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.
San Francisco, Pier 70: Gensler has turned a former machine shop for destroyers and submarines into offices
Full article : Dezeen (+ images)
Lemvig (Denmark): designed by 3XN, the Climatorium will host conferences and exhibits on climate change, but also concerts, etc.
Full article : Bustler (+ images)
Saint Petersburg: the floating pontoon installed for events at the heart of New Holland Island has proven a success
Full article : Marina World, September/October, p. 23
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
Toronto: foundation stone laid in construction of the Waterfront Innovation Centre, first part of the future innovation cluster
Full article : Menkes
Ayamonte (Spain): work begins to integrate the port into the city
Full article : Andalucia Informacion
Cape Town: a 1.2 hectare park on the waterfront
Battery Park will be a part of the Canal District in its own right, and is presented by V-A Waterfront as a new gateway to the waterfront. It will notably include the historic ruins of the Amsterdam Battery fortifications, which will be a key element. The Canal will also allow water taxis to serve the congress centre.
Full article : fin24
Tampico (Mexico): entrepreneurs call for the port redevelopment to encompass both tourism and continued port activity
Full article : El Sol de Tampico
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
Brest (France) hosts the 11th Sea Tech Week 2018 dedicated to marine bio-resources
Full article: Seatechweek
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.
London: controversy surrounds air quality impact following the announcement of plans for a new cruise terminal
Full article: The Guardian
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
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
UK: Arup publishes a new report on ports and air quality
Full article: Ukmajorports
Santos (Brazil): the port sector is looking for funds for worker qualifications
Full article: Portosenavios
Responsible cruises: a scientific study attempts to deal with the global socio-economic impact
Full article: PortEconomics
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