After 80 years without maritime works, the lack of available coastal land for port activities and the substantial rise in goods transit mean that one of Chile’s main ports is now in urgent need of redevelopment. The port of Valparaíso has therefore embarked on a series of short and medium-term infrastructure projects, requiring a high degree of interaction with the city.
The solutions identified include regenerating a tourist and commercial waterfront area (Puerto Baron), and designing sustainable new infrastructures for port and logistics activities. To strengthen this synergy with the city and its population, the port of Valparaiso is looking to encourage greater contact between local residents and the port, by organising a variety of social, cultural, recreational and sporting activities in port areas. These activities do however need to be environmentally friendly, while preventing illegal behaviour and ensuring personal safety.
In Valparaiso, fifteen years of experience and a host of cultural, sporting, recreational and other initiatives have shown that it is possible to open part of the port temporarily (10 days per year), with events attracting up to 15,000 visitors in some cases. The port and its concession holders are investing up to US$ 500,000 annually.