New York, Hunter’s Point: a resilient waterfront park
The second phase of the South Waterfront Park project has been completed. Designed by SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi, the development occupies a 4.45 hectare former industrial site. In addition to housing a variety of recreational facilities, it will also help protect the city against heatwaves or storms, a resilient approach that can also be seen in the recently completed Domino Park in Brooklyn.
Full article : Inhabitat (+ images)
Liège: trade fair halls on the site of the planned eco-quarter on the edge of the Meuse river are to be relocated, while 6.5 km of bank are to be set aside for a promenade
Full article : RTBF
London: green light for five-year plans to develop the 112 hectare site at the future Royal Docks Entreprise Zone
The main aim is to make the site attractive both for economic activities and culture. Altogether, some 35,000 skilled jobs could be created for residents of London and Newham, while there are also plans for 4,000 new homes. It is hoped the project will bring in £5 billion of foreign inward investment by 2037/2038.
In Trondheim (Norway), pedestrians and cyclists will soon able to take an autonomous electric ferry across the canal
Full article : New Atlas (+ video)
Amsterdam: plans for a 1.5 km, urban cable car link designed by UN Studio above the IJ
Full article : Dezeen (+ images)
Bourgas (Bulgaria): work on the new Congress Centre officially gets under way
The complex will also include a Research Centre for Control and Exploration the Black Sea. The six-storey building will be based in the eastern part of the port, and will also host exhibitions, concerts, and a variety of educational activities. The project forms part of moves to open urban areas up to the sea once more and redevelop industrial or port zones as part of the city’s master plan. Opening planned for 2020.
Full article : Bulgarian Ports
Stockholm Royal Seaport: a building designed by Herzog and de Meuron to combine 317 apartments with public spaces on the site of a former gas holder
Full article : World Architecture News (+ images)
Orillia (Ontario, Canada): Smart Kiosk, a vast touchscreen set up on the waterfront to inform local residents and visitors
Full article : Orillia matters
Liverpool: a Maritime Knowledge Hub
The Hub will be one of the cornerstones of Wirral Waters, the regeneration scheme for the south bank of the Mersey. The aim is to make the hub a leading global centre for research, innovation, education and training in the maritime industries. Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has been selected for the project. The Hub will include two buildings, including the 19th century Hydraulic Tower, which will be restored and refurbished, while there will also be a major focus on green spaces, including roof terraces.
Lorient: this summer, the port circuits will continue to offer programmes for exploring the port and its different facets
Full article: CCSTI
The Port of Oakland publishes its new “Objective zero emissions” plan.
Full article: Port of Oakland
A self-driving vehicle will be running by 2019, to take cruise passengers to the centre of Le Havre.
Full article: Actu.fr
Plans for a desalination plant at the Port of Corpus Christi spark major concerns among local residents
To anticipate the potential need for water and to encourage inward investment, the Port has already decided to file a planning application. The move quickly drew criticism from environmental organisations and local residents, who fear the plant will have a serious impact on marine wildlife and endanger the regional fishing industry.
Full article: EU.caller
The Port of Gothenburg has embarked on a project to replant seagrass, as a compensatory measure to accompany the construction of a new terminal.
Full article: Port of Goteborg
Fincantieri to build two LGN-powered cruise liners for the company TUI, with delivery scheduled for 2024 and 2026.
Full article: Fincantieri
The Port, University and Maritime Institute of Singapore invest S$18 million in a new Research Centre
Dubbed the “Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP)”, the facility will focus on the needs of industry, developing integrated systems and simulation platforms, as well as research into self-driving vehicles, traffic systems and flow optimisation.
Full article: Asia Today
The Tourist Board in Aarhus (Denmark) announces plans for 1300 local volunteers to greet cruise passengers
Full article: Cruise Industry
Sète, France: the port generates 239 M€ for the local economy and more than 1350 jobs
Source : Econostrum
Logistics in Latin America is 5 to 100% more expensive than in OECD. Port-cities in the region could suffer.
Source : Comunidad Portuaria
World port traffic: traffic of 100 Mt is the threshold for the top 50!
In 2012, port traffic rose all over the world. Some falls in Asia resulted from weak growth in China and reduced demand in western countries. European ports played a minor role: only 7 ports in the top 100.
Source : Journal de la Marine Marchande
Wind ship: will the cargo vessels of the future make better use of the wind for “greener” sailing?
The first wind tunnel tests carried out by a Norwegian entrepreneur seem to show that they will. Use of the hull as a sail to capture not only natural wind but also that created by the movement of the cargo could reduce fuel consumption by 60% and emissions by 80%.(Photo © Lade SA)
Source : treehugger
Launch of Europe’s Naiades II programme: waterways are vectors for growth
With this programme, Europe hopes to continue developing infrastructure to make traffic more fluid and encourage intermodal connections. The objectives also include further improving the ecological impact of river transport and developing training courses.
Source: NPI, European Union
Ports are vital for Papua New Guinea, since the country’s growth depends on international trade
Of the country’s 18 ports, the central position is held by Port Moresby. Improving its efficiency is therefore a constant economic priority. Port improvements also provide opportunities for minimising the inconvenience caused to the city and for bringing together all the parties involved around a sustainable strategy for the port.
Source : PNG Port Corportaion Ltd (pdf)
Ghana: 2 inland ports and 18 unloading sites to allow economic growth to spread to all parts of the country
Source : World Maritime News
To improve non-road service to ports, France has announced two north-south rolling motorways by 2016
Source: WK Transport Logistique
Will tomorrow’s ports be connected to intelligent electricity networks, or form community power networks?
Source : Port Strategy
15 years of reflections on Massvlakte 2 to create a sustainable port: history in the eyes of the Port of Rotterdam
Source : Port Technology