Urban Port

13 February 2019

Montreal: call for proposals to convert the iconic Silo 5

A quarter of a century after it closed, Silo 5, an emblematic building in Montreal’s Vieux Port district, Silo 5 is set to become the heart of new mixed-used district with housing, shops, a hotel, and leisure and tourist facilities. The request for proposals to redevelop the silo and the Pointe du Moulin site is based on the responses obtained during the associated public consultation. Priority will be given to showcasing the silo and its industrial history, and the building could be used to create spectacular viewpoints!

Full article : NewswireMontreal Gazette ; View Plan

13 February 2019

The Port of Cork (Ireland) begins urban design studies and consultations for the Tivoli Docklands, whose container terminal is set to be relocated

Full article : Port of Cork

13 February 2019

Shenzhen (China): KCAP joins forces with Chinese firm CAUPD, winners of the competition for the Longgang Riverfront, including plans for parkland and cultural facilities

Full article : World Architecture (+ images) ; KCAP

13 February 2019

Memphis (United States): an ecological and recreational park designed by Studio Gang partly inspired by the former terminals and silos

Full article : Dezeen (+ images)

11 February 2019

Valparaiso (Chile): citizens opt for the Parque Barón project

Some 11,344 people voted in the “Imagina el Muelle Barón” competition organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, and the Municipality. They were invited to choose from a shortlist of three proposals for a future “Promenade of the Sea” to be developed on a 10.9 hectare site owned by the Port. New green spaces and four pedestrian access paths will recreate links with the city, notably for the cruise terminal. A wetland area, underground aquarium and marina are also planned. Work is set to be carried out in 2020 and 2012.

Full article : La Tercera, 27/01 ; La Tercera, 28/01 ;

11 February 2019

Port of Vigo (Spain): tender launched for the creation of the plan to define port spaces and their uses, and the “Especial Plan”

Full article : Faro de Vigo ; Licitation

11 February 2019

Gandia (Spain): a ferry port to be developed in time for the summer by shipping company Armas-Trasmediterránea in a port hanger

Full article : 20 minutos

6 February 2019

Shanghai (China): Minsheng Wharf, a new promenade

After almost two years of landscaping and development work, the site along the Huangpu has become a new space in which to relax and walk, particularly along the raised promenade alongside the ferry terminal. Presentation by the project architects, Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects.

Full article : ArchDaily (+ images, plans)


Citizen Port

13 February 2019

The port of Barcelona is counting on international climate cooperation to reduce the carbon footprint of its own activities

Full article: El Vigia

13 February 2019

The cruise market, as buoyant as ever, will see its ranks swelled by 14 new companies in the next two years.

Full article: Cruise Industry News

11 February 2019

Santa Fe (Argentina): the Port has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to include the port museum in the guided tours for school children.

Full article: Notife / Museo del Puerto

11 February 2019

Success for the SeePort festival created by the Port of Auckland to showcase the port and maritime heritage as part of a three day event.

Full article: Newsie / Seeport

11 February 2019

Valencia: continued experiments with the use of hydrogen for port logistics as part of efforts to achieve zero emissions.

Full article: Greenport

6 February 2019

Halifax: co-construction around the port infrastructure plan continues

Launched in 2015, the process is continuing with the aim of uniting the community around two key objectives: capitalising on the economic opportunities generated by maritime traffic, while improving the living environment for local residents. Reducing truck traffic is one of the main priorities. Several scenarios have been created, with citizens now being asked to give their reactions.Full article: Port City Halifax

6 February 2019

Valparaiso: the Mayor and port workers’ union set up a working group to promote dialogue on the port’s future

Full article: Portal Portuario

6 February 2019

Palma: the Port and City launch an app to help cruise tourists, especially with getting around

Full article: Ports de Balears

4 February 2019

Port Juneau (Alaska): citizens asked to take part in a study or air quality linked to the growing cruise activity

Full article:

4 February 2019

The Port of San Diego regularly consults the public on the future of its waterfront through public meetings and online surveys

Full article: 7 Sand Diego


Enterprise-driver Port

22 July 2013

The Ukraine approved long-term port development strategy : a capacity of 250 Mt and a creating of 15000 jobs

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22 July 2013

After 5 years of research, JOC publishes its classification of the most productive container ports: the rankings are dominated by Asian ports

Fuente: Journal of Commerce

19 July 2013

Roadbridges or canals: the Atlantic-Pacific link in Central America at the heart of 4 projects

Source : The Loadster

19 July 2013

The State of North Rhine-Westphalia announces that the port of Duisburg shall not face privatisation

According to the State, “a matter of such common concern cannot be subject to private investment driven by often unknown motivations”.  The State has therefore decided to become majority shareholder by purchasing the share held by the federal government. The final third still belongs to the City of Duisburg.

Source :

19 July 2013

In Dunkirk, the COTER Commission, part of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions, debates ports’ contribution to the “Europe 2020 Strategy”

Source : Newspress

17 July 2013

Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Vienna and Pisa: reappropriation of the river for logistical use

Since 2011 and the “Connecting with waterways: a capital choice” charter, these port cities have been aiming at CO2-free urban logistics by 2030. Innovations in river transport and respect for the environment should satisfy the needs of the 80% of Europeans who will be city-dwellers in 2050.
Source : Greenport

16 July 2013

Synthesis AIVP Days Helsinki : “Culture and competitiveness of port cities

Announcing the creation of cultural infrastructure in port spaces which are still active, or in the process of conversion, often provokes arguments and disagreements between the players concerned, and also the population.

Are cultural installations essential to the success of the port-city relationship?

Disputes are even more open in a context of local or national economic crisis. This was the case in Iceland in 2008 when the construction of the Harpa Concert Hall at the port-city interface of Reykjavik was launched. Investing so heavily in this type of infrastructure appears risky to many, and at all events not a high priority.

The feedback from the latest AIVP Meeting shows that in the long term this kind of bet on the future does pay. It has a positive impact on the quality of life, turning these sites into attractions which draw thousands of visitors, and places where people want to live. They also strengthen relations and cooperation between the parties involved.

Furthermore, in addition to the specific buildings, the challenge is also to bring new life to a whole territory, and to construct communities. This can be achieved by supporting the creation of “culture districts”, as in Reykjavik or Buenos Aires. Thus particular attention is paid to the quality of public spaces to favour the adoption of the new infrastructure by the population. The Spanish example of Malaga is enlightening in this respect, with the creation of a circuit round the cultural infrastructure which already existed in the city centre and the new infrastructure created on the waterfront. New links are forged, a new port-city weft is created. Appropriation by the population becomes possible thanks to the creation of a single port-city public space and a common imaginary.

At Veracruz, in Mexico, the need for a port extension must also be based on maritime culture, a culture of the sea. This enables the citizen to understand that port growth is not only an economic asset, but also contributes to the social and cultural development of the community.

Supporting the creation of a port culture or supporting the acceptance of port-city development or redevelopment projects – in the end the challenge of cultural infrastructure is the same for the decision-makers, whether for the city or the port.


Enhancing the port-city image: the port as an inspiration for architects

In a sense, the competition launched by the port of Piraeus in Greece for the reconversion of the silos into a museum is also a longer term strategic investment. Its aim is to achieve social acceptance of the presence of the port and an improvement in its relations with the city, to change the image of a port which is perceived as a barrier.

The benefits expected from the installation of high quality cultural infrastructure and public spaces here are of course associated with the fact that the passenger port is just next door, and that cruise activity is growing rapidly. The architects decided to open the building to the outside and provide views over the active port. References to the industrial past are also used in the treatment of public spaces to assert the identity of the site.

Taking inspiration from port architecture and exploiting it while respecting the logic of the site is the principle followed also in Marseilles for the various ambitious works of cultural infrastructure which have been carried out along the port-city interface. These projects have been conceived specifically as a function of the unique spirit of the location. Here port architecture becomes a tool by which identity asserts itself against the risk of standardisation. In the case of Marseilles, it is also a question of strengthening its strategic positioning on the international scene.

According to Marta Moretti, the emergence of this problem of identity, of the use of port vocabulary and memories of the city’s port history as opportunities for the creation of a new identity, is characteristic of the second generation of waterfront projects. The economic crisis appears to have brought about a change of attitude, insisting more on the re-use and exploitation of abandoned urban infrastructure. This change is a particular feature of the waterfront redevelopment operations of Northern Europe. Here, the opportunity is taken to re-think the waterfront while paying more attention to the question of sustainability and the importance of public spaces.


Citizens, partners in port performance

Port performance now is additionally measured by the degree of knowledge that a territory has of its own industrial and economic tissue. This is especially true in the case of a port-city, which often suffers from the negative and sometimes false image which its own citizens have. How then can a society be constructed which is able to contribute to economic development on the basis of its own identity?

For Hakan Fagerström (Tallink Ferry Company), the emergence of a port culture may have a positive influence on the local economic tissue of the port, but only so long as it is adopted by all the players of the port-city. The need, for economic reasons, to remain in the heart of Helsinki is particularly important for passenger transport companies, whose customers do not like to arrive in a no-man’s-land.

And it is just as important for the city to safeguard activities compatible with urban uses and to offer a berth to ships which demonstrate international trade over the port. According to Pascal Freneau of the Port of Nantes in France, ports are among the elements which structure the world, and comprehension of how trade functions is to be encouraged.

Likewise the Israeli port of Ashdod, since the port was modernised in 2005, has decided to redefine its business strategy and basic values by trying to improve its image and its relationship with the public. This step is born of the conviction that collaboration with the community and its principal institutions is an essential value for a port authority sometimes faced with a difficult social dialogue.

The creation of a Port Centre is one of the measures adopted to give back a certain pride to port workers, and in turn to show the population and the community of Ashdod the different activities and careers offered by the port. It is also a meeting point allowing the port to open its doors and show potential investors the interest shown in the territory by the various communities, institutions and companies. Its attractiveness is strengthened by a local dynamic which invests in the development of a shared port culture.


ISPS code, restricted spaces: how to create and manage cultural events in the port environment

For Jean-François Driant, Director of a major cultural infrastructure at Le Havre in France, “There is nothing that looks so like a scene in a theatre as a port basin.” The port is a tremendous vehicle for an imaginary. The only difficulty is to find a common space in which to translate this imaginary while respecting the constraints of artistic creation and the needs of port operations.

The debate underlined the fact that the ISPS Code seems particularly difficult for port authorities to get round, as was shown by the example of Guadeloupe, subjected to pressure and control by the neighbouring United States. As Harald Jaeger, CEO of the port of Valparaiso in Chile remarked, security is an asset for a port, a value to be protected. It would take many years to recover lost cruise ship passengers after an attack. For all that, the 15 years’ experience of Valparaiso, with many initiatives in the cultural, sporting, recreational, etc. fields, show that temporary partial opening of the port (10 days per year) is possible. Contributions from the floor: according to the President of the port of Bahia Blanca in Argentina, one idea is to create specific corridors inside the port, which could be financed by incorporating the cost into port dues. At Malaga, after three years of discussion, access to the wharves when there are no cruise ships in port may be possible in future.

Flexibility seems to be the key word, including being open to events generating up to a million visitors, like the Tall Ships Races. An event which, apart from the immediate benefits for the city, had a double positive impact: strengthening cooperation between city and port players, and generating financing which can subsequently be re-injected into port-city redevelopment projects.

Constructing continuity between city and port, creating an identity and reinforcing culture and the local community, in the long run is a formidable lever for economic and social development which can irrigate an entire territory.


AIVP Days Helsinki June 2013 : Presentations available here

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16 July 2013

15,000 bottles of French wine shipped by sail to one of the best restaurants in the world in Denmark

Source : le Marin

16 July 2013

Calais / Boulogne sur Mer: 2 companies and 5 partners to manage and coordinate the destinies of the two ports.

Source : Le Marin

16 July 2013

Southern Chinese ports suffer as the costs of salaries rise, exports decline and priority is given to the domestic market.

Source : Journal of Commerce