The port of the future will be increasingly integrated into the city

Pino Musolino, boss of the Port of Venice, is a strong proponent of this vision. The challenge is to gradually build a new ecosystem within which the port, city and residents constantly exchange resources, skills and knowledge. Dialogue is needed to create a consensus for projects at every level, from local, to national and international. Cooperation is the way forward to a shared vision of the port of tomorrow. Continue reading

DockstheFuture: the European project enters its initial phase

The DocksTheFuture project aims to set out a futuristic vision for ports in 2030 and to take up the challenges. It will help the EU Commission (DG MOVE and INEA) to ensure better coordination and networking of projects, programmes and policies in the area of research and innovation. AIVP has been asked to contribute as an independent expert on the “City Port relationship” topic. Continue reading

Gdansk: the Imperial Shipyards set to be refurbished by Henning Larsen Architects

With its strong heritage and identity, the site is important to local residents. Henning Larsen wants to turn it into a distinct district of the historic city centre in its own right, restoring waterfront access for locals and promoting cycling and walking, through redevelopment of the public spaces. Three new spaces are planned: The Plaza, located close to the building where the historic accords were signed in 1980, The Park, a green recreational space between the river and the city, and The Dock, which will include 3500 homes, an urban beach, and a marina.

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New York, Hunter’s Point: a resilient waterfront park

The second phase of the South Waterfront Park project has been completed. Designed by SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi, the development occupies a 4.45 hectare former industrial site. In addition to housing a variety of recreational facilities, it will also help protect the city against heatwaves or storms, a resilient approach that can also be seen in the recently completed Domino Park in Brooklyn.

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Chile: dialogue with communities and cities central to the new port policy

This is the key issue identified in the strategic orientations and priority investment policies unveiled by the Chilean government to the ten national port authorities, following the appointment of their new presidents. The focus is on proposing mechanisms to promote integration, notably in terms of governance. Employment, mobility and the environment will also be crucial to City-Port-Citizen dialogue. Continue reading

Plans for a desalination plant at the Port of Corpus Christi spark major concerns among local residents

To anticipate the potential need for water and to encourage inward investment, the Port has already decided to file a planning application. The move quickly drew criticism from environmental organisations and local residents, who fear the plant will have a serious impact on marine wildlife and endanger the regional fishing industry.

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Liverpool: a Maritime Knowledge Hub


The Hub will be one of the cornerstones of Wirral Waters, the regeneration scheme for the south bank of the Mersey. The aim is to make the hub a leading global centre for research, innovation, education and training in the maritime industries. Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has been selected for the project. The Hub will include two buildings, including the 19th century Hydraulic Tower, which will be restored and refurbished, while there will also be a major focus on green spaces, including roof terraces.

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Port cooperation: a host of projects with diverse plans, strategies and policies

This issue of Research in Transportation Management and Business, edited by Theo Notteboom, Francesco Parola and Géraldine Knatz, features 13 international contributions on this essential subject from countries including Italy, Japan, the US, China and Chile, all of which have recently introduced reforms or hosted local initiatives with significant implications for the port authorities concerned. Continue reading

The Port of Quequen (Argentina) devises a plan to monitor marine wildlife

The port is committed to monitoring marine wildlife, and in particular eared seals. Aware of the impact of port activities on biodiversity, the port has joined forces with environmental groups to create a comprehensive programme including educational initiatives, research, monitoring, protection and care of animals. Continue reading

Hamburg Innovation Port: work gets under way

The project designed by MVRDV includes four main buildings including a hotel, conference areas, offices, laboratories and research facilities. A significant amount of space will be earmarked for public use, including green roof terraces, to encourage interaction between people working in the zone. The project should be delivered by spring 2019, and will form part of the Channel Hamburg technology hub due to be created on the former site of Harburg’s inland port.

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