New initiatives to increase the social integration of port activities in Lorient

The port and city of Lorient hosted on June 15 and 16, the successful “Ports en Fête” festival, celebrating the fishing sector with concerts, port visits and other cultural events emphasizing the importance of the fishing port sector for society and local identity. At the same time, the Port Center of Lorient co-financed the «Explo’r@de» app to discover more than 120 highlights of the port spread over the bay, using augmented reality, improving the users’ experience. The project was done by the ‘Espace des sciences/Maison de la Mer. All this news, and the new “Carnet de bord” with illustration explaining the port to children, are available in the website of the port center. Continue reading

Boston: recommendations for the working port

How can the working port of Boston be preserved and reinvigorated under the continually increasing pressure to give a new use to waterfront sites? Two documents have been produced by Boston Harbour Now, based on discussions with experts and stakeholders, which define recommendations on how to respond to four challenges: growth, synergy, flexibility and change. These recommendations also evolved after the participation of Jill Valdes (Boston Harbour Now) in the AIVP World Conference in Quebec.

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The future of sea transport requires global reflection on its environmental and climate impacts

Safety, pollution, giant ships – is shipping reaching a critical point? This question, discussed in an important debate on a large French public radio station, is being raised more and more frequently. The cruise ship industry, despite its efforts, is criticised for its impact on the health of port city inhabitants. Political and social issues seem to be outweighing purely commercial questions. More than ever before, Cities, Ports and Citizens must learn to understand one another and work together for a more sustainable shipping world. AIVP is working on this, day in, day out. . Continue reading

Shanghai continues riverside developments

Numerous public spaces and promenades have been created along almost 1.2 km of the Yangpu River. Some relics of the area’s industrial heritage have been preserved. In the Baoshan district, two new parks have opened on the edge of the Yangtze. Formerly used for container traffic, the area will be home to 4,200 apartments, along with shops, restaurants, hotels, an Imax cinema, kindergartens, and more.

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Port-Louis Waterfront (Mauritius): first phase inaugurated

Work on the initial phase of the redevelopment project was completed last December, with shops and restaurants open to residents and visitors. A multiplex cinema will open next October. Two more redevelopment phases will follow, and are expected to be completed in 2020. The Prime Minister has also announced plans for a new cruise terminal (the invitation to tender was launched in April) and an aquarium.

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Barcelona: another step forward for Port Vell

Thirty years after the Special Plan for Port Vell was approved, the Gerencia Urbanística Port Vell is launching new projects in anticipation of future requirements. New spaces for leisure activities, culture, research and innovation will be created for the public. Examples include the development of the Hermitage Museum, reported in one of our recent newsletters, and a new Port Center at the former Port Authority headquarters.

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Cutting CO2 emissions: proposals to limit sailing speeds do not enjoy unanimous support. But could we see the end of just-in-time?

For certain experts, slowing ships too much would make additional vessels necessary, which would wipe out the benefits in terms of CO2 emissions. But given the need to act against climate change, some are suggesting that cities, ports, logistics operators, industry and consumers should be prepared to accept a reasonable increase in delivery times. In which case that additional vessel would simply be unnecessary.
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New interpretations of the Port Center concept are emerging worldwide

In the past weeks we have seen news portraying new models of Port Centers. In Southampton the 1851 trust, from the sailing team INEOS, has a space named STEM Crew HQ with a rich educational content to link the classroom to the maritime world, especially in sciences, technology, math and engineering. In Florida, the new Sea the World Storefront, from Marine Industry, will open next May, with an exhibition and activities to engage with students and raise awareness to maritime professions, investing on human capital and education. In Hamburg, the Discovery Dock opened in April, from private investors, that created this space to explore the port as an attraction, using advanced VR gadgets. Finally, we could also read that the port of Barcelona will open its Port Center in 2021, framed in the special plan Port Vell. These news confirm AIVP’s message, that citizen engagement, port culture and education are crucial for sustainable port-city relationships, and that Port Centers are a crucial tools for these purposes Continue reading

Port of Marseilles: a new future for the east docks

The East docks cover a 400 hectare strip of land running for 12 km along the coast to the North of the Old Port. There, the issues of integration between the port and city are particularly strong. The City Port Charter laid the foundations for a strategy aimed at mixed-use porosity, and some iconic developments have already been completed. Today, new opportunities are opening up, notably with the relocation of the international ferry terminal to Cap Janet. Detailed report.

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La Rochelle (France), Promotion Saguenay (Quebec, Canada): two more examples of circular City Ports!

In the City Port territory of La Rochelle, a cooperative is aiming to promote carbon credit trading between all economic operators, making CO2 an engine for innovation and the energy transition. The territory is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality in the medium term. Across the Atlantic, unavoidable heat output from the future “GNL Québec” plant at the port could allow other activities to emerge in the territory, such as agriculture.
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