Palma, Majorca: Invitation to TENDER for the former port HQ

The building will house an interpretation centre focusing on the relationship between the port and city, along with a restaurant and library. The port authority headquarters will be moved to Moll Vell N°5, but its Board of Directors will continue to meet in the present building. Some elements of the site’s heritage will be preserved.
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DockstheFuture: the European project enters its initial phase

The DocksTheFuture project aims to set out a futuristic vision for ports in 2030 and to take up the challenges. It will help the EU Commission (DG MOVE and INEA) to ensure better coordination and networking of projects, programmes and policies in the area of research and innovation. AIVP has been asked to contribute as an independent expert on the “City Port relationship” topic. Continue reading

Africa’s ports are undergoing a process of transformation, with competition, cooperation and reforms

With 20 containers handled per 1000 inhabitants, Africa is lagging behind when it comes to logistics appeal. Over the last fifteen years, however, things have begun to change. In addition to the three international port hubs, there are now a number of regional hubs and a multitude of new projects. The continent’s ports are focusing on cooperation as they look to tackle common issues such as urban congestion ports or the use of informal practices. For Dr Yann Alix, the emergence of a Smart Port “made in Africa” is at stake. Continue reading

Vietnam must deal with thousands of containers of waste following China’s decision to halt imports of recyclable waste

The situation is not only causing serious environmental problems, but is also creating congesting in Vietnamese ports which are unable to handle the extra containers. Several terminals are affected, with plastic waste making up 80% of the total. More vigilance should allow abandoned containers and illegal imports to be detected. Continue reading

Richard’s Bay: the port, city and industrial operators sign a five-year agreement to establish a shared strategic vision

The aim is to encourage interactive medium and long term planning to promote the economy and development of the city for the benefit of citizens. Transport, mobility, the environment, and tourism will be central to the approach, which for the Port will entail the launch of some 45 investment projects over the period. Continue reading

Gdansk: the Imperial Shipyards set to be refurbished by Henning Larsen Architects

With its strong heritage and identity, the site is important to local residents. Henning Larsen wants to turn it into a distinct district of the historic city centre in its own right, restoring waterfront access for locals and promoting cycling and walking, through redevelopment of the public spaces. Three new spaces are planned: The Plaza, located close to the building where the historic accords were signed in 1980, The Park, a green recreational space between the river and the city, and The Dock, which will include 3500 homes, an urban beach, and a marina.

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Bahia Blanca: ideas competition for the « Muelle de los Elevadores »

The Port and the College of Architects of Buenos Aires Province have signed an agreement to define the terms of the contest, which aims to rehabilitate this historic dock close to the old port. The project will complete the tourist and cultural regeneration of the Ingeniero White district. The competition will be launched by December.

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The University of Santiago in Chile to offer a diploma in port city planning, management and governance

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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Europe: should the award of European funding for port projects be based on a cost-benefit analysis?

The article notes that at present, most assessments in this area are done in order to support a project, rather than to ascertain its added value for the EU. For Prof Turró, who worked for some time at the EIB, these assessments need to look at the structure of decision-making processes in order to have any credibility. They also need to evolve throughout the project cycle, and appraisal criteria need to be better defined. Continue reading