Spanish ports against the Covid-19

 Culture and identity 

In Spain, the port of Cartagena has announced an investment of €100k for educational, cultural, sanitary and social projects close to the port environment. Also in Spain, the Port of Barcelona also announced that it will activate the maximum investments to accelerate the post Covid-19 recovery, prioritizing those considering the social, environmental and economic criteria. The Port of Santander has also decided to concede the Embarcadero Palace for solidarity action, from the regional food bank. In Valencia, the Port’s solidarity organization has also increased its actions, responding to the social demands, focusing on food donations. Finally, in the cultural agenda, the Port of Tarragona organized two online events, the “Un mar de peixos” and “Quiz”, including hands and crafts activities and competitions with children, and a quiz to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the port museum in the international days of Museums.

Diario el canal – Cartagena, Portal Portuario – Barcelona, Cantabria Liberal – Santander, Levante EMV –  Valencia, Port of Tarragona

Oslo: a guide to integrating the Port with the City more effectively

 Culture and identity 

At the turn of the 20th century, a wealth of possibilities opened up for urban development both in and around the port of Oslo. A global plan was put together, to ensure the various facilities concerned were aesthetically coherent, whether in terms of signage, roads, the colour of cranes or silos, etc. The plan, created under the aegis of the city of Oslo, brought together the main stakeholders, including the Port itself, local businesses, and others. The aesthetic guidelines ensured a consistent appearance for the port promenade, which now runs along a 9 kilometre stretch of waterfront, while also helping to better integrate the active port.

Port of Oslo

Cultural initiatives in port cities adapting to online content

 Culture and identity 

Responding to the difficult circumstances, many events are being adapted to new platforms. For example, the 2nd edition of the Riga Biennale of Contemporary Art (Latvia) will be transformed into a feature movie, filmed in Andrejsala the former industrial port of Riga. The online platform will provide more content and if the security measures allow it, complement it with visits. In other cases like Genoa (Italy), the port authority has organized online courses about the San Giorgio Palace and the port’s history for students of all ages and interested audience.

Riga Biennal, Port Authority of Genoa

Ports and cities continue their actions against the Coronavirus

 Culture and identity 

As we have seen in the past weeks, ports and cities have joined forces to overcome this crisis. Some ports like San Antonio (Chile), continue their sanitation campaign with the 4th disinfection of the local hospital. Economic measures have been put in place in many ports like Antwerp (Belgium), Algeciras, Ceuta, or Balearic Islands (Spain). Others, like Port of Quebec (Canada), contribute delivering meals to underprivileged families. On the cultural side, port cities have also been quite active. The ports of Barcelona, Tarragona and Málaga (Spain) have presented different initiatives for the online celebration of San Jordi and book day, such as drawing contests, storytelling while also allowing free download of books. In other port cities like Genoa (Italy), the Port Center has been sharing online activities in social media, and the municipality illuminated the historic lighthouse “La Lanterna” with the colour chosen by the winner of a drawing competitions. In Marseille (France), the municipality’s archives has launched the campaign “Memory of Confinement”, to preserve the individual and collective memory of this historical event. One the key message in port cities has been the support to frontline workers, as we saw in Valencia or Saint John. In Valparaiso, Chile, port and city expressed their recognition to the professionals of the logistic and health sector with the sirens and bells from terminals, ships and trucks.

Soy Chile, Offshore Energy, Port of Algeciras, Port of Ceuta, Port of Baleares, Port of Quebec (Twitter), Port of Barcelona, Port of Tarragona Archives (Facebook), Port of Malaga, Genoa Port Center, La Laterna, City of Marseille, Port of Valencia, Port of Saint John, Portal Portuario