BE MY PORT: A new identity to promote the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and make the port part of city life

Together, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire Port, the Union maritime Nantes ports (UMNP), the Nantes – Saint-Nazaire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Pays de Loire Region, the Carene, Nantes Métropole and the Loire-Atlantique département have decided to create promotional resources including a new visual identity. The new identity is designed to inspire inclusiveness and adoption by all potential users. Continue reading

Mexico: new port law may encourage ports to support urban development.

This law, currently under discussion in the Senate, may recognise the need for harmonisation between ports and cities as a means of respecting the quality of life of city inhabitants and the urban environment. For Administradoras Portuarias Integrales (APIs), this may mean that 30% of port profits revert to local authorities for stronger, closer relations. Continue reading

Gdynia: ULI’s recommendations for the Fishing Pier

In February, ULI Europe organised a workshop on the Fishing Pier, part of the Sea City project. The initiative covers a 71 hectare site next to the city centre, which is set to house 8,000 residents and 4,000 new jobs. The report sets out the extent of the challenges involved in the Sea City and Fishing Pier plans. The recommendations focus on the need for an inclusive approach involving all of the stakeholders, as well as the importance of transparency and flexibility, connections with the existing city, and innovative funding arrangements. All of these recommendations are regularly highlighted by AIVP in its experiencing sharing initiatives.

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The port of Vigo unveils a new strategic plan open to the port community: “what the port needs”

The plan has been produced to anticipate the needs of the port community and prepare the way for future infrastructural developments at the port. Drafted internally by the Port Authority, the document must now be completed by contributions from all stakeholders in the local community. This collaborative process is not new to Vigo, as its strategic plan for blue growth was based on contributions from 18 external working groups. Continue reading

The success of offshore wind power in Europe depends on ports, which are indispensable industrial and logistics links

Data provided by the Wind Europe platform, an association of a dozen ports which specialise in offshore windpower, show that further investment of 500 million to 1 billion euros in the ports is necessary to achieve the aim of 10,000 turbines installed by 2030. Efficiency gains in port operations will allow production costs to be reduced by 5.3%. This investment is also indispensable for scrapping the oldest turbines. Continue reading

Shanghai: SIPG Cruise City recognised for its appeal to tourists

Cruise City, operated by Shanghai In¬ternational Port Group (SIPG), has been rated a 4A tourist attraction at the Shanghai Cruise and Yacht Tourism Festival. Developed in Hongkou on a 1.2 km stretch along the Hangpu River in a former freight and passenger port, the site includes not just a cruise passenger terminal but also the Shanghai Docks Heritage Museum, a sports centre, music venue, shops, etc. A new leisure complex – Magic Jungle – was also unveiled at the festival.

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How can container traffic entering and leaving port cities be better planned to reduce congestion?

The International Transport Forum recently published the findings of round tables and discussions held in 2017 on this subject. Adapting capacities and re-organising hinterlands have become the dominant issues for port cities as they face heavy pressure from onshore traffic flows and congestion, itself a source of tensions. We look forward to reading the ITF’s recommendations, along with a recent article on the situation in Spain. Continue reading

The University of Santiago in Chile to offer a diploma in port city planning. Interview with the responsible.

With the holistic approach increasingly influential in sustainable development, the university has opted to create a programme teaching students about harmonious port activity. Subjects covered will include planning and management of the urban environment, management of access roads and quality of life for port city residents. Each module of the course will treat the Port City as a unified system, rather than as two separate entities.

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Eol: a public interpretation centre dedicated to wind power set to open in Saint Nazaire

Plans for offshore wind farms in the Pays de la Loire region are pioneering industrial development in the sector and the construction of a French industry devoted to renewable marine energies. The EOL wind power centre in Saint-Nazaire reflects a desire to inform the public about the development of this industry, and explain its local implications. The facility is part of the policy to develop industrial tourism, and adds to the existing offering centred on the “Port of all voyages”. Continue reading