Industrial risks: in the wake of the Beirut explosion, how can port cities improve their industrial safety?

 Health and life quality 

The tragic accident in Beirut did much to focus minds. Port cities around the world are investing massively to make their logistical and port operations safer.
In Rouen (France), which saw a major fire at the Lubrizol plant last year, serious discussions and pollution clean-up efforts are under way to allow the company to resume its industrial activities safely.
Around a hundred kilometres away, in Le Havre, citizens are taking part in a public debate about planning rules and industrial safety. One district located in the port zone is exposed to technological risks, and its residents are keen to discuss the situation with the local authorities.
Outside Europe, strong measures are being taken to improve industrial safety. In Dakar (Senegal), the national authorities and the Port have removed all of the ammonium nitrate present in the area. A new inspection process has also been adopted, applicable to all hazardous products arriving at the port. In the same vein, in Chittatong (Bangladesh), stocks of hazardous products that have been abandoned are now systematically destroyed to eliminate the risk of accidents.

Three projects in contention for a new art gallery on the Halifax waterfront (Canada)

 Port city interface 

The international competition was aimed at designing a new Novascotian art gallery, along with public spaces for the waterfront precinct which is to be turned into an “arts district”. The projects shortlisted are currently being presented for public feedback until the end of October.

World Architecture (+ images, plans) ; Design Competition for the new waterfront arts district (public feedback)

Education and dialogue: two crucial elements of sustainable port-city relationships

 Governance 

The complexity of port-city territories demands constant dialogue between institutions and citizens, supported with educational actions. This is clear for the Chilean ports of San Antonio and Valparaiso. In the case of San Antonio, the port joined the webinar “educate to create” along with municipality to explain how the port functions and its relevance for the city, where it has offered great social support. In Valparaiso, the port company requested the local universities to join the debate about the port future. In port cities like Marseille, local politicians, including the special rapporteur for maritime affairs and ports, are demanding to enlarge the port-city debate to include the citizens. In this frameworks Port Centers are crucial tools to support educational programs and citizen dialogue.

Portal Portuario – San Antonio, Facebook Puerto San Antonio, Portal Portuario Valparaíso, Presse Agence

Best ways to we disclose port city culture

 Culture and identity 

The port-city connection is not only economic and environmental, but also cultural. This week we have seen several ways to disclose the port city culture. One option is to collaborate with local events and institutions. The port of Dublin is cooperating with the local Festival of History in a series of online events. In other ports, like Lisbon, the port authority also collaborated with the Museo do Oriente in the framework of the European Heritage Days with free visits. In Spain, for example the port of Seville just signed a cooperation protocol with the regional heritage institute to study and protect the port’s industrial heritage. Another option is to host port days, as the port of Leixões just did, even though this year’s edition took place virtually. In a similar way, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority (Genoa and Savona) is preparing the 2020 edition of their port day including visits, lectures and exhibitions. Other activities to disclose port-city culture are historic pedestrian rallies, as the one from the port of Quebec, Canada. Finally, ports can also contribute to the city’s cultural life be hosting exhibitions in their historical venues, as the port of Valencia is doing.

Port of Dublin, Port of Lisbon, Port of Leixões, Junta de Andalucía, Port of Quebec, Diario del Puerto, Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority

Project finally chosen for piers 30-32 in San Francisco (USA)

 Port city interface 

Since the 2000s, a host of different projects have been announced for the site, including a cruise terminal combined with a hotel and residential units, an arena for the Golden State Warriors, or Georges Lucas’ cultural museum. The Port of San Francisco invited new proposals in February, and has now selected the project put forward by developers Strada TCC Partners and Trammell Crow. The plan includes 850 homes (a quarter of which will be affordable), a floating pool, and new public spaces.

MSN ; San Francisco Examiner

Agreement between the Port and City of Maputo (Mozambique)

 Governance 

The MoU concerns the regeneration of promenades and other spaces in the area between the port and city. Osorio Lucas, the port’s CEO, stressed the port’s commitment to other measures aimed at promoting city-port integration, including a passenger terminal, cultural and leisure infrastructures, conference hall, and other steps to support the socially excluded.

Porto de Maputo

In Europe and America, city-port integration stays on course despite the crisis

 Port city interface 

The threat of a “second wave” hanging over Europe and the severity of the epidemic in America have not cut short the process of city-port integration, which is often an effective means of tackling the crisis.
In Valparaiso (Chile), representatives of the tourist industry, the municipality and the port came together to find joint solutions involving the city, port and businesses to get tourism going again. Nor has the crisis dimmed the commitment of associations and public bodies to work together in cooperation with the port. In Long Beach (United States), the port authority has even released new funding to kick-start port-city projects of this kind.
In Europe, city-port integration projects are continuing, while economic recovery plans are being refined. In Santa-Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), the port is looking at more than 20 societal integration projects to benefit citizens, and the city is set to buy 2,500m² of port land to build an infants’ centre.

Innovation and intellectual cooperation: crucial for cutting carbon emissions in port cities

 Energy transition and circular economy 

With climate change contributing to more and more instances of forests fire and flooding around the world, innovative solutions are emerging to make port and urban activities greener. In France, port authorities in Paris have commissioned a major study of river traffic and the energy transition, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of shipping on the Seine. Meanwhile, the port of Abu Dhabi (UAE) has targeted smart solutions, with an optimisation plan that aims to halve carbon emissions from its container traffic.
Private-sector businesses have a big part to play in this global effort. In South Korea, the giants Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Samsung have joined forces to develop smart technologies that will cut atmospheric pollution from shipping.

CNR and the Port of Lyons win an Open innovation Challenge

 Energy transition and circular economy 

Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (a member of AIVP) and the Port of Lyons have been rewarded for two projects aimed at creating a more sustainable interface between the Port and City of Lyons. The first project, dubbed “Energy Quay”, provides renewable energies (hydrogen, electricity, natural gas). The second, “River’tri”, is a river-based waste disposal centre created with fellow AIVP member, the Suez group.

CNRQuai des énergies ; Suez, River’tri

Oslo: consultation for the Grønlikaia redevelopment

 Port city interface 

The former container port of Grønlikaia is the final area of the old port district of Bjørvika to be redeveloped. The 208,000 m2 of available land is divided into five sub-zones. The proposals drawn up by Rodeo Architects include 1,500 residential units, a 1 kilometre long waterfront promenade, and a 1.6 hectare park.

Grønlikaia ; Rodeo Architects, Grønlikaia project