A sustainable and smart city? Real-scale test in Copenhagen (Denmark)
EnergyLab Nordhavn was created in 2015 to test energy solutions for a smart city. Use of renewable energies, low-energy buildings, electric mobility, flexible and optimised energy management are just some of the possibilities tested on a real-world scale in the port sector of Nordhavn, which is currently under redevelopment. EnergyLab Nordhavn presents the results of these four years of work in its latest annual report, and sets out recommendations for sustainable energy solutions. A showroom has been created in the former Nordhavn silo to explain their tests and findings. The approach is fully in line with goal number 1 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda, aimed at anticipating the consequences of climate change for port cities!
Consultation for the Port Perry waterfront (Canada)
An initial consultation on the waterfront action plan was held in November 2019. It will be followed by a second this February. The plan recommends short-, medium- and long-term actions concerning leisure activities, natural and cultural heritage, economic development, and tourism. The sector is home to a grain silo that is a listed heritage site. Preserving and re-purposing the silo will be a crucial component of the project.
Invitation to tender for a passenger terminal in Valencia (Spain). The new facility will need to be more sustainable, meeting the expectations of the city’s mayor
Opened in May 2019, the National Maritime Museum of China occupies a waterfront site in Tianjin
The Governor of New York State vetoes plans for a shopping mall at dock 40, preferring to create recreational spaces
Port of Cultures: the city of Marioupol (Ukraine) launches and International competition of Ideas for the multi-functional cultural center that will focus on the local identity.
A new sustainable cruise terminal for Tallinn (Estonia)
Various technical solutions have been studied to achieve the best possible environmental performance for the terminal, taking account of the Nordic climate. They include the use of geothermal and solar energy. Based in the heart of Tallinn’s old port district, the building will also be multi-purpose, capable of hosting conferences, concerts, and other events outside the cruise season. It will also have a children’s play area and a promenade.
Work due to start on the Penang waterfront (Malaysia)
A promenade is set to be created above the sea, allowing residents to see cruise ships, an activity that will also be promoted. New commercial and cultural facilities should be available by 2024, along with a marina. Warehouses considered to be heritage sites will be repurposed.
➜ The Star
Opening up the port: the decision to replace the wall originally planned between the Port and City in Wilmington (USA) with a park has proved to be the right one
Electric connections in the quays of Dunkirk (France) help to reduce the emissions and noise of container ships when docked
Innovative system to clean stormwater developed in a port of New Zealand
Cleaning the air through light in the Port of Barcelona (Spain)
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Rijeka (Croatia): European Capital of Culture enhancing its port City identity
The port city of Rijeka will be one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2020. The title of the program “Port of Diversity” already indicates the connection between the city and its harbour and port culture. Water, work and migration will be the three key vectors for a rich cultural program. A broad network of actors will work together with the municipality to offer concerts, films, theatre and exhibitions along the year. Besides the cultural offer, the project also includes investments in refurbishing industrial heritage buildings to house new cultural facilities such as the new City Museum, the City Library and the Children’s house. The municipality is also cooperating with the Port authority in several projects, including the refurbishment of the Exportdrvo building, a former warehouse that will host several exhibitions. The official opening of European Capital of Culture will be on February 1st in the port, with the Opera Industriale, paying tribute to workers and traditions that have made Rijeka the proud port city of today. This initiative shows the immense value of port city culture and how it can be a vehicle to bring different actors together.
Public consultation for early 2020 on plans for a promenade between the port and city centre of Inverness (UK) to showcase local maritime heritage
Exhibition “Container – the box that changed the world” in Fremantle (Australia), explains how the shipping container impacted the way we live
New book tells the stories of dockworkers in the port of Dublin (Ireland). ‘Dublin Port Diaries’, as it is titled, shows the social impact of the port, gathering memories otherwise lost
University and port work together in Sevilla (Spain)
The new Centre for University Innovation of the Port of Sevilla will be placed in the port territory, counting with 16 million € of EU financing. A committee selected in the beginning of 2020 the first 20 innovation projects, each of them including an industrial PhD. These researches will focus on topics such as renewable energies production and storage, new materials, Internet of things, logistics, blockchain in the food industry or marine detection of hazardous substances. The research projects must be operational before the end of 2021. This initiative shows the path towards fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, a relationship that has not always been easy, but it is crucial to answer to upcoming challenges.
World Bank: Kenya must solve the problem of port congestion in Mombasa. Land-locked countries are calling for another outlet to the sea.
Russian Prime Minister Sees Northern Sea Route Annual Traffic at 10 Million Tons
Port of Los Angeles: energy management will give a competitive edge in the future
On 3 June 2013, the port launched its energy action plan. Reliability of supply, optimisation of consumption, lowering costs, reducing environmental impact, etc. – the object is to increase the port’s independence from the regional electricity industry and guarantee service quality under all circumstances. (photo © aivp)
Source : Port of Los Angeles
Maputo and Transnet reach an agreement on reciprocal use of their facilities to help the rapid economic expansion of southern Africa
Trade diversity, wind generation industries, the environment – the Port of Nantes Saint Nazaire is trumpeting its ambitions
Source : Le Marin
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!