Between plastics and ship waste, the challenges around waste in ports are reaching critical point

Since the start of the year, China’s restrictive policy on plastic waste imports has been causing a build-up at European ports, where storage areas are becoming gradually saturated. Some countries are looking at landfill as a temporary solution. Elsewhere, such as at the Port of Amsterdam, new possibilities are being found, including turning waste into fuel. At the same time, Europe’s ports are calling for new legislation on the collection of ship waste to include higher taxation. Continue reading

The European HERIT-DATA project aims to develop sustainable management of cruise tourism

Taking advantage of technology and the latest innovations in management tools (open data, connected objects, etc.), the project aims to reduce the impact of tourism on the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean regions. The consortium brings together organisations, businesses and technology centres, along with local and regional public authorities from Italy, Spain, Croatia, France and Portugal, including four regions which are members of the Intermediterranean Commission, namely Tuscany, Valencia, Occitania and Western Greece.

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Valencia: the Mayor favours uses linked to culture and innovation for the Marina Réal docks

This announcement follows an agreement with Docks Logistics Spain, S.A., bringing forward the end of their concession which was to have run until 2022. Use of this emblematic building will then be returned to Consorcio Valencia 2007-CV07, which manages the marina. In March, CV07 launched a consultation process with a group of independent professionals and experts. The different proposals centre on the concept of a living space designed by the community as a whole, devoted to culture, education, research, etc.

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University of Concepción (Chile) initiates a project on sustainability in port cities

The initiative is led by the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Geography, and is financed by an innovation fund to boost regional competitiveness. Mabel Alarcón, project director, explained that the object is to solve the problems which arise between ports and their associated port cities, in particular logistical problems. Continue reading

Le Havre: re-inventing the city-port interface

AURH, Le Havre’s Urban Planning Agency, looks at the situation and future prospects for the southern districts of the city of Le Havre, which has close links to the port’s economic activities. Almost twenty years of work on the area’s public spaces and some iconic operations have transformed the image of these districts, making them an increasingly attractive asset for the entire conurbation.

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DP World and Virgin put their faith in the Hyperloop and join forces to create a shared vision of the future.

The joint venture has seen the creation of a new company, DP World Cargospeed. The aim is to build the logistics service best suited to the rapid growth of e-commerce, as part of a new long-term vision of logistics and the ambition of both parties to establish this technology as the global standard. Continue reading

More than 30,000 visitors at Singapore Maritime Week 2018 (SMW)

In an increasingly variable and fragile situation, this year’s theme turns resolutely towards the levers of the future, such as connectivity, innovation and talent. Organised by the Singapore Maritime Authority, SMW 2018 serves as a platform for discussion and motivation to encourage debate among the actors in the regional and international maritime scene. There will be 19 discussion sessions and presentations, 11 networking receptions and four large-scale events for the general public. Continue reading

Shanghai: public consultation for the waterfront

Shanghai’s Urban Planning Authorithy has launched a consultation on plans to redevelop the waterfront along the Suzhou Creek and Huangpu River. Promenades were recently opened along 45 km of the banks, and the project aims to complete them and also offer new urban facilities. The district has been divided into three zones, each dedicated to a particular use: commerce, culture and historic heritage in the eastern zone; new waterfront access in the central zone; and an eco-corridor in the western zone.

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Point-à-Pitre: Karukera Bay project launched

The project aims to make the waterfront more appealing to cruise passengers and local residents. A new terminal, a hotel and retail areas are planned, while the Port’s headquarters will also be relocated. The preliminary project agreement was signed on 6 April by the various partners concerned, including the Guadeloupe Region, the Grand Port Maritime de Guadeloupe, the CCI, the City and Cap Excellence (the conurbation) of Pointe-à-Pitre.

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2017 ranking of maritime capitals of the world: Singapore edges out Hamburg and Oslo

The ranking, published by DNV-GL on the basis of work by 250 experts, confirms the results of previous years. Shanghai moves up a place to 4th, pushing London down to 5th. The ranking is based on an analysis of five key sectors in the maritime economy: shipping; finance and legal; marine technologies; ports and logistics; and finally overall attractiveness and competitiveness. Continue reading