An innovation campus in the Dublin Docklands (Ireland)
Google set up shop in the district in 2003, and was soon joined by other global giants including Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Irish government will contribute funding to the Technology Campus of Trinity College Dublin. The project represents a new piece of the innovation district developing in the Grand Canal Quay area. The campus will play a unifying role for the local innovation ecosystem, bringing together the major groups already present, along with start-ups, educational and research institutions, etc.
Action plan for a City Port district in Port-Louis (Mauritius)
The action plan concerns a listed heritage district located on the boundary with the active port. The aim is to create synergies between the development projects of the various stakeholders concerned. A number of projects have been planned to regenerate the existing heritage and create new facilities, including cultural amenities. The plan is being sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Land.
The winning project has been named in the competition we reported on earlier to create an environmentally-friendly, recreational and cultural precinct on the Seoul waterfront (South Korea)
Restoring nature to the city: the Gabiodiv’ project in Lyons (France)
Gabiodiv’ aims to restore aquatic environments and promote biodiversity in and around water courses whose banks have largely been concreted over, in Lyons as in many other port cities. Metal cages are attached to the quayside, with plants placed on them. They will be installed in public areas. The project is intended to have an educational impact and raise public awareness about the importance of natural heritage.
An innovation hub for Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
An innovation ecosystem is set to be created in the east of the city, on the edge of the Saigon river. It will bring together the worlds of academia and research, entrepreneurship, business, and the local community. The 22,000 site earmarked will be developed with six specific zones. They include a former river port, which has been selected to become a showcase for the smart city. Flood risks have also been taken into account. The ambitious project aims to cover a wide range of areas, including economic development, art and culture, research and education, high technology, eco-tourism, food industry, mobility, and resilience, making it a fine source of inspiration for many port cities.
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Buenos Aires (Argentina) is set to be reunited with its river in the Costanera Ideal district
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.
Young maritime professionals will get more opportunities in Panama
A new program named “My first maritime work experience” has been. This program will give to young professionals the opportunity to learn about the different careers in the Panamanian maritime authority. It results of a collaboration between the maritime affairs and labour ministries, inspired by the national initiative “learning by doing”. The directorate of Gente de Mar (People from the Sea), will be in charge of forming the new generations of maritime professionals. The Maritime University of Panamá and the Panamanian Association of Navy Officers selected the first group of 20 trainees from different areas such as nautical sciences, shipbuilding or maritime administration. In the six-month period the young professionals will go through training to later join the different functions under the supervision of staff from the maritime authority.
Showcasing the Port: the observation tower at the Port of Tacoma (USA) has afforded views of the port since 1988, 365 days a year!
International project to facilitate sustainable tourism in Mediterranean coastal areas
Three European ports speed up towards carbon neutrality
Several European ports have presented their plans to reduce their carbon footprint in the coming years. The port of Helsinki (Finland), drafted the Carbon-Neutral Port 2035 including 50 measures, mostly destined to reduce the port’s emissions and those from vessels. These measures combine reducing the energy usage, acquiring energy from carbon-neutral sources and carbon offsets to compensate the remaining emissions. One example of the actions to be taken is the new price list for port operations, including significant “environmental” discounts. The port of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) is even more ambitious, aiming at carbon neutrality in 2030. Its priority is to boost clean energy production at port, such as the new project to generate hydrogen using electrolysis. Amsterdam port is also developing maritime wind energy fields. In Hamburg (Germany), the main terminal operator HHLA, wants to become carbon neutral by 2040, by using green electricity for all its operations. The company already reduced the CO2 emissions of container operations by 30% in 2019, aiming at 50% until 2030. The main challenge will be in the future to make the complete logistic chain carbon neutral.
Whale protection program of the Port of Vancouver (Canada) celebrates 5 years
The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program was created in 2014. It has ever since gathered a broad and diverse group of advisors, under the leadership of the port authority to protect the endangered southern resident killer whales. In order to do so, the ECHO program has measured the noise levels of more than 10 000 ships in the Salish Sea. Over 5000 vessels have voluntarily slowed down or detoured to protect the feeding area of this cetacean from underwater noise. The program also offered resources to help mariners to raise awareness of the effects ships can have on these animals. The program has produced in this period several documents including a “Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises of Wester Canada”, the “Whales in our Waters tutorial” or the app WhaleReport Alert System, besides yearly reports and scientific papers.
Port and food production: Rotterdam and Sète announce new industrial investments in the beverage sector.
Innocent, a leader in the fruit juice industry will be the first company to set up in the Rotterdam Food Cluster. The production will be of 400 million bottles each year for all of Europe. In Sète, the OFW Ships project reaches a new milestone with the installation of a logistics base for the factory vessel dedicated to the desalination and bottling of deep-sea water for consumption. This technology could be developed in many port cities for local markets. The production capacity is 2.5 million liters per 5-day campaign.
Three Belgian ports compete to host a large hydrogen production unit. This energy sector is flying high.
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Moving goods storage closer the dockside to promote soft last mile logistics
With the huge growth in e-commerce, logistics operators are looking to move closer to city centres, while striving to centralise flows of freight as much as possible. With land increasingly scarce and expensive, the profitability of multi-level warehouses such as those in New York is rising, and more and more of these facilities are being built. Another solution is the use of floating warehouses, as demonstrated by the Fludis system currently being trialled in Paris.
Offshore wind: the Port of New York aims to position itself as a logistics hub for the offshore wind industry on the Eastern seaboard.
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The urban heating network around the Hague, powered by residual heat from the port of Rotterdam, will be up and running by 2023.
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Warehouses: developers are faced with increasing demands from clients for sustainability criteria, including for societal issues.
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For the CEO of the Port of Barcelona, the future is about two things: sustainability and terrestrial connectivity. But no limits on activity.
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