New initiatives to increase the social integration of port activities in Lorient

The port and city of Lorient hosted on June 15 and 16, the successful “Ports en Fête” festival, celebrating the fishing sector with concerts, port visits and other cultural events emphasizing the importance of the fishing port sector for society and local identity. At the same time, the Port Center of Lorient co-financed the «Explo’r@de» app to discover more than 120 highlights of the port spread over the bay, using augmented reality, improving the users’ experience. The project was done by the ‘Espace des sciences/Maison de la Mer. All this news, and the new “Carnet de bord” with illustration explaining the port to children, are available in the website of the port center. Continue reading

Boston: recommendations for the working port

How can the working port of Boston be preserved and reinvigorated under the continually increasing pressure to give a new use to waterfront sites? Two documents have been produced by Boston Harbour Now, based on discussions with experts and stakeholders, which define recommendations on how to respond to four challenges: growth, synergy, flexibility and change. These recommendations also evolved after the participation of Jill Valdes (Boston Harbour Now) in the AIVP World Conference in Quebec.

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The City of Long Beach holds a consultation on its Climate Plan

Since June 2018, around twenty workshops and forums have been organised to present the plan to residents and business leaders. The aim is to prime them for the fight against climate change and rising water levels at the waterfront, and to gauge responses and suggestions. Long Beach joins over a dozen other US cities in adopting a plan of this kind, which includes measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt buildings on the waterfront, etc. The approach is of course in line with goals 1 and 2 from AIVP’s 2030 Agenda.

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The future of sea transport requires global reflection on its environmental and climate impacts

Safety, pollution, giant ships – is shipping reaching a critical point? This question, discussed in an important debate on a large French public radio station, is being raised more and more frequently. The cruise ship industry, despite its efforts, is criticised for its impact on the health of port city inhabitants. Political and social issues seem to be outweighing purely commercial questions. More than ever before, Cities, Ports and Citizens must learn to understand one another and work together for a more sustainable shipping world. AIVP is working on this, day in, day out. . Continue reading

Hanoi: flood risk and urban development

Three options are currently being considered to protect Hanoi from flood risks, while developing over 11,000 hectares of available land on both banks of the Red River. The CRTKL/Arcadis team recommends the third of these options, which involves stabilising the existing banks and creating floodable areas. Various cultural, sports and leisure facilities should complete the urban park. They claim this represents the most resilient option, and offers the most socio-economic benefits.

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Le Havre Smart Port City: definitive project plans submitted to the French government

Driven by the region’s leading urban and port stakeholders, the project brings together the research sector and local businesses, as well as some major international groups. The aim is to kick-start innovation in the City Port territory, as part of ambitious plans to tackle the challenge posed by the digital, energy and environmental transition.
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Shanghai continues riverside developments

Numerous public spaces and promenades have been created along almost 1.2 km of the Yangpu River. Some relics of the area’s industrial heritage have been preserved. In the Baoshan district, two new parks have opened on the edge of the Yangtze. Formerly used for container traffic, the area will be home to 4,200 apartments, along with shops, restaurants, hotels, an Imax cinema, kindergartens, and more.

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The Port of Quebec joins forces with Hutchinson Ports and CN Rail for its planned container terminal

The move represents a crucial step forward for the project, which was introduced to all AIVP members at last year’s world conference. It sees the Port of Quebec join the operator’s 52 other ports in 27 countries, and cements Quebec’s position at the heart of commercial trade while making the Laurentia terminal a powerful engine for economic development for the City Port region. Mario Girard, CEO of the Port of Quebec and Vice-Chairman of AIVP, aims to make it one of the terminals with the smallest environmental footprint in the world.

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Port-Louis Waterfront (Mauritius): first phase inaugurated

Work on the initial phase of the redevelopment project was completed last December, with shops and restaurants open to residents and visitors. A multiplex cinema will open next October. Two more redevelopment phases will follow, and are expected to be completed in 2020. The Prime Minister has also announced plans for a new cruise terminal (the invitation to tender was launched in April) and an aquarium.

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