Heritage as an asset
The specific identity of our port cities comes mainly from their port heritage. Re-using that heritage to redevelop a site and enhance its appeal is a strategy that features regularly in our publications. Currently, some new examples have been seen. These include redeveloping warehouses and converting them for new uses, such as the Fénix Museum in Rotterdam or concert halls in Brussels. Also in the Belgian capital, the former Tour&Taxis ferry terminal which dates from the early 20th century is set to be turned into offices, shops and leisure facilities, housed in a sustainable building. These transformative projects are also an opportunity for architects to suggest ways of increasing urban density, by grafting new additions onto existing buildings. Examples include a former industrial mill in Dublin, and an old shipbuilding plant in Brisbane. Investors are often among the first to spot the potential offered by existing heritage, as shown with the buildings recently put up for sale at the listed Sullivans Cove site in Hobart (Tasmania).
The winning design for the new passenger terminal in Valencia (Spain) has been announced
The Port of Valencia has opted for the project proposed by Baleària. Due to be built on the site of a former shipyard, the sustainable terminal will be powered by renewable energy and will be 100% self-sufficient. It will also house a centre for innovation and eco-efficiency, along with a cultural space. The Mayor of Valencia has suggested creating a tunnel to access the terminal, in addition to a pedestrian and cycle route, as a way of reducing the building’s impact on the local landscape. The port has given the green light and is set to carry out a technical feasibility study.
The Port of Amsterdam official opens a sustainable, “circular” building using geothermal energy, solar power, specially chosen materials, …
In Ghent (Belgium), a primary school and crèche are under construction at a disused port site
The port of Dublin: ever closer integration with the City
The Port of Dublin has unveiled the Liffey-Tolka project, with plans for a 1.4 km dedicated cycle and pedestrian route between the river Liffey and the Tolka estuary, through Dublin port lands. It will bring cyclists and pedestrians from the Liffey to the start of a second Port-City integration project, the Tolka Estuary Greenway, a 3.2 km route along the northern perimeter of the port. These green links will provide safe thoroughfares while providing better views of the port and its activities, symbolising the commitment to Port-City integration highlighted by the Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, Eamon O’Reilly. That commitment is also reflected in the masterplan for 2040, with plans for the Alexandra Dock area including the redevelopment of a former flour mill. It will house spaces to present the port archives and its current activities, two 300-seat performance venues, working and studio spaces for artists and exhibition spaces.
New governance for the Deux-Rives project in Strasbourg (France), with a new president and joint management by the SPL (publicly-owned local development corporation) and the SEM (public-private partnership)
The City of El Puerto (Spain) looks to regain control of its river
The Mayor of El Puerto and the President of the Port of Cadiz have together unveiled plans to redevelop the area along both banks of the Guadalete. The project includes a new riverside promenade running for 1.7 km along the right bank, which will be divided into ten zones designed to showcase the city’s identity, including traditional shipbuilding and wine. Information points, public stages for cultural events and performances, as well as new green spaces, landscaped areas and sports and leisure facilities will be available by 2022. Meanwhile on the left bank, water sports activities will be developed, and the fishing port will be integrated. The local population will be invited to participate in the projects.
Boston looks to tackle climate change
The recently opened public debate provided an opportunity to look at the various options and solutions for the different waterfront precincts, in response to the short, medium and long term challenges posed by rising sea levels and flooding caused by climate change. So-called “resilience” solutions discussed with residents and businesses in the districts affected include raising sections of the waterfront, and some roads and cycle lanes, raising existing public spaces or creating new ones, redeveloping the port promenade, and installing new coastal protection measures. Most of these solutions should be completed by 2030.
The fisherman’s wharf (Muelle Pescadores) of Bahía Blanca (Argentina) will be refurbished by the Port Authority to improve the working conditions of the fishing community and welcome visitors.
The port of Port of Trois-Rivières (Canada) supports local artists by acquiring the Hommage au Saint-Laurent collection of canvas artworks.
How to improve the water quality while protecting the biodiversity?
Water quality is one of the priorities in port cities and there are many ways to improve it. In the Balearic Islands (Spain), the Port has deployed an innovative system to collect marine waste that includes a catamaran powered by solar energy, a semi-rigid hybrid boat and a modern electric drone to reach the most inaccessible areas. Nature-based solutions are also possible, as it is visible in the port of Gothenburg (Sweden), where the port planted eelgrass beds. These serve as protection for several fish species, while at the same time help to improve water quality and protect beaches from erosion. It is also necessary to monitor closely the quality of the water for submarine species. One positive example of this is the port of Ceuta (Spain) that is promoting the Sentinel Stations project in the port area through marine biological indicators, such as microalgae, sedimentation or the concentration of micro-plastics.
Innovative mobility in port cities: logistics, waterbuses and bus stops
French water transport is increasingly relevant in construction site logistics. Key stakeholders, including HAROPA and the municipality, are collaborating to promote river logistics for the Olympic Games of 2024 in Paris, including the construction of the Olympic village. In Strasbourg (France), 6 tonnes of paving stones have been delivered for the first time using barges and bicycles took place, reducing the impact of construction material logistics. Innovative logistics also concerns passengers, such as the new waterbuses in the Province of South Holland, since 6 will be hybrid and 3 electric. User’s experience is one of the key aspects in public transport, as it is clear in the new self-sufficient bus stops financed by port authority of Algeciras (Spain). The new canopies include solar panels to power the lighting and will allow the user to charge its phone while waiting for the bus.
Online debate about port city heritage organized by Venice Port
In the framework of the European Project REMEMBER, the port of Venice is organizing an online event on the 24th of November at 10:00 (CET) entitled “Cultural heritage as a driver of port cities’ sustainable development”. This online talk, will include the intervention of the Special Commissioner of Venice Port, Mr Pino Musolino, UNESCO’s assistant director, Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramírez; Prof. Carola Hein and AIVP’s International Project Manager José M P Sánchez to share ideas about Port Centers. The project REMEMBER is focused on making natural and cultural heritage a leverage for sustainable and more balanced territorial development. Several AIVP members are involved, including the ports of Venice, Trieste and Dubrovnik.
National Institute of Social Services and Port Authority sign an agreement in Bahía Blanca (Argentina) to strength the bond of the elderly with the city and the port with new actions.
Solidarity in the Vieux Port of Montreal (Canada). The Port will help the homeless in the Grand Quai with shelter, meals and health service.
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The quest for innovation of the Port of Algeciras, member of AIVP, rewarded by a European prize
The 2020 edition of the ESPO awards for social integration of ports focused on innovation strategies and capacity of ports to attract start-ups into its ecosystem. The online award ceremony took place last week, recognizing the good work done by the Port of Algeciras (Spain), particularly the “the Innovation Journey” project. This project is part of a broader innovation strategy that will help the port to exceed its traditional roles as a landlord, and turn it into a business and efficiency partner. It will contribute to the port-city relationship, by creating new jobs for the local population. This broader strategy is complemented with a physical facility that will include a Port Center.
The other 3 finalists were the Port of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Puertos del Estado (Spain) and Port of Lisbon (Portugal), all AIVP members as well. Their projects included respectively the Prodock, an innovation hub focused on circular economy, the Ports 4.0 Fund, a national program to foster open innovation in the port-logistics ecosystem and the Ocean Campus, an ambitious plan for the waterfront creating an ecosystem of excellence in RD&I, bringing together researchers, entrepreneurs, main companies, academics and experts in the sea-related field.
AIVP was part of the jury evaluating the project, as it has been since the first edition of the award.
Citizens invited to express their opinions in Saint-Malo (France). The region of Brittany is hosting a consultation process including physical meetings and online tools.
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
The port of Brest is positioning itself as a logistic and industrial hub for both fixed and floating offshore wind farms
Source : Journal de la Marine Marchande, 17 mai 2013
Industrial ecology implemented within port areas: a strategy for the future, a reality at an international scale
Industrial and territorial ecology, a strategic means for differentiation adapted to port areas issues
Industrial ecology seeks to optimize the total material and energy cycle by the means of synergies between companies: concretely, the effluent of one process serves as the raw material for another process. Industrial symbiosis requires new governance and partnership within a territory. At an international scale, more and more examples of industrial by-product exchanges and resource sharing facilities can be observed.
Harbor territories more and more integrate industrial ecology into their development strategies as a lever for differentiation in a global competitive context.
Industrial and territorial ecology questions port authorities as well as local stakeholders upon multiple issues concerning their development strategies: ground for the development of services and utilities for the industrial sector, it appears as a vehicle to attract and maintain new industrial activities. Source for innovation and environment integration, it appears as a medium to collaborate with local stakeholders. Interface between multiples expectations and skills, it appears as a lever to restore the links between ports and cities.
The industrial ecology approach developed in the port area of Terneuzen, stands for an illustrative example. Within the Biopark Terneuzen framework, companies spontaneously develop synergies: for instance, WarmCO2 is a co-operation between Zeeland Seaports, Yara and pipe installer Visser & Smit Hanab, delivering water for heating and, CO2 for enrichment, to a horticultural greenhouse nursery in order to improve crop growth. Zeeland Seaports supports, facilitates and spreads this dynamic to the whole port area by creating a “Multi-Utility provider”, a vast underground pipeline network enabling flows exchanges between local companies in order to create an industrial symbiosis.
Toward the diffusion of best practices and the networking of port stakeholders at an international scale
The wide range of territorial contexts, at an international scale, allows harbor authorities and stakeholders to explore various opportunities to optimize the management of material and energetic flows. If competition among ports at an international scale is a reality, sustainable development issues open a pathway toward new collaborations. It questions the production and sharing of knowledge in a globalization context as well as the networking and capitalization dynamic of collective innovative opportunities in terms of resource management.
In order to enhance the understanding of these issues, a working team composed of academics (Ecole des Mines d’Alès) and operational actors (M-Atome) of industrial and territorial ecology in France, co-funded by the French environmental agency (ADEME), accomplishes until may 2012, a first inventory of international initiatives and a cross analysis of innovative cooperation in terms of resource management in Northern America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Nourishing existing networks contributions, such as those lead by the AIVP, partner of this project, this will allow identifying levers and limits to the implementation of such cooperation in harbor areas: which anchor actors? What relevant position for port authorities in such approaches? What specific opportunities of synergies for port areas? What financial funding for their implementation? What context benefits synergies between companies? What real impacts in terms of resource management? Etc.
Nicolas Mat, Coordinateur de projet d’écologie industrielle et territoriale, M-Atome
Guillaume Junqua, maître assistant, LGEI, Ecole des mines d’Alès
Juliette Cerceau, doctorante, LGEI, École des mines d’Alès
Maasvlakte 2 €150 million cheaper than estimated. The port is growing 20% larger, the container capacity has doubled
The port of Hamburg is the economic lung of the metropolitan region and a vital partner for industry
As a port with world-wide connections, the Port of Hamburg is an essential factor for business creation. 155,000 jobs depend directly and indirectly on port activity. It is estimated that for every Euro invested in the port, 0.71 additional Euros are invested in other sectors. Source: Hamburger Abendblatt
L.A.’s next Mayor: final candidates have noted the monstrous import of the port as an economic issue.
The candidates undertake to maintain investment levels in the port and promote the creation of direct jobs, and also to do research into green transport or technologies. Strong, transparent collaboration with the local community is also expected.