The residents of Sacramento set to reclaim their river
The City has chosen the Canadian architects Stantec to regenerate the river along old Sacramento (USA). The project includes plans for a dual-level market with a terrace, a history museum overlooking the river, and “River Terrace”, a series of new floating terraces for leisure activities and walking. A hotel tax will help fund the project.
Full article : The Sacramento Bee (+ video)
Tallinn (Estonia): the passenger terminal refurbished, with views of the old city and port.
Full article : Port of Tallinn
New York: Governors Island to become a climate laboratory
New York City wants to turn Governors Island into a living laboratory for adapting to climate change. It has invited proposals for a climate research and education centre to be based in the south of the island, which would complete the offices and cultural amenities planned for the district.
Full article : 6sqft
The City of Hull (UK) receives £27.4m in funding to regenerate its marine heritage and identity
Full article : Maritime Hull
Los Angeles: the new deep-water cruise terminal at San Pedro could be used for other purposes when no ships are visiting, and during the off-season
Full article : Daily Breeze
The South Korean Government wants to make Jeju more attractive
Plans have been unveiled for a new cruise terminal on Jeju Island, with capacity for 4.7 million visitors annually. It will be completed by a 820,000 m2 leisure and tourism complex. The approach has been adopted in the country’s main ports, for example in Busan where a new terminal was opened in September 2018 and new cultural amenities are planned.
Full article : Korea Herald
The citizens of Barranquilla (Colombia) have regained access to the river with the 4.5 km Gran Malecon promenade, which has attracted 4 million visitors since 2017
Full article : ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
Chilean ports contribute to the quality of local life by collaborating in the maintenance of public spaces
Ports of Chile show their commitment with the local population with cleaning campaigns of beaches and coastal areas. The Captaincy and Port of Talcahuano lead a program with the help of 600 volunteers that removed more than 1,5 tons of waste. The port of San Antonio removed almost 8 tons of waste in September in several urban areas close to the port. The terminal operator DP World has led another cleaning program with the help of students in the beach of Lirquén.
Port of Brisbane restates its commitment with sustainable development in the sustainability report of 2018/2019. One the main goals is to reduce 24% of the emissions by 2024/2025
Full article: Port of Brisbane
Ports de la Generalitat, the regional organizations gathering the small ports of Catalonia, launches a new initiative called “Porta’m” to reduce use of plastic bottles at sea, providing the users with reusable alternatives
Full article: El Vigía
New initiative to protect orcas in Seattle ports
Northwest Seaport Alliance (Seattle and Tacoma) partner up with other organizations to develop a program to protect endangered orca population in the Salish Sea. The main goal is to mitigate the effect of ship noise.
Full article: Port of Seattle
The Maritime Heritage Institute of South Africa hosted the Inaugural Maritime Heritage Conference in the Vaal University of Technology, in Vanderbijlpark. The three days event focused on a broader understanding of maritime heritage and its role in sustainable economic development.
Port of Mallorca installs 25 air quality monitoring stations as part of the SmartSensPORT project in collaboration with the University of the Balearic Islands.
Full article: Mallorca Diario
The “No plàstic” campaign by the port community of Valencia achieves great success in just a few months
The port community of Valencia, including Aportem, the port’s solidarity organization, launched last June the “No Plastic” initiative to reduce the use of plastics in port companies. The focus is mainly on single-use products, recycling systems and environmental education. The main goal was eliminating from the port sector companies one million plastic bottles and other items of this material. First results have inspired the participating companies to a more ambitious goal: to become 100% plastic free
Full article: Aportem
Port of St. Petersburg hosts a water tour for the children from port employees
Full article: Port News
Port of Stockholm among the finalists for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award. Their shore power project in the Värtahamnen port has been selected for the Air Quality category.
Full article: Vessel Finder
The re-launch of French ports must be based on three pillars: logistics, industry and the importance of ports for development
WORLD SYSTEMS, a new approach to maritime traffic in the development policies of port cities
In the context of research projects into the dynamics of port cities, AIVP would like to draw its active members’ attention to the World Systems project. This project, financed by the European Union to the tune of one and a half million euros, began in March 2013 and will go on for 5 years. The World Systems project is under the scientific responsibility of César Ducruet, CRNS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) researcher and member of AIVP’s network of experts.“The World Seastems project aims to map and to analyze the changing spatial pattern of the world economy across 300 years from a maritime perspective. It will exploit untapped vessel movement data on a world scale since 1734, date of the first publication of Lloyd’s List. Such data offer disaggregated information on weekly inter-port flows with detailed descriptions of vessels as well as their dates of departure and arrival at world’s ports. Despite the vital importance of maritime transport for economic development and international trade, no research has been done on the long-term evolution of the global maritime network. There are three main goals of the project.
First, it will map for the first time the spatial distribution of almost 300 years of maritime flows in a dynamic and interactive manner. A geomatics visualisation platform will also integrate advanced analytical tools to simplify the pattern of shipping routes and corridors, and to extract meaningful information from the original data, with both scientific and pedagogical outcomes. Second, the project will look at the topological and spatial structure of the global network of inter-port links with reference to graph theory, social network analysis, and complex networks. The global properties of the network can be compared with general models of networks, while the evolution of macroscopic measures will be explored in relation with wider structural and conjectural changes in the world system (e.g. conflicts, revolutions, crises, territorial reconfigurations) in terms of network expansion, shrinkage, concentration and polarization. Internally, the search for tightly connected substructures (i.e. clusters, communities of ports, économies-mondes) will focus on the emergence of world regions and regional integration processes. Finally, we will examine the co-evolution of maritime flows and urban/regional development and compare the growth trajectories of port and non-port cities based on their situation in the combined sea-land network.
In a multidisciplinary fashion, the project questions both the contribution and the resilience of port activities and shipping routes to the transformations of the world system and economy from the local level to the global level. It will provide novel results about world systems theory, network theory, and location theory. ”
Cruise ships: What future for onshore power supply in Europe?
The question of onshore power supply for ships was debated specifically at a conference organised by the Cruise Europe association at Le Havre on 24 April 2013.The inclusion of this subject on the conference agenda shows how important it is in today’s cruise ship world, in the face of continued increases in fuel costs and environmental constraints. Also known in French as “courant de quai” and in English as “cold ironing” or “alternative marine power”, this technology seems more and more essential on quays, not only for cruise ships but also for cargo vessels.
The principle is fairly simple and seems to make sense. When the ship is alongside it does not produce power using its on-board generators but plugs into either the onshore power grid or a generator specially supplied by the port, generally powered by LNG or hydrogen. The electricity demand of a cruise ship is considerable, on average three times that of a container carrier. The issue is therefore particularly important for the cruise industry, the more so as ships berth for preference as near as possible to the historic centre of port-cities and calls are becoming ever more numerous, with several large units alongside simultaneously during the season!
The advantages seem obvious for the immediate urban environment and the cruise operators themselves: little or no air pollution, less noise, less overall pollution. However, connection to the local network is a delicate matter because of the amount of power required. There is a risk that consumption peaks may overload the network causing it to cut out! Whether an onshore generator or the local grid is used, the question of supply security must be considered. Abandoning the ship’s energy independence means that operators must have absolute faith in the onshore installations. How can the vessel anticipate power cuts, either for technical reasons or due to union action?
Although some shipping companies, such as Holland America Line, proclaim their confidence in this mode of power supply and are investing in the construction of pre-equipped vessels, particularly for operating on the American west coast, this is not yet the case in Europe. Speakers underlined the difficulties associated with differences in electricity tariffs between European countries. The technology is also already threatened by the introduction of new equipment to enable ships to operate with LNG. This type of fuel has not yet been generally accepted for cruise ships by either the public or industry professionals. There is considerable nervousness about having gas tanks under the passengers’ feet! Whatever happens, the European Commission is inclined to toughen regulations for anti-pollution rules in ports. Onshore power supply, LNG… cruise operators are going to have to adapt. One more reason for a fresh look at the power balance of these vessels. Considerable power savings can still be made, particularly in air-conditioning. It is one of the ways in which cruise ship operators can help with the global environment problem!
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Virtualisation of cruise terminal information systems in Venice
“Venezia Terminal Passageri” hopes that their investment will reduce considerably the risks associated with a breakdown in computer systems, which could potentially cause an interruption in services and a loss of data with disastrous consequences for the company.
Source: La Repubblica
Alotau in Papua-New Guinea preparing to receive cruise ship calls
The Port of Alotau will be restructured by PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) between now and October to enable it to receive the first cruise ships operated by Carnival Australia, one of the biggest operators in the Australian market. This will make it the biggest cruise ship port in the country.
Source: PNG Ports Corporation
The ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam hope to attract new industry through joint development of their pipeline networks
Source: Ports & Harbors
War between Europe’s container ports, will the local economy be a collateral victim?
The European economy is in the doldrums, and the profitability of colossal investments in ultra-modern container terminals is retreating. Who will survive the war between the operators? Nobody knows. One can only hope that local economies will not suffer from these highly optimistic strategies.
Source : Journal of Commerce
Is cruise profitable for the American tax-payer?
Rescue costs for the increasing numbers of incidents involving liners, financial support to companies, and people moving offshore for tax reasons, the USA faces a heavy bill. The adoption of a charter of “Passengers’ Rights” could be the sector’s first response.
Source: Journal de la marine Marchande
Source: Cruise Lines International Association
The absence of intermediate commercial ports and the competition posed by the Panama Canal may limit interest in arctic maritime routes
Source: Le Marin, L’Antenne