Numerous public consultations for Waterfront Toronto
We have previously reported on developments with the vast regeneration project for Toronto’s waterfront district. The organisation “Waterfront Toronto” was set up to implement the project for a resilient port in a former industrial port sector, with much emphasis placed on involving the local community. A number of consultations are now under way, concerning the projects in the Quay Side and PortLands zones, and to update the marine environmental strategy laid out ten years ago. The commitment to consultation and co-construction with the public is fully in line with Goal 4 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda!
Le Havre (France): the grand dock redevelopment enters a new phase
At the interface between the port and the City with its Unesco listed heritage, the nine-hectare Quai de Southampton dock was redeveloped and opened to the public in the summer of 2019. The site has now become a popular promenade and leisure area, while also offering a good introduction to the port itself, as it now houses Le Havre’s Port Center. The second phase of the project was recently launched, and will see the grand dock extended from the MuMa museum of modern art to the marina. By the summer of 2022, there will be nearly 4 kilometres of promenade and sites for local residents and tourists (particularly cruise passengers) to discover.
The Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network calls for the full potential of the many navigable waterways to be redeveloped for travel and tourism
Djibouti: when a port city becomes an international business centre
Construction work on this business district on the site of the former port of Djibouti was officially launched by the country’s President on 8 October. The first phase involves the creation of a hotel, exhibition and conference rooms, along with a marine research centre. Eventually, there will also be a pair of twin towers, shopping mall, marina, cruise terminal, aquarium, and other amenities. Above all, though, the project is about creating a new vision of the port city based on the “Port-Park-City” concept developed by the China Merchant Group, a key partner of Djibouti. Originally created by China Merchants Group for the Chinese port of Shekou, the concept is based on the integrated development of ports, industrial parks, services, and the city. China Merchant Group had already made clear its aim of applying the idea to several ports in Africa, including Djibouti..
A new future for Penang Bay (Malaysia)
The State Government of Penang has organised an international ideas competition for suggestions on building a resilient “City-State” across the island’s different neighbouring districts. The aim is to build on the area’s historic and natural advantages to develop a new type of city, combining culture, nature, economy and new technologies, with an emphasis on innovation. There are also plans for a creative and technology precinct in George Town, while Butterworth is set to get an innovation centre based around the port installations and Penang Sentral multimodal terminal.
The Mayor of Tampico (Mexico) and the Chief Executive of the Port continue their dialogue to promote City-Port integration
Video: the planned Art Gallery of New South Wales on the Sydney waterfront (Australia) will be a sustainable building
Sun glasses made from ocean plastic. The Ocean Cleanup initiative implements a circular economic model, producing products from the plastic they have gathered in the seas
Citizens invited to give their feedback in the new Port Masterplan of San Diego (USA).
Protecting sea turtles in Ghana. Meridian Ports launches its new conservation initiative.
Agreements and projects to link companies and educational offer
Linking educational curricula and labour market needs is not easy. For this reason, we see how port and urban actors are creating different program to close the gap and adjust the educational paths to real labour opportunities. For example, the vocational training initiative “FP Dual – Inmersión Portuaria” started this school year in the port of Valencia (Spain) (Youtube), providing high-school students better opportunities for a career in port companies. In San Antonio (Chile), the port just signed an agreement with the Maritime Commercial high-school Pacífico Sur in order to allow the students to learn closer to the industry and makes internships. On a different level, the port of Tarragona (Spain), is cooperating the university Rovira I Virgili in the Master course dedicated to Logisitic Operation Management, as part of the long-lasting relationship between the educational institution and the port. Another cooperation example can be found in Marseille (France), where Euroméditerranée just signed a collaboration protocol with the region and the employment agency. The goal of the charter is to coordinate their interventions and competences, to support local employment creation in the construction sector, anticipating the needs of the future worksites of the second phase of urban redevelopment project.
New tools to disclose the Port City Culture
This month, the main topic for AIVP is Port City Culture and in the last few days, our members have shown several new projects to disseminate it. In San Antonio (Chile), a new museum dedicated to sea books hosting valuable ancient volumes just opened in the port institutional building. The project will also include a library and a bookshop. In Algeciras (Spain) (PDF), the new multifunctional building that will host a Port Center, museum and innovation center is moving forward, with the call for tender for the assistance to draw up the project in the Lago Marítimo Plan. Another Port Center (YouTube) will open shortly in Côte D’Azur (France), linked to the GrITAccess EU project. It also includes the creation of a Great Tyrrhenian Itinerary to make its maritime heritage accessible. Additionally, you can learn about the new Port Pavilion of the port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in our recent interview. In the meantime, online tools are becoming increasingly accessible, as the port of Tarragona (Spain) shows in the virtual educational programme recently launched with the Port Museum.
Port and City to work together for the development of the outer harbour in San Antonio
Cleaning up the fjord in Oslo. Port works with companies and NGOs to help WWF in their fight against plastic in the oceans
How to invest in Human Capital?
Providing personal developing opportunities is crucial for human capital development. There are numerous examples of port cities, where ports and universities work together to facilitate trainings and educational courses to the employees. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the port just signed a new agreement with the Economic Sciences Faculty of the local University, to allow as well new research cooperation. In Rotterdam we can find other examples of this kind, such as the cooperation between the port and the Erasmus University. In a similar way, the Mauritius Ports Authority has signed a new protocol with the University of Mauritius to created new training programmes that will allow port employees to expand their careers. Other agreements may also support port workers differently, as in the protocol signed between the port of Valparaiso and SENDA in Chile, to prevent drugs and alcohol abuse.
Education is also fundamental to reduce inequalities and increase the diversity of port workers. For that purpose, the Port Authority of New South Wales has launched a new training program designed for Indigenous women, partnering with the not-for-profit organization Tribal Warrior. The port also sponsors the Deck Cadet Program to help young seafarers to kickstart their career. Indeed, engaging younger generations in port city activities is a necessary for developing the local human capital. For that reason, this kind of programs or other initiatives are becoming more common. Another example is the internship program by the Bilbao Puerto y Ría Foundation designed for young graduates. All these efforts only make sense if there are ways to couple job offers and demands, in order to facilitate this, Talent in de Haven 2.0 will take place in Antwerp to facilitate the match between companies and job seekers.
Different ways to discover the port
During the coming weeks, AIVP will focus on port city culture. There are many different ways to enhance the port identity as we have seen recently. In Antwerp, the Havenland Run & Walk 2020 edition will allow participants to run or hike along the Rietveld Kallo nature reserve, viewing the port. The event will take place on November 7th and 8th, adapted with “corona-proof” safety measures. Another example to discover the waterfront can be found in San Diego, USA, where the port is highlighting the arts and culture program, with a series of self-guided tours to experience the art locations. In Fremantle, Australia, the port is organizing free port walks, with the help of volunteers enrolled in a new program, to better educate the public about port operations and the history of Victoria Quay. Another way to culturally link port and city is supporting local initiatives, as the port of Huelva in Spain is doing, collaborating with Ibero-American Film Festival.
The new NextGen District in Antwerp (Belgium) will become a hub for innovative companies, from start-ups to industry leaders, in the field of circular economics
Inter-business cooperation: La Ciotat (France) aims to strengthen its naval cluster to boost competitiveness
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Is the future of ports set to be increasingly circular?
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.
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
Plastic waste: Malaysia negotiates the return of almost 300 containers of waste to their countries of origin.
Full article: Marine Link
Marseille: in addition to cold ironing projects, cruise industry operators are committed to cutting ship sailing speeds
Full article: L’Antenne