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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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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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

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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Innovative strategic partnership between the Port of Quebec and Cégep Limoilou

The Port of Quebec and Cégep Limoilou have formed a strategic partnership. The objects of the agreement are to open up port installations to Cégep’s teaching activities, to allow the Port to benefit from the expertise of the college’s teachers and students, and to encourage interchange of ideas between the two parties. Continue reading

Brussels: an Urban Planning and Landscaping Quality Plan for the canal

The Brussels-Capital Region has produced a Master Plan for the canal territory. Since 2016, some 130 projects and studies have been examined, and it was concluded that a specific strategy was needed for the different types of public spaces in this area territory. Design firms Org Squared and Bureau Bas Smets have been chosen to come up with an Urban Planning and Landscaping Quality Plan to ensure consistency between the various projects.

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Ports are key to accelerating trade in order to boost development in Africa

This is not a new observation, but was again highlighted in a recent report by PWC Africa. Besides infrastructures, investment needs to be targeted at measures to improve the efficiency of ports and logistics. Otherwise, there is a risk that no benefit will be seen from new ports and terminals. Finally, as underlined by UNCTAD, education and training is equally strategically important. Continue reading

Lorient’s Port Center website goes online

Having signed the Port Center Missions Charter in 2016, port community stakeholders in Lorient have now opened a digital Port Center, in the form of a website explaining and highlighting the port. The website, at www.lorientportcenter.com carries the official “Port Center By AIVP” label. Lorient’s port community who came together around the project understand that three-way dialogue between the city, port and citizens is beneficial for the territory as a whole. Since 2016, a large working group has been actively implementing the project, led by Audélor, and bringing together the main stakeholders in the port territory (Lorient Agglomération, the City of Lorient, the Regional Council, SEM Lorient Keroman, the Morbihan CCI (Port of Commerce), SELLOR (marinas), the Espace des Sciences Maison de la Mer, the University of Southern Brittany, the Development Council, Bretagne Pôle Naval, and others.) Continue reading

Brest: landscaping work on the port has begun

The work is an accompaniment to the new Marine Renewable Energy zone currently being created, and will showcase Brest’s maritime and industrial activities, with a coastal path and viewing tower. A biodiversity reserve is also planned. The project has been presented to representatives of local residents living close to the site.

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Port Townsend: the Northwest Maritime Centre makes a proposal to the Port to take over management of part of the Waterfront through a collective solidarity project

The Centre, which is a non-profit-making organisation, wants to take over the management of Point Hudson in exchange for a 50 year lease. Based on a cooperation agreement, the Centre’s sponsors have already been working on a new layout for the sector, to include a marine sailing campus and a marina. If the Port accepts the proposal, the project executors undertake to raise 6 million dollars through shared financing and an appeal for donations. The object of the proposal is to get over problems associated with the state of the Port’s finances and the repeated postponement of maintenance work due to lack of funds. Continue reading