Arctic Routes: maritime routes to rival existing ones, or new routes for new economic territories?

All observations now show that these new maritime routes are opening up, despite continued uncertainties about their future navigability. In addition to reducing journey times between Europe and Asia, they lie at the centre of the new geopolitical issues, encompassing both energy and the environment. By securing the route, Russia would strengthen its international influence. Continue reading

Swansea: Inauguration of the Construction Wales Innovation Centre on the waterfront

CWIC forms an integral part of the University redevelopment on the waterfront and will provide training in different areas of the construction industry. It is intended to anticipate future needs with on-going or planned projects for the next decade. The centre will have a particular impact on various projects planned for the waterfront: a digital indoor arena, shops and restaurants, offices for start-ups in a container village, etc.

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OECD: the power of alliances could prompt a rethink of port policies, especially in Europe.

The issue of maritime alliances is the focus of the latest report by the ITF, which shows that the concentration of container ship owners is currently impacting on quality and service. There is real pressure on terminal and port operators, whose development is partly funded by the public sector. The ITF is calling for competition law to be applied in full to shipping, port projects to be assessed on common principles and standards, and finally a rethink of national and supra-regional port policies. Continue reading

Melbourne: revised project for Fishermans Bend

The State Government of Victoria had announced its intention to promote a model development on the site between the port, the Yarra River and the bay, housing 80,000 people by 2050. The proposal had attracted 26 projects by developers at the start of this year, and the prospect of a forest of skyscrapers stirred up debate. The number and height of the tower-blocks will be regulated, and the inclusion of low-cost housing will be a condition for acceptance. The new district must also be compatible with port needs.

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Genoa: 5th meeting of the AIVP Port Center Network (PCN) Working Group

A reduced PCN working group meeting brought together around thirty people from Europe and Canada. The meeting was officially hosted by Porto Antico, the Port Authority and the City of Genoa. Over a day and a half, a series of presentations were given by local stakeholders, with opportunity for debate and discussion, sharing of ideas, and field trips including a visit to the Port Center which recently re-opened to the public, plus the Città dei Bambini, the Galata museum, and a research laboratory specialising in pioneering biomaterials.

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Can port development be inclusive and link economic growth to social progress?

It is fairly common today for ports to develop partnerships with numerous stakeholders in their territory to resolve environmental problems. The aim of this inclusive approach is to harmonise conditions for port growth in order to limit negative externalities. But what about the social aspects? Is it time to create new levels of governance? Professors Maurice Jansen and Rob van Tulder try to answer this question by a case study of Indonesia.
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Saint-Nazaire: Boulevard des Apprentis has improved port integration

Opened in July this year, Boulevard des Apprentis has provided a route 2.1 km long which is better suited to the logistical flows of industries located on the port and safer for the 140,000 vehicles that use it each day. The redevelopment has been conceived in agreement with the inhabitants of the district. For example, old concrete tanks will be landscaped to serve as a sound-deadening barrier. A look-out point will offer inhabitants and visitors a view of the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard where cruise ships are built.
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CALL FOR TENDERS: a strategic study for AIVP

The AIVP 2030 agenda prepared at the World Conference in Quebec will be proposed for ratification by the year end. It contains nearly a dozen major challenges for port cities in adapting to all the transformations currently occurring and meeting the expectations of our societies at the start of this 21st century. In order to support its members in these challenges as strongly as possible, AIVP would like to review its missions, services offered and organisation. The Board of Directors has therefore decided to carry out a strategic study during the first half of 2019; AIVP is looking for a consulting service to assist in this process. To obtain the specifications for this consultation service, please write to Proposals must reach AIVP before 27 November 2018.

France: the new port governance system should be announced by the end of 2018. Will associations have a role?

For Paul Tourret, Director of Isemar, all the players directly involved in port functioning should have a place in decision-making bodies. While the State may continue to be one of the main players in principal ports, local territories could assume leadership in other ports. To coordinate this arrangement, he imagines a national port strategy committee. All these changes could support intermodal transport, innovation and the emergence of circular industry models. Continue reading