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23 March 2020

The new urban mobility guidelines from the World Economic Forum emphasizes the importance of collaboration between actors to reduce emissions and improve transport networks

World Economic Forum, Intelligent Transport

Euromediterranée Ville durable
23 March 2020

Phase 2 of the Euroméditerranée project in Marseilles (France): moving towards a resilient city

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Euroméditerranée has signed a framework agreement with the firm Leclercq Associés, partnered with Setec, to act as urban planning and design consultants for specific districts concerned by this vast development project. They will look closely at strategy on housing and public spaces. The wider aim is to design what could be the sustainable Mediterranean city, one capable of meeting the challenges posed by climate change. AIVP members will no doubt want to keep a close eye on the process and the resulting solutions.
(Euroméditerranée and Setec International are both AIVP members).

Le Moniteur ; Euroméditerranée

Docklands Liverpool Ten Streets
23 March 2020

A creative district at Liverpool Docks (UK)

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The old warehouse district of Ten Streets, in the north of Liverpool, are set for a new lease of life with artists’ workshops and new spaces for cultural businesses. Already a number of events have been held there, and one of the warehouses is now home to a market dedicated to art, fashion and furnishings. Two other redevelopments are planned at either side of the creative district, in the Liverpool Docklands: the Liverpool Waters programme, and 550 residential units to be built in Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse.

Liverpool Echo

23 March 2020

The Port of San Diego (USA) organises a public consultation to define a brand image for the Chula Vista project

My news LA ; Port of San Diego

23 March 2020

The Port of Dakhla (Morocco) set to be redeveloped for yachting and passenger activities

Le 360

23 March 2020

Audio guides to (re)discover the history of various places in Puerto Madero, the redeveloped district in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Clarin

18 March 2020

International call for tenders to design a business district in an abandoned waterfront district in Thessaloniki (Greece)

Alumil

18 March 2020

Morocco’s National Ports Agency launches a study aimed at opening up the old port of Safi and integrating it more effectively into its urban environment

Le matin

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Citizen Port

23 March 2020

Cruise ships transformed into hospitals for Coronavirus patients

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The cruise sector has been at the center of several negative news during the corona crisis. However, it can also be part of the solution and positive news. In the past days several major cruise lines and ferry operators like MSC, Carnival or Moby have offered several ships to be transformed into emergency hospitals, releasing the pressure from land-based hospitals and healthcare systems around the globe. The most concrete example of this measure is taking place in Genoa, Italy. MSC proposed that the MSC Opera cruise ship and three ferries from GNV (Superba, Suprema e Splendid), a company they own, could be transformed in just 10 days. In this action MSC collaborated with the region, the municipality, RINA (certification company) and the port. The first case has been the Splendid, already prepared to host the first 25 patients that have overcome the most serious phase of the COVID-19 but must remain in isolation. The ship could potentially up to 400 hospital beds and a reanimation and intensive care unit in its hangar. This operation shows other side of cruises and the capacity to cooperate of port city actors in crisis situations.

ANSA, AGI, Carnival, Informazioni Marittime, The Medi Telegraph

23 March 2020

Open Innovation Challenge for green logistics and sustainability organized by the Thinkport Vienna (Austria). Ideas can be submitted until May 17th on the three main topics: Location of inland ports in energy, logistics and innovation; services for urban logistics and cities; and connectivity exploring waterways as supply routes.

Think Port Vienna

23 March 2020

The Clean Production Agreement (Acuerdo de Producción Limpia) of the Logistic Community of San Antonio (Chile) achieves excellent results after two years. 100% of the companies in the community are monitoring the sustainability indicators and 73% of them have reduced its carbon footprint.

Portal Portuario

18 March 2020

Plastic Whale: a company in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) is “fishing” for plastic in the city’s canals and transforming it in furniture and boats.

Plastic Whale

18 March 2020

Generating clean energy from the wave movement in Valparaíso (Chile)

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Since the beginning of March 2020, the new prototype BAM II will be tested in the Barón Pier of the Chilean port city. The new machine, developed by Maestranza Diesel and Asmar with the support of the port authority, could generate up to 3 kW. This is the second prototype from the same consortia, replacing the first one installed in late 2018. One of the main advantages of this new system is that it does not causes any negative impact on the environment since it does not use any fuel, nor produces any emissions. At a larger scale it could be a proper solution of green energy along for isolated companies or communities along Chilean coast. Several companies are currently exploring the movement of waves as a potential source of clean energy, like Eco Wave, making port cities a crucial area for the energy transition.

Acera, El Mercurio, Revista Electricidad, Maestranza Diesel

18 March 2020

Citizens from Valencia (Spain) can now explore the port’s archives in a new digital platform

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The port of Valencia has joined forces with Microsoft and ENCAMINA to develop PUBLICARME, a new digital tool to explore the historical archives of the port. This new platform includes more than 10 000 historical documents from the mid-19th century until the 1940s. PUBLICARME uses artificial intelligence to read the text from the documents and improve the research process. Additionally, the platform also establishes connection between the content of the document, speeding up potential investigations. The digital copies will be stored in a cloud system, guaranteeing the safety of their content beyond the paper’s integrity. PUBLICARME recently received the @asLan award for digital transformation. Port archives are cultural resource yet to be explored in most port cities. The port of Dublin (Ireland) has also invested in disclosing its archives and is planning a new facility. Lisbon, in Portugal, inaugurated last year a new building with the archives of its port and Setubal, in Barreiro. These initiatives facilitate the contacts of local citizens with port culture.

Archivo Histórico Valencia Port, Aslan, Press Relesase (PDF)

11 March 2020

Culture and Students in the port

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School visits and cultural events remain one of the main activities to bring younger generations to the port. In the case of Setubal (Portugal), the School Project of the port authority brought more than 750 students in 2019 from schools all over the country. The port of Tarragona (Spain) is intensifying the its cultural program with the occasion of its 150th anniversary including visits and the refurbishment of the port museum. On February 28th was the main institutional event, gathering 800 persons from the port community, companies, region, municipality, but also the neighbours. Last year, was the turn of the port of Barcelona and Trieste to celebrate the 150th and 300th anniversary, respectively, also with an intense cultural program for the citizens.

Portos de Portugal, Metropoli Abierta, Port of Trieste, Port of Tarragona

11 March 2020

Amsterdam’s water canals are becoming cleaner. The famous canal boats are being converted to use electric power, reducing the emissions. At the same time, the port authority has launched a floating battery service to bring electric power to provide clean energy for the port and the city.

Port of Amsterdam, Safety4Sea

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Enterprise-driver Port

26 November 2019

The new port of Trellenborg (Sweden) will generate 50% of its energy needs from wind and solar power.

Port of Trellenborg

19 November 2019

Offshore wind: port cities are not resting on their laurels!

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For the International Energy Agency, investments in offshore wind are set to reach 900 billion euros by 2040, with a 15-fold increase in generation capacity by 15. While Europe is leading the way, port cities all over the world are taking a proactive approach to the issue, including in the United States, despite the Trump administration’s reluctance. Not a week goes by without some major project or initiative being announced, at varying stages of advancement from one country to the next, or even from one port to the next, depending on the extent to which the industry has developed locally. Examples announced in recent days include the creation of logistics hubs in Connecticut (USA) and France, prototype installations in Spain, and energy conversion strategies in Japan

Le Marin 1 (IEA)  / IEA / Renews (Connecticut) / Le Marin 2 (Caen) / El Mercantil (Santander) / Inhabitat (Fukushima) / PVTech (Fukushima)

19 November 2019

Mexico: on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, ports are working together to forge coherent development strategies.

America Economia

19 November 2019

Five ports in Andalusia (Spain) table a joint bid to operate the dry port of Cordoba, with a view to increasing the share of rail transport in port logistics.

El Mercantil

19 November 2019

Recycling tyres in Rotterdam (Netherlands), or concrete in Taiwan: ports are showing what they can do for the circular economy.

Port of Rotterdam / TIPC Ltd

13 November 2019

Inter-business cooperation: La Ciotat (France) aims to strengthen its naval cluster to boost competitiveness

Le Marin

13 November 2019

Clean marine fuels: Maersk set to test bioethanol, with the carbon footprint of LNG still difficult to estimate.

Flows / Lloyd’s List

12 November 2019

Is the future of ports set to be increasingly circular?

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Two recent studies have examined the theory. In Rotterdam, all flows of raw materials and waste were identified for businesses in the port zone. The aim now is to optimise the way residual flows are processed, with potential for environmental, economic and social benefits. A second report focusing on European circular urban ports mapped out eleven port cities, using a standardised methodology. For each of the cities studied, which included both river and sea ports, the report identified best practices and summarised the strategies adopted.

Port of Rotterdam / Circular City Ports (pdf report)

30 October 2019

Strasbourg wants to rely on river transport for more sustainable urban logistics.

Since May 2018, a terminal has been set up at the Quai des Pécheurs in the heart of the metropolis for the needs of a construction site. The City wants now to go further today and is calling for projects to make this terminal a platform for low-carbon urban logistics. The terminal shall operate on a daily basis in perfect harmony with other urban and tourist uses of the waterway. This project is part of the Strasbourg climate plan. Full article: VNF / NPI