Urban Port

19 March 2018

Belfast: Waterside, a master plan by Henning Larsen

A total of 750 residential units, a hotel, offices and cultural facilities are planned for a 6.5 hectare site along the Lagan. The aim is for the outdoor spaces to be used for much more of the year than at present, for example by creating pedestrian or cycle areas, or by arranging buildings to reduce wind and noise. Work begins in the summer of 2018, and is due to be completed within four years.

Full article : Dezeen (+ images, video)

19 March 2018

Port-Louis Waterfront: Pad and Co. Ltd has begun work on the renovation of Coaster Sheds A and B and the esplanade development

Full article : Le Mauricien ; Le Défi Média

19 March 2018

Ipswich: the town buys the last silo at the entrance to the waterfront, an essential step in the global project

Full article : East Anglian Daily Times

14 March 2018

Porto Alegre: after years of waiting, conversion works on Cais Mauá start on 5 March

The works schedule was presented recently by the new President of Cais Mauá do Brasil, the organisation responsible for the development. Phase One will include the 11 historical warehouses at the centre of the site. They will be converted into cultural and recreational facilities, shops and restaurants, and public spaces. Phase Two will tackle the Docks area which will contain commercial blocks, a hotel and a conference centre. The final phase will be to convert the old gas plant into recreational spaces and shops. The redevelopment operation, along 3.2 km of the waterfront, is expected to generate 28,000 new jobs.

Full article : Cais Maua ; Video: Cais Mauá revitalization teaser ; Portos e navios

14 March 2018

Barcelona: new maritime dimension in prospect following the City–Port agreement to transform Port Vell and the Olympic Port

Full article : Naucher 07/02 ; Naucher 09/02

14 March 2018

San Diego: the port launches a study into a multimodal corridor along the Working Waterfront and opens a consultation of residents and users

Full article : Harbor Drive Study ; Port of San Diego

14 March 2018

Rouen (France): Hangar 107 opens, housing a contemporary arts centre, a day nursery, businesses, and restaurants.

Full article : Haropa Ports

7 March 2018

Bahia Blanca: the benefits and impacts of membership of an international city network

The Port of Bahia Blanca has been a member of AIVP since 2005. In this contribution, Patricia Viviana Del Cero, Professor at the University of Bahia Blanca, looks at trends among international networks of cities. Taking AIVP as a case study, she examines the impacts for a city of joining this kind of network, and highlights the benefits of sharing experience with other cities facing the same issues. This approach has had a direct impact on Bahia Blanca’s own projects, ranging from the Balcon Al Mar, to the port promenade and the various initiatives aimed at improving the Port’s societal integration. It is also a way of positioning Bahia Blanca on the international scene and enhancing the city’s appeal, with all the associated economic, cultural and tourist benefits.

Full article : Contribution

7 March 2018

Nueva York: 2.5 billion dollars to convert Brooklyn Navy Yard into a technological hub

Full article : Bloomberg


Citizen Port

19 March 2018

World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) launched in Antwerp, with AIVP among signatories to the official charter

At the initiative of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), with which AIVP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, the organisations ESPO, AAPA, PIANC and AIVP have actively committed to a collaborative programme for developing and stimulating actions to promote more sustainable strategies for ports’ activities, logistics chains and relations with the urban territory. On Thursday 22 March, Philippe Matthis, President of AIVP, will sign the formal declaration expressing the importance of city-port dialogue in the programme’s development.

Full article: WPSP


19 March 2018

Brest port redevelopment: old oil slicks resurface

Full article: Les Echos

19 March 2018

A record 9.2 million cruise passengers visited Spain in 2017

Full article: Eladelantado

19 March 2018

The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is working to develop heritage tourism by offering guided tours of ships and iconic sites

Full article:

14 March 2018

Contrecoeur terminal in Montréal and federal public consultations

The Port of Montreal took part in public consultations by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) from 27 February to 1 March, to present the results of the environmental impact study. An open-day and two moderated public sessions were organised by the CEAA, allowing representatives from the Montreal Port Administration to meet citizens and the various interest groups, answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

Full article: Port of MontrealACEE

14 March 2018

New period of adhesion to the “Sector-based Sustainable Development Plan” for the Port of Barcelona

Full article :Cadenadesuministro

14 March 2018

The bird reserve developed by the Port of Fremantle in Rous Head shows its effectiveness

Full article: Port of Fremantle

7 March 2018

Singapore: building human capital to prepare for the future in port cities

Professional workers will also have to plan for the future by spending more time with teaching establishments to tell them about the varied, interesting and enriching careers which the industry can offer. Learning is a permanent, life-long process for employees and should be an integral part of a company’s culture. Moreover, companies will have to make themselves visible and attractive to talented young people who will be able to develop the digital world of the future.

Full article : The Straits Times

7 March 2018

Tallinn Tech University signs an agreement with local authorities to help develop the shipbuilding industry in Saaremaa

Full article : Baltic Course


Enterprise-driver Port

20 May 2013

New container vessels become problem for ports! The city has to be able to keep up, including intermodal capacity


17 May 2013

French ports: visible progress since the reform of 2011

While reliability seems to have been restored, three challenges have emerged for the future: connection with the hinterland, multimodal services, and productivity. In terms of regional dynamics around ports, like that served by the Seine Axis, two have emerged: Rhône artery, Brittany pole or Dunkerque-Lille Axis. Source : Supply Chain Magazine

17 May 2013

Marco Polo Programme: 434 M€ of environmental benefits and 21,900 Mt-km less cargo on European roads

Source : European Union

17 May 2013

Trieste: the search for new projects for Porto Vecchio

While a dispute is ongoing with the PortoCittà, company, the Port President, Marina Monassi, has launched a new call for a project to gather more expressions of interest in re-furbishing the oldest part of the port of Trieste. Source: Il Piccolo

16 May 2013

Partout dans le monde la conscience du consommateur se développe et la chaîne logistique durable devient un atout commercial

Source : The Guardian

15 May 2013

Transform the Suez Canal corridor into a major economic zone and increase its revenue

Source : Al Shorfa


22 February 2013

The World Bank – A Partner for City-Port Projects: An Interview with Marc Juhel, Sector Manager for Transport

The World Bank is one of the specialized institutions developed under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). The World Bank is an essential partner for port cities in helping them to implement their projects, but its strategy and work in the development of city-port projects still sometimes go unrecognized. In order to find out more, the AIVP interviewed Marc Juhel at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington.AIVP: The World Bank has on many occasions shown interest in the work of AIVP in improving the city-port dynamic. In what ways does AIVP’s work coincide with the current concerns and the strategic transport and urban development objectives of the World Bank?

M.J: More than half of the world’s population already lives in urban areas, and the great majority of growth envisaged over the 21st century will take place in the cities of poor, developing countries. The urban agenda must, therefore, form a critical focus for any modern sustainable development policy. At the same time, helping these countries to emerge from chronic poverty requires enabling them to emerge with strong growth. This is the only way to generate the necessary economic benefits. This growth will come largely from increased international exchange of goods, foreign trade and access to global markets: the most important aspects of economic development policies. 90% of trade is still carried out by sea, and this is where urban and transport policies come together. Port cities are now not only national platforms for commerce, but often also regional and international ones. The city-port dynamic must, therefore, reconcile the demands of balanced urban development with those of a logistics industry still looking to optimize transport flows in terms of time and expense. This sometimes leads to approaches that conflict with good use of space, and to the need to arbitrate these conflicts in favor of the aims of the city and the country as a whole. The World Bank, when it is able, advises its client countries and their port cities on how to best carry out this arbitration.

AIVP: Has the need for urban integration of ports, both spatial and functional, become an important criterion for the awarding of World Bank loans?

M.J: The Bank is keen to stress the importance of this spatial and functional integration, which sometimes requires the physical separation of urban and port traffic flows, but also often offers the opportunity to bring to light the complementarity of port and urban policies, particularly during port extension operations and the updating of economically obsolete infrastructure. As a result, when the Bank is approached in the context of an urban or port development project in a port city, our teams are careful to ensure that this interface, and the issues it can give rise to, are fully discussed.

AIVP: Which port city operations in receipt World Bank loans are, in your opinion, particularly symbolic in this regard? Why are they notable?

M.J: The Rijeka* project in Croatia is a recent example of a port operation which integrates opportunities both for urban redevelopment and for the enhancement of maritime heritage in coastal urban areas. More ambitious, perhaps, is the Port Cities Development Program Project for the Republic of Yemen which aimed to improve the investment climate whilst encouraging growth and job creation in the three port cities of Aden, Hodeidah and Mukalla. This program, spanning twelve years, started with small-scale investment in infrastructure, followed by the designing of City Development Strategies for each of the three port cities. Later came more specific projects, such as the First and Second Port Cities Development Projects of Yemen, which helped to implement the actions identified in the Development Strategies.

AIVP: The issue of “sustainable” and “livable” cities is on the World Bank’s agenda. In this context, what kind of initiatives do you think can be promoted in the area of city-port cooperation?

M.J: To make cities more economically efficient and more socially inclusive: this is the main aim in terms of development and the fight against poverty. This task should be seen within the larger framework that the World Bank defines as Green Growth for All. Cities in general, and port cities in particular, are important vehicles for economic growth. As ports are such key instruments for international trade, the cities that harbor them therefore find themselves at the forefront of global competition for access to new markets. International financial institutions, when assisting the port cities of their client countries, must ensure that the needs of ports in the international logistics chain are effectively balanced with the needs of cities striving for socially balanced development. This is the approach of the World Bank.

*The port and the city of Rijeka are active members of the AIVP.

15 January 2013

Industrial ecology, the port-city model

Kate RoystonThe presentations and debates on industrial ecology were among the most interesting areas of the 13th AIVP World Conferencein June 2012. The numerous projects in progress throughout the world, in Europe, China and Korea for example, show the level of interest in this new approach to development based on a circular economy which optimises the re-use of resources and promotes a carbon-free environment. At the heart of these new strategies, cooperation and mutualisation have been the key words of the AIVP message since its creation.

Read Kate Royston (MBA AIEMA, Robbee Smole – Sustainable Business Solutions)