Solutions for turning disuses grain silos into attractive hub
Built between 1906 and 1925, the vast riverside complex of grain silos in Buffalo City (USA) comprises a dozen buildings. Having come to symbolise economic crises and failures for the previous generation, the iconic structures that cement the city and landscape have been targeted by a new generation of artists in search of inspiration. The silos will be turned into apartments, and facilities for the arts community as well: housing, studios, gallery, etc. The silos are a distinctive symbol of Buffalo’s port identity, and the architects will preserve their exterior appearance whilst redeveloping the interiors. The project is part of a wider programme dubbed “Silo City”, one of whose main aims is to make Buffalo a creative city.
The port of Huelva enhances its port heritage for citizens
The Spanish port of Huelva’s plan for the “Muelle de Levante”, which aims to reconnect the port witgh the city, will be debated at the next municipal council meeting. In an area where port activity is on the decline, along a 1 kilometre stretch of the river, is close to the old town. It could host public spaces and recreational areas, as well as a marina and cruise terminal. The fences separating the various port activities will be removed, and the new buildings will need to be integrated with the quay’s historic and industrial features (cranes, warehouses) in a seamless and aesthetically pleasing way. The public will once again be able to access the water and enjoy views of the port.
The revival of the former Tour & Taxis passenger terminal in Brussels (Belgium) is beginning to take shape, with its heritage aspects set to be showcased.
A decade on from the redevelopment of the former port of Rio (Brazil), “Porto Maravilha” has failed to keep its promises for social housing
The Mayor of Hamburg unveils plans for a new district in Hafen City
“Grasbrook” will provide homes for 6,000 residents and create over 16,000 jobs. Located in the port activity zone, the new district has been intentionally designed as a mixed-use zone, with housing, schools, offices and retail spaces. The 46 hectare site will be split into three sectors. One of them, the Hafentorquartier, will act as a transition zone for the port activities present and will accommodate research and development activities and start-ups. The new housing will be required to meet the environmental standards already applied in the East zone of HafenCity, such as the use of solar energy and e-mobility solutions. Attractive green and public spaces will also be created along the waterfront.
Urban planning: tackling flood risks from the design stage
Hull is the second most at-risk city in the UK when it comes to flooding. A competition was launched to find ways of countering the risk in the planned redevelopment of Humber Quays West. The winning project, dubbed “Harper Perry”, proposes solutions to absorb and hold floor waters, before allowing them to drain off slowly via the promenades, amphitheatre-shaped public spaces, and parks. The competition site also shows the solutions suggested by the other candidates.
The first luxury apartments created in Liverpool’s famous Tobacco Warehouse (UK) have been delivered, offering a new lease of life for the historic building
European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) will have its permanent headquarter in the Port of Algeciras (Spain)
New public participation process announced for 2020 in the port of San Antonio (Chile) for the megaport project
Port interpretation center created in Palma de Mallorca (Spain): the new cultural facility will explain the history of the port and will be hosted in a refurbished historical building.
Historic images of the port of Dublin (Ireland) foster engagement with the citizens
Port of Dublin launched a special communication campaign featuring dozens of photographs from the 1920s to the 1960s. The images, disclosed now for the first time, show the life and working of the port of Dublin during the first half of the 20th century. The archive of the port of Dublin contains 75 000 photographs and 30 000 engineering drawings, besides maps and other documents. The origin of the disclosed photographs remains a mystery and the port has made a public call for members of the docklands community to help identify the author. This action fosters a new engagement with the local community, highlighting the port identity of the city.
New food cluster created in Bahia Blanca (Argentina)
The port authority of Bahia Blanca met with stakeholders representing different sectors in the food production and logistic chain to set the foundation of the new food cluster. This initiative is framed in the port vision 2040. The goal of the cluster is to raise collaboration and efficiency between the different actors in the chains, increase the competitiveness of the local production and its export capacity. The cluster will also seek collaboration with innovative technology companies and research institutions including universities, focused on food production and export, that could result in new start-ups in the sector. This initiative shows the commitment of the port of Bahía Blanca with the AIVP Agenda 2030, that they recently ratified.
Port of Valencia (Spain) leads the implementation of hydrogen generated energy in container terminals in Europe
Port of Venice (Italy) welcomes schoolchildren and artists for an educational project
The port authority of Venice (Italy) took part in the educational project the “Alphabet of Marghera”, within its Open Port program. The port was responsible for explaining the letter “P” of the Alphabet, taking the children and one artist to discover the Port and inspire the final colourful painting. The project involved 600 children from local schools, artists and entrepreneurs, to promote the sustainable development of Marghera, with artistic installations. The port of Venice celebrates this year the 20th anniversary of its Open Port. This kind of initiatives contribute to goal 6 of the Aivp Agenda 2030: Disclosing port culture and identity.
EU project “Smooth Ports” launched to reduce the impact of road traffic in port areas
This European project was launched in Hamburg and will extend until 2023 as part of the Interreg program. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions from port-related road traffic by improving regional policy instruments. Smooth Ports will focus on three main topics: optimizing clearance procedures of goods, traffic information and communication technologies and use of alternative fuels in port activities. Besides the lead partner, the Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation of Hamburg, among the partners are also two AIVP members, Ports of Nantes Saint Nazaire (FR) and Livorno (IT).
Port of Museum of Tarragona will be expanded as part of the celebration of 150th anniversary of the port of Tarragona (Spain). The celebration program will include other four main cultural events.
New Sustainable Procurement Plan implemented in the Port of Gijón (Spain). All new contracting or provisions will be assessed taking into consideration the environmental impact
Hamburg: the “Port feeder Barge” project for transporting containers into the port zone by river is still in the news
Valenciennes: The new container barge terminal presents itself as a hub for Dunkirk, Zeebrugge and Antwerp.
Source : L’Antenne
France, Ports of the Seine: Territorial consolidation must take place over a 30 or 40 year strategy
The Regional Environmental and Social Economic Council (CESER) of Haute Normandie called for the deeper integration of ports to form part of the economic development strategy. It advocates efficient collaboration between stakeholders based around a shared long-term vision and recommends reaching out to citizens via the creation of Port Centers. (photo : AIVP)
Source: Conseil Economique et Social de Haute Normandie
Slow growth for port activity in Latin American and the Caribbean during 2012.
Traffic changes and the short-term decline of ports: ISEMAR focusses on European port economics.
Santa Fe: Consolidating the strategic role of the port for the Argentinean economy
At the beginning of June 2013, the Argentinean Government signalled that the construction of a new port terminal in Santa Fe was a priority. The project shall be situated outside of the city and served by a new railway access. The aim is to make the most of the port’s location at the crossroads between Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia in order to create added value and jobs.
Source : NuestroMar
Liège Trilogiport multimodal platform: works to begin on 28th June 2013; opening planned for 2015. 2000 jobs to be created.
The project will enable the region to transfer a greater quantity of traffic to the waterways, whilst guaranteeing territorial, economic, social and environmental coherence in the Wallonia Region. Cooperation with the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam to be strengthened. (photo © PAL)
Source : Port Autonome de Liège
Baltic ports gradually positioning themselves at the heart of globalisation
These northern European ports have traditionally shied away from globalisation. Regional dynamism, however, has led to a significant increase in Baltic maritime traffic. Its ports are at the crossroads that strengthen both North-South links within Europe and European links with Asia. (photo © AIVP).
Source : Géoconfluences, Nicolas Escah et Arnaud Serry
Guayaquil: Weakness of port access points damaging the regional and national economy
The port community wants to deepen the port access channel which handles 70% of the country’s exports. If this is not done, business people could look towards Peruvian or Colombian ports. AIVP will have the opportunity to consider this situation when it visits Guayaquil in early July. (photo © AIVP).
Source : Expreso
Ports on the Elbe launch joint marketing campaign
5 economic and port zones situated along the mouth of the River Elbe in the north of Germany are being united under one logo. The marketing campaign, led by Hafen Hamburg Marketing, should allow the different German ports to position themselves within a regional grouping which enhances each of their individual strengths..
Nouveau site: http://www.elbe-seaports.com/
Source: Hafen Hamburg Marketing