Sidewalk Labs abandons its plans in Toronto
Sidewalk Labs, the subsidiary set up by Google to develop this Quayside project in Toronto, explained its decision by citing the uncertain economic climate and the difficulties in making the project financially viable. The announcement pre-empts a decision from Waterfront Toronto on the future of the project, for which Sidewalk tabled a new proposal in June 2019, notably expanding the area covered by the plans from 5 to 77 hectares. But the project, launched in 2017, quickly attracted controversy as we reported last July. Presented as a laboratory for an exemplary smart city, it raised fears about the use of the private data collected by the numerous sensors that were to be installed. The later proposal, made in June 2019, failed to clear up the issue. Nonetheless, the question of how smart cities can be developed in tandem with the citizens remains an interesting round-table topic for AIVP…
In Valencia, the redevelopment of Tinglados 4 and 5 continues
Temporarily halted by the Covid-19 epidemic, the restoration of the famous port hangars has now resumed. They will house cultural and innovative activities, and in doing so forge a new relationship between Valencia Marina and the city. A similar effect will be achieved by the small landscaped area and cycle path, on which work has also begun.
San Diego (USA): work set begin on construction of the waterfront Bayside Performance Park and its open-air auditorium
The Irish port of Cork could take inspiration from Bordeaux to redevelop its waterfront
Boston: climate-driven gentrification?
We have previously mentioned, on a number of occasions, the strategy adopted by the city of Boston to tackle the issues of climate change and rising sea levels: instead of just building levees and seawalls, the city is focused on building with the natural environment, by creating parks, wetland areas, and so on, to mitigate the impact of flooding. However, urban development projects at these sites will also make them much more expensive, ensuring only wealthier people are able to live there – a fairly standard type of gentrification. But what of the existing communities in these places? Will they be forced to move? And will their new homes also be protected against the risks of flooding? It is this “climate-driven” gentrification that Boston’s chief of environment, energy and open space is keen to avoid.
A new kind of governance for heritage
The circular economy concept has gradually established itself. Could its ideas provide the inspiration for a “circular governance” approach to the re-use of urban cultural? That is the question being pondered by 16 cities of the European ICLEI network. The synthesis report on this project is now available. It identifies and illustrates how a new approach is possible, for re-using, funding and maintaining cultural heritage sustainably.
Amsterdam aims to achieve a fully circular economy by 2050
In 2015, the city of Amsterdam ordered a study to assess the impact of a transition to a circular economy. The findings confirmed the significant potential in terms of reducing pollution, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Discussions with residents and the business community resulted in a strategy plan for the period 2020 to 2025. The Port will have a key role to play in the strategy, as we reported in our news on 16 April. For the City, the goal is to create a completely circular economy by 2050. With that in mind, a fourth phase was launched recently, and over 200 projects are in the pipeline for the year ahead.
Creating parks to tackle the tsunami risk
What can be done to resist the devastating power of tidal waves that can strike coastline and homes? According to a group of scientific experts, waterfront parks could offer a better solution than protective breakwaters. These landscaped parks are a more cost-efficient solution that will no doubt be of particular interest to less wealthy countries. They also help to preserve the natural environment, or at the very least to create a planned landscape that can also be turned into a promenade area.
How can ports halve emissions by 2030? Hint: cooperation is crucial
The North Sea Port and the Port of Antwerp have launched new projects to drastically reduce the emissions. The project Antwerp@C led by the port of Antwerp brings together leaders of the chemical and energy industries to find viable solutions to reduce emissions in the port, by capturing and utilising or storing CO2. The project started in late 2019, and next step is looking for EU subsidies. In the North Sea Port, a cross border consortium led by Smart Delta Resources, with the support of several companies and the port authority is taking steps to drastically reduce the emissions in the port city region. The goal is to capture CO2 and reuse or store it underground. These methods would reduce this kind of emissions by 30%. The current stage is a feasibility study to be completed until the end of the year.
Drive in cultural events in the Port of Quebec. Starting on June 19, the Beauport Bay will host a series of shows by local artists that citizens can enjoy from their car, adapting to the physical distance measures.
The port of Rotterdam Community fund announced new donations for projects aimed at consequences of the Covid-19.
Two new calls from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund concerning ports and maritime planning. The first one concerns the creation of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic, while the second is for Maritime Spatial Planning Projects. The deadline is September 10th.
Innovative or traditional, all approaches are welcome for sustainable port cities
Port cities around the globe are developing different projects to reduce the negative externalities of port activities. In Spain, the port of Valencia just received the government approval to build an electric substation with a capacity of 30 Megawatts, giving a first step towards its goal of becoming a carbon-free until 2030. Also in Spain, the port of Barcelona has launched a free sustainability consultancy service for its end costumers, helping them know the emissions of logistic chains and facilitate the decision making towards greener transportation. Other promising field of study is blue carbon, or the process by which marine plants capture carbon and transfer it into sediments. The port of Seattle (USA) will collaborate with Washington State departments to study the benefits of this procedure. Finally, another way to reduce the polluting emissions is to avoid them at all, supporting carbon-free transport, such as wit, like the port of Le Havre is doing in the project TOWT – Transport à la Voile.
Port Cities of San Antonio and Valparaíso show their commitment with local community
Both leading Chilean ports have deployed several key actions in recent weeks to support workers, children and small business owners. As we saw in previous newsletters, drawing contests have been a popular measure to entertain children and keep the contact with the port. Almost 600 children participated in the competition organized by the port of Valparaíso with the local art museum. In a similar way, the port of San Antonio is inviting children aged 6-13 to participate in their competition “draw your port from home”, co-organized with the local newspaper. From a social perspective, both ports have extended their support during this crisis. They have continued with sanitation actions and helped port workers with food packages and vaccination campaigns. Additionally, the port of San Antonio also decided to significantly reduce the rent for local craftsmen with shops in the waterfront.
9th edition of the port research award launched in Tarragona (Spain). This prize is opened for researchers in social sciences that have done investigation in port history.
Port of Talcahuano reinforces its commitment with gender equality. The port will be the first public company of Chile to ratify the national NCh 3262 Gender Balance, Reconciliation of Work, Family and Personal Life.
River transport: an alternative for eco-mobility. General manager of French Waterways (VNF) defends a modernization of the waterways to meet the challenges of sustainable logistics, since 1 barge in the Seine river could equal to 400 trucks in the periphery.
Cleaning program for the Oslo ‘s Fjord shows positive results. The continued monitoring shows that the water and soil is cleaner, and new fauna is establishing itself in the seabed. This is the result of a coordinated work between port, city and other urban agencies.
The port of Chongqing Guoyuan on the Yangtze enters the trials phase. In 2014 it will also be connected to Europe by rail.
The port of Singapore will be moved to the south of the city by 2027. The 1,000 ha of the current port will be returned to urban use.
Source: Port Finance International
Guayaquil: a new site for the port?
The Ecuadorian government is undertaking a major rethink on its port system, including relocation of the port of Guayaquil to adapt to the evolution of the world fleet. A common line on port-city strategies is clearly indispensable. The recommendation of the Mayor of Guayaquil is to dredge the access for deeper draft vessels.
Ajaccio: study contracted for restructuring the Bay, including the relocation of marine cargo operations
Marina di Carrara reorganizes the waterfront
The Carrara waterfront project, presented by the mayor and the port chairman at the last MIPIM at Cannes, will lead to the creation of a dedicated port service road and the integration of the port storage area into the landscape. Priority is being given to the creation of public spaces and promenades, particularly the one on the outer jetty which will offer views of the town, the bay and the ships.
Montevideo: port to get a “vertical extension”
The “Torre Lobraus” project combines a warehouse, with storage capacity of 1.8 million m3, with a 21-storey office block which will also contain restaurants, a conference centre and projection rooms for clients.
The Port of Stockholm launches the Värtahamnen project. An opportunity for the city
The reconstruction of the Värtahamnen passenger port was launched in June. The new site and the passenger terminal, which will be more effective and environmentally friendly, should be opened in 2016. The land released will allow the city to build housing and office space in the city centre. It is an integral part of “Stockholm Royal Seaport”, a general redevelopment project.
To get round the lack of space in ports, container terminals could grow upwards!
Source : World Port Development
Shore Power technology to reduce pollution emissions and noise from ships when alongside
Californian ports have been showing the way since 2006, and on 1 January 2014 their emissions reduction requirements will be made even stricter. Other ports around the world have followed their example without upsetting port activity. Run-down of the technologies available. (photo © AIVP)
Source : World Port Development
The port of Dalian has extended its hinterland with rail container service to Russia. Service to Europe is under study.
Source : Sino Ship News