to public spaces, including a riverside promenade that should open by next February. Retail spaces and restaurants will then follow in September, with a hotel scheduled for January 2019. References to the site’s previous activity have been incorporated and two listed building will also be used.

Full article : Architecture Australia (+ images)

15 January 2018

Los Angeles: the AltaSea enters a new era with the opening of the Kretz Blue Economy Incubator at warehouse 58

Full article : Maritime executive (+ video)

15 January 2018

Marseilles, eco-district: 2.7 hectares, 400 homes, a hotel, retail spaces and more, all powered by marine energy

Full article : We Demain (+video)

15 January 2018

Las Palmas: inauguration of Poema del Mar, a pioneering new aquarium at the Muelle de Sanapú

Full article : Poema del Mar ; Canarias 7 ; Video

10 January 2018

Colombo (Sri Lanka): China set to invest 1 billion dollars in the International Financial City

The City has been designed by American architectural firm SOM. Part of the Colombo Port City project, it will be built close to the container port, with work due to begin in mid-2018. The government’s aim is to create a financial marketplace in the Indian Ocean capable of attracting foreign investment and generating thousands of jobs.

Full article : Colombo Page ; South China Morning Post

10 January 2018

Seville: the Port is reallocating uses for its land, with 10 hectares set to be earmarked for city-port integration

Full article : El Correo web

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Citizen Port

17 January 2018

A new museum for the Port and City of Aviles with more than 220 m2 dedicated to port history

Full article: Elcomercio

17 January 2018

Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) requests ports to reduce their emissions as a result of significant air pollution

Full article: Green 4 Sea

17 January 2018

The RP-PSA Experiential Laboratory has been launched in Singapore. It is a high technology simulator in which students will be able to develop their skills

Full article: Port Technology

15 January 2018

The adoption of a strategy to improve air quality now a priority for the Port of London

Full article: Tidal Thames

15 January 2018

With Euros 1.4 million of investment, the port of Antwerp is hoping to bring a halt to congestion caused by heavy goods traffic, aiming to cut the number of journeys by 250,000.

Full article: Constructions Cayola

15 January 2018

The Port of Auckland draws on a recent study to introduce cold ironing facilities for cruise ships and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 31%.

Full article: Cruise Industry

10 January 2018

MTCC- Network: a global network of centres of excellence in marine technology has been official launched at the headquarters of the IMO

The directors of the five cooperation centres have signed a MoA to create the network with centres in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. Their mission is to promote new technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce harmful emissions from ships.

Full article: Maritime Executive + Port Calls

10 January 2018

Events and entertainments for all ages: a guide to the autonomous port of Strasbourg

Full article: Video

10 January 2018

Port fees in Helsinki favour operators who make efforts to reduce their environmental footprint

Full article: Greenport + Port of Helsinki

8 January 2018

Cruise ships are becoming more and more high-tech: five technological trends explained

Full article: Marinelink

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Enterprise-driver Port

4 June 2013

Port of Los Angeles: energy management will give a competitive edge in the future

On 3 June 2013, the port launched its energy action plan. Reliability of supply, optimisation of consumption, lowering costs, reducing environmental impact, etc. – the object is to increase the port’s independence from the regional electricity industry and guarantee service quality under all circumstances. (photo © aivp)
Source : Port of Los Angeles

4 June 2013

Maputo and Transnet reach an agreement on reciprocal use of their facilities to help the rapid economic expansion of southern Africa

Source : www.iol.co.za

4 June 2013

Trade diversity, wind generation industries, the environment – the Port of Nantes Saint Nazaire is trumpeting its ambitions

Source : Le Marin

4 June 2013

The re-launch of French ports must be based on three pillars: logistics, industry and the importance of ports for development

Source : French Government (pdf)

4 June 2013

WORLD SYSTEMS, a new approach to maritime traffic in the development policies of port cities

In the context of research projects into the dynamics of port cities, AIVP would like to draw its active members’ attention to the World Systems project. This project, financed by the European Union to the tune of one and a half million euros, began in March 2013 and will go on for 5 years. The World Systems project is under the scientific responsibility of César Ducruet, CRNS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) researcher and member of AIVP’s network of experts.“The World Seastems project aims to map and to analyze the changing spatial pattern of the world economy across 300 years from a maritime perspective. It will exploit untapped vessel movement data on a world scale since 1734, date of the first publication of Lloyd’s List. Such data offer disaggregated information on weekly inter-port flows with detailed descriptions of vessels as well as their dates of departure and arrival at world’s ports. Despite the vital importance of maritime transport for economic development and international trade, no research has been done on the long-term evolution of the global maritime network. There are three main goals of the project.
First, it will map for the first time the spatial distribution of almost 300 years of maritime flows in a dynamic and interactive manner. A geomatics visualisation platform will also integrate advanced analytical tools to simplify the pattern of shipping routes and corridors, and to extract meaningful information from the original data, with both scientific and pedagogical outcomes. Second, the project will look at the topological and spatial structure of the global network of inter-port links with reference to graph theory, social network analysis, and complex networks. The global properties of the network can be compared with general models of networks, while the evolution of macroscopic measures will be explored in relation with wider structural and conjectural changes in the world system (e.g. conflicts, revolutions, crises, territorial reconfigurations) in terms of network expansion, shrinkage, concentration and polarization. Internally, the search for tightly connected substructures (i.e. clusters, communities of ports, économies-mondes) will focus on the emergence of world regions and regional integration processes. Finally, we will examine the co-evolution of maritime flows and urban/regional development and compare the growth trajectories of port and non-port cities based on their situation in the combined sea-land network.
In a multidisciplinary fashion, the project questions both the contribution and the resilience of port activities and shipping routes to the transformations of the world system and economy from the local level to the global level. It will provide novel results about world systems theory, network theory, and location theory. “

César Ducruet

http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/107041_fr.html

 

4 June 2013

Cruise ships: What future for onshore power supply in Europe?

The question of onshore power supply for ships was debated specifically at a conference organised by the Cruise Europe association at Le Havre on 24 April 2013.The inclusion of this subject on the conference agenda shows how important it is in today’s cruise ship world, in the face of continued increases in fuel costs and environmental constraints. Also known in French as “courant de quai” and in English as “cold ironing” or “alternative marine power”, this technology seems more and more essential on quays, not only for cruise ships but also for cargo vessels.
The principle is fairly simple and seems to make sense. When the ship is alongside it does not produce power using its on-board generators but plugs into either the onshore power grid or a generator specially supplied by the port, generally powered by LNG or hydrogen. The electricity demand of a cruise ship is considerable, on average three times that of a container carrier. The issue is therefore particularly important for the cruise industry, the more so as ships berth for preference as near as possible to the historic centre of port-cities and calls are becoming ever more numerous, with several large units alongside simultaneously during the season!
The advantages seem obvious for the immediate urban environment and the cruise operators themselves: little or no air pollution, less noise, less overall pollution. However, connection to the local network is a delicate matter because of the amount of power required. There is a risk that consumption peaks may overload the network causing it to cut out! Whether an onshore generator or the local grid is used, the question of supply security must be considered. Abandoning the ship’s energy independence means that operators must have absolute faith in the onshore installations. How can the vessel anticipate power cuts, either for technical reasons or due to union action?
Although some shipping companies, such as Holland America Line, proclaim their confidence in this mode of power supply and are investing in the construction of pre-equipped vessels, particularly for operating on the American west coast, this is not yet the case in Europe. Speakers underlined the difficulties associated with differences in electricity tariffs between European countries. The technology is also already threatened by the introduction of new equipment to enable ships to operate with LNG. This type of fuel has not yet been generally accepted for cruise ships by either the public or industry professionals. There is considerable nervousness about having gas tanks under the passengers’ feet! Whatever happens, the European Commission is inclined to toughen regulations for anti-pollution rules in ports. Onshore power supply, LNG… cruise operators are going to have to adapt. One more reason for a fresh look at the power balance of these vessels. Considerable power savings can still be made, particularly in air-conditioning. It is one of the ways in which cruise ship operators can help with the global environment problem!

 

4 June 2013

Shanghai : un 3e terminal passagers pour faire face à la croissance du trafic croisière

Source : Sino Ship News

4 June 2013

Virtualisation of cruise terminal information systems in Venice

“Venezia Terminal Passageri” hopes that their investment will reduce considerably the risks associated with a breakdown in computer systems, which could potentially cause an interruption in services and a loss of data with disastrous consequences for the company.
Source: La Repubblica

31 May 2013

Alotau in Papua-New Guinea preparing to receive cruise ship calls

The Port of Alotau will be restructured by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) between now and October to enable it to receive the first cruise ships operated by Carnival Australia, one of the biggest operators in the Australian market. This will make it the biggest cruise ship port in the country.
Source: PNG Ports Corporation