How can ports halve emissions by 2030? Hint: cooperation is crucial

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The North Sea Port and the Port of Antwerp have launched new projects to drastically reduce the emissions. The project Antwerp@C led by the port of Antwerp brings together leaders of the chemical and energy industries to find viable solutions to reduce emissions in the port, by capturing and utilising or storing CO2. The project started in late 2019, and next step is looking for EU subsidies. In the North Sea Port, a cross border consortium led by Smart Delta Resources, with the support of several companies and the port authority is taking steps to drastically reduce the emissions in the port city region. The goal is to capture CO2 and reuse or store it underground. These methods would reduce this kind of emissions by 30%. The current stage is a feasibility study to be completed until the end of the year.

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Port Cities of San Antonio and Valparaíso show their commitment with local community

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Both leading Chilean ports have deployed several key actions in recent weeks to support workers, children and small business owners. As we saw in previous newsletters, drawing contests have been a popular measure to entertain children and keep the contact with the port. Almost 600 children participated in the competition organized by the port of Valparaíso with the local art museum. In a similar way, the port of San Antonio is inviting children aged 6-13 to participate in their competition “draw your port from home”, co-organized with the local newspaper. From a social perspective, both ports have extended their support during this crisis. They have continued with sanitation actions and helped port workers with food packages and vaccination campaigns. Additionally, the port of San Antonio also decided to significantly reduce the rent for local craftsmen with shops in the waterfront.

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The fight against Covid-19 continues in Chilean Port Cities

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In past newsletters and interviews we have seen the major port cities of Chile, San Antonio and Valparaíso, have been very active against the effects of the Covid-19 in the local communities. Other smaller ports are also playing an important role to protect workers and citizens. In Arica, the port authority installed an isolation unit for workers that may have been infected. In Puerto Ventanas, the port organized a webinar about house hold measures to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus.

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Economy and social support continues in Port Cities

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As in previous weeks, we are increasingly seeing new economic support programs for port companies, to protect employees. The Port of Venice announced that it will allow the suspension of the fees for all companies that operate in its territory, besides the terminal operators that were already protected by previous initiatives. In other countries like USA, the port of Corpus Christi has given a subsidy to a non-profit organization to provide micro-loans for small companies in the county. In France, HAROPA (Port Authority of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris), has released a port-Covid-19 support program to help companies to re-launch their activities. On another level, the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, is focusing on crew’s mental health. The Port Authority and Deltalinqs is encouraging the support to organizations active in the field. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the situation of seafarers is becoming dramatic due to the delay of crew changes.

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Port City actors against the effects of Coronavirus

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Port of Saint John (Canada) supports the local emergency food program with a monetary donation and housing the project in the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal. At the same time, in Antofagasta (Chile), the port also offered its facilities to organize the logistic operation to distribute emergency kits for the most vulnerable populations. Another solidarity action took place in the port of Barcelona (Spain), where the dockworkers donated €143k to the regional health system to fight the coronavirus.

A silent victim of the COVID-19 crisis are seafarers trapped at sea. While ships continue sailing, the strict rules dictated by the Coronavirus has difficulted the crew replacement. This has resulted in more than 100 000 seafarers trapped in the own ships while waiting for the change. Fortunately, some ports like the North Tyrrhenian Port Authority (Italy), are finding solutions. In this case, 241 Filipinos were able to disembark in the port of Piombino from the Diadema Cruise ship. In countries like Spain or India, and the European Commission, are finally allowing crew changes, designating them as key workers and facilitating their travel to meeting ports.

As we saw in last week’s interview, the port of Valencia has been quite active to recognize the effort from workers. Their new initiative “contra viento y marea” wants to gather pictures from amateur and professional photographers to continue the tribute to frontline workers. The goal is also to show how society has adapted to the situation and make an exercise of collective memory. The result will be a physical and online exhibition.

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Solidarity initiatives continue in port cities

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The 1st of May was characterized in many port cities by the sound of horns, since many port authorities and companies responded to the initiative form the International Chamber of Shipping to support with seafarers trapped at sea. In Colombia, the ports of Barranquilla and Cartagena have joined local projects to support families in difficult moments, with donations for food and health treatments. In Chile, the port of Angamos gave modular offices to the Hospital of Mejillones to improve the conditions of the medical staff. Meanwhile, in Spain, the port police of Barcelona (PDF) launched a campaign to help those in need, living in the neighbourhoods closer to the port.

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Solidarity, technology and cakes to fight the Coronavirus in port cities

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Every effort counts in the struggle against the COVID-19. Ports and cities are demonstrating their solidarity since the beginning of the crisis. The Port of Dakar (Senegal) has been particularly active taking care of workers and citizens. Besides the initial donation of 1 billion of CFA Franc to the national government, it has also supported the transport council from Kayes (Mali) with disinfecting equipment and the national children program “Zéro Enfant en Situation de Rue”. Another solidarity example took place in Puerto Coronel (Chile). There, the 8 managers of the terminal decided to destine part of their salaries to the social program of the company, that has already provided hospital beds and ventilators to the city. In the meantime, in Valencia (Spain), the port authority via its foundation has provided food vouchers with a value of over €13K to more than 200 families of the maritime district. We have seen how other ports in Spain have also developed economic help packages for companies, to ease their situation and protect jobs, as it is happening in Bilbao.

More examples of coordinated actions can be found in France. In Bordeaux, the port, the city and the cruise company CroisiEurope have worked together to provide the nursing staff with river liner boat Cyrano de Bergerac as temporary accommodation during the crisis, if necessary. Other initiatives to fight the corona virus include innovative technology, such as the smart bracelet being tested in the Port of Antwerp to ensure physical distancing between working. A more delicious approach is taking place in Trieste (Italy), where the Michelin starred Chef Matteo Metullio has created a special cake for front line port workers (PDF), giving them a symbolic hug, as the president of the port indicated. A noisier homage has been the chosen approach by other ports like Saint John in Canada or Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where boats and trains among others “made some noise” to recognize the efforts of essential workers.

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