Kribi: City-Port agreement for territorial development balanced between economic, environmental and social priorities.

The framework cooperation agreement aims to achieve harmony between City and Port, as the new port of Kribi grows in stature. The quest to reconcile port and urban strategies needs to promote the local territory as a port conurbation, and a Socio-Economic Support Programme for the Kribi area (PASEK) will soon be created to this end.
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Lisbon: Campus do Mar, a 64 hectare project along the Tagus

Campus do Mar (Ocean Campus) will be developed between Lisbon and Oeiras in three phases leading up to 2030. The aim is to establish Portugal as an international player in R&D and training in the fields of marine science and the blue economy. The project also includes plans for a marina, hotels, restaurants, public spaces,… Three-quarters of the 300 million euro budget will be financed by private funds.

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The port of New York, on its way to becoming the second most important in the country, presents its 2050 master plan.

Where the previous plan stressed improving sea access, the new one looks to generating profits from these new competitive advantages. This plan concludes two years of discussions with all the stakeholders. Sustainability and resilience are the key, and will require the port to commit to close partnerships with neighbouring communities. The review of concession contracts will follow the same guidelines.
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The Port of Three-Rivers PDG mobilises the whole community for the redevelopment of the riverside zone

For Gaëtan Boivin, the object is to apply pressure to Transport Canada in advance of the federal elections next autumn. The Port aims to diversify its activities by developing shops and flats, particularly in Warehouse N°1. A pedestrian and cycle promenade will connect the port with the Cogeco amphitheatre, a multifunctional cultural space. Various important figures have pledged their support, including the mayor of Three Rivers.

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Toronto: the Sidewalk Labs master plan for Quayside is provoking debate

Sidewalk Labs publicised its “Draft Master Innovation and Development Plan” for the 4.9 hectares of Quayside at the end of June. Waterfront Toronto has launched an evaluation procedure, based mainly on public consultation. There has been prompt reaction to the project from various angles in the press, as well as an open letter from the President of Waterfront Toronto. He points out that Waterfront Toronto was not involved in the creation of this master plan and that a certain number of disagreements still need to be resolved. One particular aspect is the governance plan for the project: leadership of the execution, use of data for the smart project, etc.

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Great opportunity to learn about mobility in port cities in EU program Civitas-Portis

EU program Civitas Portis launches a call for interests for European port cities interested in knowing more about innovative mobility solutions. The deadline for applications is on September 15th. In the past AIVP days in Riga we hosted representatives from this EU program and saw possible crossovers regarding goal 3 of the AIVP agenda 2030 about mobility for port cities

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For terminal operator TTI, ports must move beyond logistics and improve their industrial competitiveness

The view, expressed by the director of the terminal at Algeciras, aims to prevent an endless trade war between ports. On the contrary, port territories need to make efforts to consolidate industrial activity and generate jobs. Control of the logistics chain and development of import and export business requires control of production.
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Valencia (Spain): rethinking public spaces for and with the citizen

Valencia Marina was recently the venue for Placemaking Week Europe 2019. This festival was inspired by the Project For Public Spaces movement which originated in the United States. The idea is to put the users of these public spaces back at the heart of reflection in order to co-construct with them attractive spaces where people can enjoy walking, meeting and relaxing. The success of the Marina and the way the population and visitors made it their own is a good example. And the “Marina de Valencia” has just  launched a competition for ideas to redefine, with the citizens, Tinglado 2 and public spaces. Closing date: 02 September

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Industrial ecology has become a must in port territory development strategies

In its June number, NPI magazine reviews all current projects in France in the light of the initiatives taken at Rotterdam and Antwerp. There is no longer any doubt on the benefits of these new industrial practices, but the right economic model has yet to be found by getting all the stakeholders in the territory round one table. Competitiveness starts with good knowledge of the City-Port-Industry ecosystem by everyone involved. Continue reading

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