Innocent, a leader in the fruit juice industry will be the first company to set up in the Rotterdam Food Cluster. The production will be of 400 million bottles each year for all of Europe. In Sète, the OFW Ships project reaches a new milestone with the installation of a logistics base for the factory vessel dedicated to the desalination and bottling of deep-sea water for consumption. This technology could be developed in many port cities for local markets. The production capacity is 2.5 million liters per 5-day campaign. Continue reading
With the huge growth in e-commerce, logistics operators are looking to move closer to city centres, while striving to centralise flows of freight as much as possible. With land increasingly scarce and expensive, the profitability of multi-level warehouses such as those in New York is rising, and more and more of these facilities are being built. Another solution is the use of floating warehouses, as demonstrated by the Fludis system currently being trialled in Paris.
In August, the government of the Bahamas and Global Ports Holding signed an agreement to develop a new cruise terminal and integrate it into the centre of the city. A park, amphitheatre, museum, shops and restaurants are also planned.
Using different technologies, specifically a fuel cell or a hybrid hydrogen-diesel dual fuel engine, the two ports are looking to supply port machinery and service vessels. Many port operators are now looking at the goal of achieving a zero-carbon port, and these initial field experiments should be followed closely around the world.
The strategic plan for 2019-2023 includes measures aimed at two objectives: to become a “smart port” (automation, sustainability, etc.) and to create an iconic waterfront. The waterfront developments will focus on the media and creative industries, along with science and technology hub in the Titanic Quarter.
Its designer, Snøhetta, has combined various solutions for the new office building: choice of construction materials, building orientation, solar panels, heat recovery, waste water, sea water use, natural light, etc. The building will generate renewable to cover its own needs, while also supplying power to neighbouring buildings, electric buses, boats and cars via a local micro-grid.
“The crane that wanted to be a boat” is a story created by the young high school student who won the competition. At the same time, the port authorities launched the fifth edition of the competition for young people.
A waterfront zoning plan was originally created in 1993, and in 2008 the City decided it should be updated every ten years. The current consultation concerns the new version of the Vision 2020 for the 520 miles of waterfront, a document dating back to 2011. This summer, a variety of public workshops were organised for “Living and Playing at the Waterfront”, “Working at the Waterfront”, “Restoring and Recreation”, “Adapting our Waterfront” (to climate change).
The challenge is to make the City Port territory more competitive as a gateway for products arriving in the USA from Asia. This internal strategy driven by the management of both ports is reminiscent is similar to those involving Tacoma and Seattle, or the joint sports initiative between Virginia and Georgia. Géraldine Knatz, former CEO of the Port of Los Angeles and member of the AIVP Expert Committee, believes these initiatives are sensible solutions, that have become increasingly popular since the last attempted merger in 2014.
Local politicians from the green and social-democratic parties are negotiating new identical green shipping regulation to avoid harming economic competition, while favoring more environmentally sustainable ports. The goal is to convince other major European ports to join the initiative.