Borkum (Germany): urban redevelopment and offshore wind
Ten offshore wind farms are planned for Borkum, an island that was used as a military base during the Second World War. The real estate subsidiary of WPD offshore is proposing a programme of 240 housing units for workers at these plants. An initial phase should see 100 homes built in the port of Borkum by 2020.
Full article : Windpower offshore
The Agencia Pública de Puertos de Andalucía announces 13.8 million euros in funding to improve spaces between its ports and their cities
Full article : La Opinion de Malaga
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.
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.
Dundee: the new V-A Museum opens on 15 September. Will it have the same impact as the Guggenheim?
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.
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.
The Port of Cadiz opens up to the city by creating a cycle path and demolishing some fences
Full article: Lavozdigital
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
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
The Port of Valparaiso publishes its 5th report on sustainable commitments for the environment, social ties and economic development
Full article: Mundo Maritimo
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
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
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
India plans to develop its local cruise market and is targeting 5 million passengers by 2020
Full article: Cruise Industry
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