San Francisco: a new lease of life for the naval shipyards

The Port Commission recently approved plans to develop a derelict naval yard at Pier 70. The site could host up to 2150 homes, shops, parks and art studios. Redevelopment of the 263 hectare Mare Island and former US Navy shipyard began around fifteen years ago, based on a master plan designed by Lennar. The latest component of the project, as of 2017, is the opening of a new ferry terminal. The plans include a pro-active environmental approach developed by FivePoint Holdings.

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The Port of Oakland agreement could provide a national template for local recruitment

Community leaders hailed the deal to develop the Port of Oakland, with plans for a major logistics and distribution platform. The agreement gives priority to workers from neighbouring districts, and provides a national template for local recruitment. The community leaders behind the deal will be able to monitor the implementation of this employment policy, which also includes a focus on professional training. Continue reading

Columbia placing its hopes in the Port of Buenaventura as it looks to create an international class maritime city

Until now, Columbia has not capitalised on its status as the only Latin American country with access to two oceans. That could change with the planned Economic Activities Centre in Buenaventura. The first phase of the project aims to attract Chinese industrialists, and eventually the goal is to build a port city in its own right, rather than a city neighbouring a port. Continue reading

Dun Laoghaire: the old ferry terminal to become a campus for innovation

The Harbour Innovation Campus is planned to open next June. The external facade of the building will remain the same, but the whole interior will be reconfigured to house the activities, and nearly 1000 people coming from all over Europe. It will be the biggest innovation hub in Ireland, and one of the top 5 in Europe.

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Boston: the Hydroelectric Canal project is the big winner in the WAFX Prize at the World Architectural Festival

Paul Lukez Architecture’s project was a finalist in the Boston Living with Water Competition in 2015. It is a proposal for the redevelopment of a canal between the northern part of the old port and the bay, including a hydroelectric scheme using energy generated by the tides and storms. More generally, it proposes a resilient urban ecology combining restored natural habitats and urban uses on a 232-hectare site.

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Antwerp’s Port Center plans to move closer to the city centre

Aiming for 100,000 visitors to raise awareness among all of the city’s residents about today’s port world, Rudi De Meyer, director of the Havencentrum in Antwerp, explains the need to forge a closer relationship with the public. Currently located over 30 km away at the heart of the port, the Port Center is restricted in its ability to fulfil its role in educating, informing and promoting a port culture shared by all. The Province is now looking at technical and financial feasibility, and eventually some eight million euros should be invested in the new site, in the heart of the Eilandje zone. Continue reading

The Port of Montreal prepares to welcome its new Port Center

With over 21,000 visitors since the summer, and a temporary exhibition on the “History of Ships”, the Port of Montreal is preparing to realise the Port Interpretation Center at its new cruise terminal. The project is part of the commitment adopted by the Port in June 2014, when it ratified the AIVP Port Center Missions Charter.

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Cork: the City launches a call for tenders for consultancy aimed at incorporating flooding plans into the Docklands redevelopment scheme

10,000 dwellings and 1,000,000 m2 of shops are planned for a large sector of South Banks. However, it lies below the high water mark, and existing protection measures are still insufficient. The consultancy could propose measures which would satisfy the insurance companies’ requirements, and might also reduce the cost of the infrastructure needed to launch the project.

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By taking back operational control of 720km of pipeline, the Port of Antwerp is anticipating energy transition

Recovering control will enable the port to offer a more open network which will therefore be better adapted to inter-company exchanges of flows, and will allow more sustainable transport of products into the hinterland. In the long term, the port is also looking at developing hydrogen and CO2 transport. Increasing the number of heat loops is also among the objectives of the 44 million Euro investment. Continue reading

The issue of megaships increasingly significant for South America’s ports

The race for size is causing concern. The trend towards greater concentration of maritime operators is resulting in fewer stopovers, less revenue, and activity peaks that are difficult for terminals to manage. Their profitability is declining, while port investments are rising. The social repercussions of automation are also increasingly being felt. Port collaborations could be a first response to the problem. Continue reading