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29 July 2020

A new floating chicken farm on a basin in Rotterdam

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Goldsmith architecture will create a floating chicken farm in Rotterdam. It follows the rules of the circular economy: on the top floor, 7000 hens live under a translucent roof giving them permanent daylight; on the middle floor are operated eggs packaging and waste management; on the lowest floor (under water) is a LED-powered cress farm, using manure as fertilizer. In addition, solar panels provide 100% of the farm’s energy needs.
As the growing lack of space within the city is a tangible obstacle for developing local food production, floating structures can be a part of the solution.

DesignBoom

 

29 July 2020

The port of Le Havre will test a new bicycle lane in the framework of the VéloMaritime European project, comprising more than 1500 km of bicycle roads from Belgium until Brittany in France.

HAROPA – Port of Le Havre, VéloMaritime

28 July 2020

The Port of Seville (Spain) could relocate its cruise terminal

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Moving cruise activity to a new location would free up space for a marina capable of accommodating yachts and mega-yachts close to the city centre. Originally, the Port had targeted flexibility with a cruise terminal made from recycled containers, a non-permanent solution that ensured the spaces could be re-used for new purposes, as recommended by our Guide of Good Practices. The move represents the start of a new phase for the Las Delicias precinct, which will further enhance the appeal of this port city.

Diario de Sevilla

28 July 2020

Arona (Tenerife, Canary Islands): the City Port committee meets to find ways of improving mobility and easing congestion on port access roads

El Dia

27 July 2020

A project inspired by the area’s industrial and maritime past for the Greenwich peninsula (UK)

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“Morden Wharf” has been designed by OMA architects. It will include 12 apartment blocks, shops, and public spaces, and is heavily inspired by the warehouses, silos and gas holders that once stood on the Greenwich peninsula. There are also plans for a park with views across the Thames to the famous Canary Wharf.

Design boom (+ images)

27 July 2020

Freeport (Bahamas): the government and Royal Caribbean Cruises strike an agreement on the new cruise terminal, to include a hotel and theme park

Full article : The Nassau Guardian

22 July 2020

City and Port of Saint John (Canada) work together to increase the docking area in uptown. The new dredging and docks will allow more recreational boats to reach Market Slip.

Saint John

20 July 2020

What does the future hold for the Hong Kong waterfront?

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It has finally been decided that a two-stage tender process will be launched for one of the central areas of the Hong Kong waterfront, located between the business district and the Star Ferry Piers. The move is a response to criticism and earlier suggestions highlighting the need for a global approach, with an emphasis on developing public spaces and connections between these different parts of the city.

Urban Land (2018) ; Urban Land (2020)

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Citizen Port

29 July 2020

Technological challenge proposed by the Port of Algeciras (Spain) wins the “Fiware Zone” contest, hosted by the region and telecommunication company. The challenge will focus on innovative technology for environmental impact data.

El Estrecho Digital

29 July 2020

City and Port work together in Livorno (Italy) to clean the “New Venice” district canals

Livorno Port Center

29 July 2020

New initiative for community dialogue in Bahía Blanca

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The Port of Bahía Blanca (Argentina) has started the new online participative forums “Puerto Abierto” to establish new dialogues with the local community. The first meeting included representatives from the agricultural and food sector. The goal of the forums is to debate and align the expectations and needs from the local community with the actions of the port authority. The dialogue will be structured in three phases: diagnosis, discussion of ideas and starting the agreed projects. The participants of the future debate sessions will include representatives from the academy and scientific sector, business organizations, workers, environmental, and cultural initiatives. The final result will be a new strategic plan built from the social agreements.

Port of Bahía Blanca

29 July 2020

Protecting biodiversity: Education and positive environmental effects

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Port cities host a rich biodiversity. Protecting it can bring associated positive effects, besides the obvious ones. In Tarragona (Spain), the green areas policy of the port authority is showing excellent results. These areas must reduce the water footprint, promote the biodiversity and mitigate the CO2 emissions. The port has focused on the reforestation of degraded spaces and replacing water intensive plants for others more adapted to the Mediterranean climate. Every year, these areas neutralize 1500 tons of CO2 and provide shelter for endangered species such as bees. In Ceuta (Spain), the Port Authority supports the local Sea Museum (Museo del Mar), that is responsible for studying, protecting and disclosing the local biodiversity. This institution publishes several books and magazines promoting the results of their research, for example on the impact of ships on whales and dolphins. The museum also organizes educational activities and leads projects to include coastal areas in the European networks of protected natural reserves. Additionally, it is responsible for a unique facility, the “pudridero” a facility to preserve the carcasses and collect the bones to study and learn about marine animals.

El Vigía, Museo del Mar Ceuta

29 July 2020

Port Cities supporting the food production sector

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The crucial role of port cities in food logistics is well known, but they can also be relevant in the production, particularly of seafood as one project from Valencia (Spain) shows us this week. The salinity, nutrients and location of nurseries in port waters are excellent for the production of clòtxina valenciana (Mediterranean Mussel). In the case of Valencia, the yearly production reaches 1200 tons. The quality of the water is guaranteed by the port authority and the mussels are controlled by the regional authorities to guarantee that they are safe for consumption.

Europa Press

27 July 2020

South American Port Cities continue fighting the Covid-19

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With the threat of the second wave of contagions grows in many countries, in South America, port city actors continue their solidarity actions to reduce the effects of the Covid19. The port of Valparaiso (Chile) continues to support the local community, with donations of equipment to the local hospital and food to disadvantaged collectives. In the meantime, in San Antonio (Chile), the port community lead by the port authority has sponsored a new laboratory to obtain faster test results. In Buenos Aires (Argentina), the port authority has extended the subsidies to concessionaries to reduce the economic impact of the crisis.

Nex News – El Mercurio de Valpraíso, Nex News – El Líder de San Antonio, Portal Portuario

22 July 2020

Port and City work together in Ceuta to improve the air quality.

Ceuta Actualidad

22 July 2020

The Talcahuano (Chile) Logistic Community (Comlog) will deploy an agenda oriented towards community relations and sustainability.

Portal Portuario

22 July 2020

Referendum in Key West (USA) to decide the future of cruises

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The citizen non-profit organization “Key West Committee for Safer Cleaner Ships” has successfully gathered enough signature to call for a referendum in November’s ballot. The referendum will include three questions:

1 – limit the number of pax disembarking to 1,500/day;

2 – ban ships with more than 1,300 pax;

3 – prioritize cruise lines with the best environmental and health records.

This initiative arrives in a critical moment, when the industry is debating when the activity should restart. At the same time that some companies announce national or regional cruises, for example in Italy or Germany, the control institutions of some countries such as the USA, extend the “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships. AIVP hosted a webinar dedicated to cruises last June, and will retake the debate after the summer period, framed under goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, considering the health and life quality of port city citizens.

Safer Cleaner Ships, Maritime-Executive, Cruise Critic, USA Today, CDC USA, AIVP Webinar, Agenda AIVP 2030

22 July 2020

More Port Cities are focusing on Biodiversity protection

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Two excellent projects focused on preserving or restoring the natural biodiversity: In Rouen (France), the Port Authority HAROPA, has developed between 2017 and 2019 a project to restore the wetlands connected to the Seine river in Sahurs. The new structure and water canal allow the tide to reenter the area and recover the natural environment of the estuary. In 2020 the port authority planted flora improving the integration of the site in the landscape and installed educational panels. In Bahía Blanca (Argentina), the Marine Wildlife Rescue Station has helped more 115 animals from 15 different species, over the past two years, since it was created. This facility is the result of the cooperation of the port authority of Bahía Blanca with several environmental organizations.

HAROPA – Port of Rouen, Port of Bahía Blanca

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Enterprise-driver Port

31 July 2013

To get round the lack of space in ports, container terminals could grow upwards!

Source : World Port Development

31 July 2013

Shore Power technology to reduce pollution emissions and noise from ships when alongside

helsinki_bd_juillet2013Californian 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

31 July 2013

The port of Dalian has extended its hinterland with rail container service to Russia. Service to Europe is under study.

Source : Sino Ship News

31 July 2013

The cruise ship industry in Mexico is in crisis: 7 ports have not had a single call for over 18 months.

Source : Comunidad Portuaria

31 July 2013

A new port-city will grow up alongside the port of Colombo, financed by Chinese investment

The Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) has announced that a city is to be established on a polder covering 230 hectares beside Colombo South Port. It should be completed by 2017. The SLPA will build its head office there, and housing and leisure activities are also in the plans. Colombo South Port itself will open in September 2013.
Source : Port Technology

30 July 2013

North Sea Canal Zone and the port of Amsterdam: a future cluster to support offshore wind power?

There are already 66 companies working on wind-powered electricity generation around the port. Located less than 25 km from large offshore wind parks, the region offers 100 ha of land for developing this industry. Finally, a training centre is being set up at Ijmuiden.
Source : Port of Amsterdam

30 July 2013

Greater exports of manufactured products could result from relocation of industries, to the benefit of US ports.

Source : AAPA

30 July 2013

The future Lamu and Bagamoya corridors are critical developments for absorbing the 6% growth expected in East Africa.

Source : Ports and Harbors

29 July 2013

Turkey as a cruise hub in East Med: The case of Istanbul

Cruise lines seek for new markets in order to accommodate the growing demand for cruise tourism. In this context, East Mediterranean and Black sea ports would be an alternative cruise destination. Based on cultural and social attractions, Istanbul would be a candidate on serving as a homeport for the region.
Source : Port Economics / Mickael Dooms, Oguz Bagis