Should the future Spanish ports law give cities a bigger say in their governance?

Janet Sanz, deputy Mayor of Barcelona and Vice-President of AIVP, has raised the question, taking up a clear position and opening the debate. She is calling for other Spanish port cities to launch a manifesto on the issue, as a way of promoting active discussion. In Spain, as in many other countries, City Port governance is more strategically important than ever.
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An aesthetic port

People often have a negative perception of the port and its infrastructures. There are solutions for showcasing and overhauling the image of these facilities. These solutions allow the active port to be kept close to the city, while at the same time transforming the way they are seen by the public, as highlighted by Olivier Lemaire, General Manager of AIVP.

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Montreal: call for proposals to convert the iconic Silo 5

A quarter of a century after it closed, Silo 5, an emblematic building in Montreal’s Vieux Port district, Silo 5 is set to become the heart of new mixed-used district with housing, shops, a hotel, and leisure and tourist facilities. The request for proposals to redevelop the silo and the Pointe du Moulin site is based on the responses obtained during the associated public consultation. Priority will be given to showcasing the silo and its industrial history, and the building could be used to create spectacular viewpoints!

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The City of Quebec is keen to strengthen innovation in the Littoral Est sector, as a complement to port development projects.

The initiative forms part of the wider Saint Lawrence project driven by the Province. At these sites, which have a clear economic purpose, a technological innovation zone will be focused on logistics activities, life sciences and clean technologies, particularly in the field of energy. The project is intended to generate synergies with plans to extend the port into the Beauport area. Continue reading

Halifax: co-construction around the port infrastructure plan continues

Launched in 2015, the process is continuing with the aim of uniting the community around two key objectives: capitalising on the economic opportunities generated by maritime traffic, while improving the living environment for local residents. Reducing truck traffic is one of the main priorities. Several scenarios have been created, with citizens now being asked to give their reactions.

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Le Port (Reunion, France): a new phase for the EcoCité project with the creation of a Public Interest Group

The Public Interest Group (GIP) “Ecocité La Réunion” brings together the French State and the various local communities concerned. The move is a response to the need for a change of scale and governance for this vast and ambitious project, seen as a testing ground and a demonstration of a sustainable city in a tropical environment.

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Building the port city of the future on Africa’s Atlantic coast: crucial challenges for the future of emerging societies and economies

The new publication by the Sefacil foundation says the continent remains less urbanised, with less coastal development, and less integrated into global logistics value chains than any other. The numerous contributions highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with innovation, technology, education, as well as governance and on-going reforms. AIVP is a member of the Sefacil foundation.
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Barcelona: the port sets out its commitments as part of the UN’s Global Compact on sustainable development

Having signed up to the compact a year ago, the port is keen to forge ahead with efforts to promote greater corporate social responsibility. The port has already brought 63 businesses on board with the initiative, based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goal, and now wants to extend the network through a series of collective actions, going beyond each company’s individual responses. Continue reading

Marseilles (France): Reichen et Robert architects’ studio selected for Warehouse J1

Their project, called La passerelle, was chosen principally because it allows the aesthetics of the building and views of the maritime and city spaces to be preserved. Among other facilities, it will be home to the Lab’ du port (an office building with particular emphasis on innovation incubators and training in the shipping industry), an area for events and leisure activities, a 230-room hotel, restaurants and other places to eat and drink, a space for sports and recreation, and services linked to water-sports and yachting. Planned opening date: 2023

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Port conurbation, cruise ships, canals, freeports: China is betting all out on shipping.

In the south of the country, the government is developing its vision of the “Greater Bay Area” involving no less than 11 cities, with the port of Guangzhou playing the major role. This vision is twinned with the development of freeports to increase its attractions, and the construction of new canals to provide connections between the Yangtze and the Pearl River. And cruise ship ports will not be left behind.
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