Spain: the Court of Auditors expresses reservations on the multiplication of port investments.

The Court blames ports for not carrying out realistic studies of the real demand underlying every new infrastructure work. It demands the definition of a clearer national strategy and control mechanisms. The response to market demands must be analysed more deeply from a national perspective and not port by port. The Court does not recognise a direct correlation between infrastructure expenditure and efficiency gains. Continue reading

Trieste: conference on the circular economy and competitiveness in port cities

Organised by AREA Science and the Port of Trieste, the meeting was an opportunity for experts to discuss innovative solutions and models made possible by the circular economy. They debated the positive impacts and added value generated in terms of employment for a port city territory like Trieste. Continue reading

Melbourne: the State of Victoria proposes a huge development project for the 480 ha of Fisherman’s Bend

The declared object is to make it a benchmark for resilient, sustainable urban redevelopment. It is expected to house 80,000 people by 2050. Five sectors which have been identified. One of these, which has been defined as an economic and innovation cluster of national importance, will be devoted to generating up to 80,000 new jobs.

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Guadeloupe, active member of AIVP, wins ESPO Award 2017

This year, the annual prix awarded by ESPO was devoted to the commitment of ports to promoting artistic and cultural projects in their communities. The Port de la Guadeloupe project, entitled Port’Art, is intended to be broad and diverse. It will enable a large percentage of the island’s population to discover port territories through art and history, and also raise awareness among young people through artistic creations produced jointly with local schools. Today, after years of investment in society, the Port of Guadeloupe is paying more and more attention to the intangible benefits of these “soft” values in its activities and their competitiveness. Continue reading

Bergen (Norway): joint decision by the City, Port and Tourist Office to limit cruise passenger numbers

With cruise passenger numbers rising constantly, stakeholders in port city of Bergen, home to Norway’s biggest cruise port, have decided to regulate ship and passenger traffic. The move follows similar decisions by other ports such as Dubrovnik, which are refusing tourist development at any cost to the quality of life of residents and tourists themselves. Continue reading

Toronto: Sidewalk Labs will be the lead partner for plans to turn the Eastern Waterfront into an innovation hub

The stated aim is to make the project a model of urban post-industrial redevelopment by relying on cutting-edge digital technologies. The project will be initiated with Quayside, a site that accounts for 4.9 of the total 325 hectares that comprise the Port Lands. The project is designed for and with the wider community: citizens, businesses, startups, scientists, local organisations, etc.

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Port master plans: flexibility increasingly vital as long term planning becomes more difficult

In addition to commercial prospects, master plans now need to take account of faster technological advances and the impact of climate change. Being ready for the future is an increasingly demanding challenge as interactions between ports, economic operators and even objects are intensifying. And within that complex ecosystem, human beings need to find their place. Continue reading

Public debate in Livorno: the mayor and the President of the Port enter a constructive phase for the extension plans

The debate, which brought together a large number of local stakeholders, associations, professionals and politicians, focused on plans to convert the maritime terminal and extend the container terminal. The latter project was revised downwards following recent studies highlighting the importance of more stringent environmental and financial requirements. Finally, environmental monitoring needs to be established to observe air quality and possible noise pollution. Continue reading

Strasbourg: the Port gets a new HQ designed to showcase city-port integration

The sustainable new building will be situated in a central position at the heart of the port’s activities, providing an iconic structure in the rapidly-changing district that forms the interface between city and port. The architecture, by Rey Luquet & Associés, has been designed to take account of port workers’ needs, while the exterior developments and landscaping will ensure the building is well integrated into its surroundings.

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“Ports and Networks”: a collective work revisiting the place of ports within their territories

This book recently published by Routledge is organised in three sections: port strategies, operations and finally prospects. Governance, logistical hub, port-city relations, performance, sustainability and innovation are among the subjects addressed. The work is based on a number of case studies, theoretical analyses and examples of good practices. Continue reading