New York, Hunter’s Point: a resilient waterfront park
The second phase of the South Waterfront Park project has been completed. Designed by SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi, the development occupies a 4.45 hectare former industrial site. In addition to housing a variety of recreational facilities, it will also help protect the city against heatwaves or storms, a resilient approach that can also be seen in the recently completed Domino Park in Brooklyn.
Full article : Inhabitat (+ images)
Liège: trade fair halls on the site of the planned eco-quarter on the edge of the Meuse river are to be relocated, while 6.5 km of bank are to be set aside for a promenade
Full article : RTBF
London: green light for five-year plans to develop the 112 hectare site at the future Royal Docks Entreprise Zone
The main aim is to make the site attractive both for economic activities and culture. Altogether, some 35,000 skilled jobs could be created for residents of London and Newham, while there are also plans for 4,000 new homes. It is hoped the project will bring in £5 billion of foreign inward investment by 2037/2038.
In Trondheim (Norway), pedestrians and cyclists will soon able to take an autonomous electric ferry across the canal
Full article : New Atlas (+ video)
Amsterdam: plans for a 1.5 km, urban cable car link designed by UN Studio above the IJ
Full article : Dezeen (+ images)
Bourgas (Bulgaria): work on the new Congress Centre officially gets under way
The complex will also include a Research Centre for Control and Exploration the Black Sea. The six-storey building will be based in the eastern part of the port, and will also host exhibitions, concerts, and a variety of educational activities. The project forms part of moves to open urban areas up to the sea once more and redevelop industrial or port zones as part of the city’s master plan. Opening planned for 2020.
Full article : Bulgarian Ports
Stockholm Royal Seaport: a building designed by Herzog and de Meuron to combine 317 apartments with public spaces on the site of a former gas holder
Full article : World Architecture News (+ images)
Orillia (Ontario, Canada): Smart Kiosk, a vast touchscreen set up on the waterfront to inform local residents and visitors
Full article : Orillia matters
Liverpool: a Maritime Knowledge Hub
The Hub will be one of the cornerstones of Wirral Waters, the regeneration scheme for the south bank of the Mersey. The aim is to make the hub a leading global centre for research, innovation, education and training in the maritime industries. Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has been selected for the project. The Hub will include two buildings, including the 19th century Hydraulic Tower, which will be restored and refurbished, while there will also be a major focus on green spaces, including roof terraces.
Lorient: this summer, the port circuits will continue to offer programmes for exploring the port and its different facets
Full article: CCSTI
The Port of Oakland publishes its new “Objective zero emissions” plan.
Full article: Port of Oakland
A self-driving vehicle will be running by 2019, to take cruise passengers to the centre of Le Havre.
Full article: Actu.fr
Plans for a desalination plant at the Port of Corpus Christi spark major concerns among local residents
To anticipate the potential need for water and to encourage inward investment, the Port has already decided to file a planning application. The move quickly drew criticism from environmental organisations and local residents, who fear the plant will have a serious impact on marine wildlife and endanger the regional fishing industry.
Full article: EU.caller
The Port of Gothenburg has embarked on a project to replant seagrass, as a compensatory measure to accompany the construction of a new terminal.
Full article: Port of Goteborg
Fincantieri to build two LGN-powered cruise liners for the company TUI, with delivery scheduled for 2024 and 2026.
Full article: Fincantieri
The Port, University and Maritime Institute of Singapore invest S$18 million in a new Research Centre
Dubbed the “Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP)”, the facility will focus on the needs of industry, developing integrated systems and simulation platforms, as well as research into self-driving vehicles, traffic systems and flow optimisation.
Full article: Asia Today
The Tourist Board in Aarhus (Denmark) announces plans for 1300 local volunteers to greet cruise passengers
Full article: Cruise Industry
For ensuring zero emission at berth, Grimaldi chooses renewable energies for its Roro ships
Full article: Knud E. Hansen
The CNR and the Lyon Metropolis reinforce their partnership and make the port one of the main assets of their territorial strategy.
Full article: CNR
The Port of Aalborg is encouraging a circular economy and the recycling industry
No less than 16 companies installed in the port are involved in this industry. It is taking on a real strategic importance for the port, which sees it as having great potential for the future. The companies have been regrouped in the same sector of the port to take advantage of synergies and to support a consistent environmental policy. Denmark imports 1.15 Mt of waste per year, mainly from Great Britain, where there is a shortage of treatment capacity.
Full article: Port of Aalborg
After USA and Sweden, Germany is looking at the electrification of some motorways to take electric trucks.
Full article: El Vigia
Brooklyn gets a new port vocation, with a large focus on serving the domestic economy, while it could also become a new centre for the wind power industry.
Full article: The Maritime Executive
The Occitania Region of France is hoping to re-launch port activity by forming a federation between researchers and economic and political actors.
Full article: Le Marin, 17 mai 2018; Supp., p4
IMO creates a working group on autonomous vessels which should deliver its conclusions by the end of 2018.
Full article: Le Marin
All Spain’s ports set to be operational for LNG bunkering by 2020 in anticipation of the transition to hydrogen.
Full article: El Vigia
Between plastics and ship waste, the challenges around waste in ports are reaching critical point
Since the start of the year, China’s restrictive policy on plastic waste imports has been causing a build-up at European ports, where storage areas are becoming gradually saturated. Some countries are looking at landfill as a temporary solution. Elsewhere, such as at the Port of Amsterdam, new possibilities are being found, including turning waste into fuel. At the same time, Europe’s ports are calling for new legislation on the collection of ship waste to include higher taxation.