Guayaquil: agreement between the Port and Department of Education to create a Technological Institute

According to the government, a trained technical workforce is crucial to the future of port cities in the 21st century. Guayaquil, home to the country’s biggest port, will host the new institute, providing an environment conducive to training, innovation and study of future challenges, with the construction of a deep water port and the decision to retain the naval yards. Continue reading

Hong Kong: flats over the container terminal?

This is one of the solutions being studied by the government to meet the strong pressure for housing. The other option would be to relocate the terminal concerned, Kwai Tsing Container Terminal, which currently handles 80% of the territory’s traffic. For the Managing Director, the first option is worth considering and technically feasible. It could provide housing for tens of thousands of people. Relocating the 380-hectare terminal, on the other hand, raises the difficulty of finding an alternative site. A joint port-city solution which is unprecedented to say the least! It will be proposed to the public in March.

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Smart Port: Hamburg launches a platform to test 5G at an 8,000 hectare area of the port

One of the key aims will be to ensure infrastructures can be used more reliably and securely by boosting real-time management capabilities. The project will see Hamburg become one of the first test sites in Europe to confirm the protocols for 5G applications. Logistics is one of the sectors where the new technology, which combines both terrestrial and mobile network support, could provide much-needed flexibility. Continue reading

The Port of Marseilles reaffirms its strong interest in a city-port combination

The presentation of the year’s balance and the perspectives for 2018 was used to announce the launch of a study on the redevelopment of the 400 hectares of the East Docks. The object is to combine industrial and urban activities on the site. This strategy follows the same line as the Port-City Capillarity Charter signed in 2013 between the Port, the City and Euroméditerranée, or the Terrasses du Port which brings a passenger terminal into the same building as commercial facilities run by the city.

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The Port of Brussels celebrates its 25th anniversary and looks to the future

2018 will be a year of celebration with the port of Brussels set to be opened up, and numerous events organised for the general public, including the port festivities in May. This year will also see the inauguration of several major projects, including the construction village and the new cruise terminal at the outport, with a 240 metre quay. Finally, the Port of Brussels is currently working on a new master plan for the period leading up to 2040. Continue reading

Lisbon: new cruise terminal opened

Officially inaugurated on 10 November 2017, the Santa Apolonia cruise terminal had already welcomed its first ship in September. Participants in the study trip to Lisbon organised by AIVP last autumn had the opportunity to tour the terminal. They also chatted to its designer, architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, and the Managing Director of the cruise terminals at the Port of Lisbon, Ricardo Ferreira, who explained all of the benefits of the facility, which combines functionality, flexibility and urban integration.

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The PORTOLAB project arrives at the port of Carrara in Italy

Port tours for the region’s young people are to be introduced at the Grendi terminal for a period of several months. Some 400 primary school children will get the chance to discover the port, its careers and logistical environment. Created in 2006 by private sector operator Contship, the PORTOLAB project continues to be popular. The port authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea has decided to take an active role in bringing the project to the port of Carrara, which will be providing tutors employed by the Grendi terminal. Other port community stakeholders will also contribute. Continue reading

Shanghai: a masterplan to become an Excellent global city by 2035

An important aspect will be to introduce measures to protect the environment and to limit demographic growth and land designated for construction. There should be a big increase in green spaces. 45 km along the banks of the Huangpu are already available, with proposals for promenades, green spaces and conversion of port-industrial land. The city also aspires to become a world-level metropolis of innovation on the basis of its port sector.

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Marseille: Quechen Silicon Chemical announces plans for a silica production plant to be integrated into the PIICTO platform

The €100 million industrial investment by the world’s third largest silica manufacturer will help to create 130 jobs. The project represents recognition for the port’s ability to provide land, energy, good international links and an industrial ecology platform that allows the operators present to pool resources and fluids.

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