South American Port Cities continue fighting the Covid-19

 Health and life quality 

With the threat of the second wave of contagions grows in many countries, in South America, port city actors continue their solidarity actions to reduce the effects of the Covid19. The port of Valparaiso (Chile) continues to support the local community, with donations of equipment to the local hospital and food to disadvantaged collectives. In the meantime, in San Antonio (Chile), the port community lead by the port authority has sponsored a new laboratory to obtain faster test results. In Buenos Aires (Argentina), the port authority has extended the subsidies to concessionaries to reduce the economic impact of the crisis.

Nex News – El Mercurio de Valpraíso, Nex News – El Líder de San Antonio, Portal Portuario

A project inspired by the area’s industrial and maritime past for the Greenwich peninsula (UK)

 Port city interface 

“Morden Wharf” has been designed by OMA architects. It will include 12 apartment blocks, shops, and public spaces, and is heavily inspired by the warehouses, silos and gas holders that once stood on the Greenwich peninsula. There are also plans for a park with views across the Thames to the famous Canary Wharf.

Design boom (+ images)

Referendum in Key West (USA) to decide the future of cruises

 Health and life quality 

The citizen non-profit organization “Key West Committee for Safer Cleaner Ships” has successfully gathered enough signature to call for a referendum in November’s ballot. The referendum will include three questions:

1 – limit the number of pax disembarking to 1,500/day;

2 – ban ships with more than 1,300 pax;

3 – prioritize cruise lines with the best environmental and health records.

This initiative arrives in a critical moment, when the industry is debating when the activity should restart. At the same time that some companies announce national or regional cruises, for example in Italy or Germany, the control institutions of some countries such as the USA, extend the “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships. AIVP hosted a webinar dedicated to cruises last June, and will retake the debate after the summer period, framed under goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, considering the health and life quality of port city citizens.

Safer Cleaner Ships, Maritime-Executive, Cruise Critic, USA Today, CDC USA, AIVP Webinar, Agenda AIVP 2030

More Port Cities are focusing on Biodiversity protection

 Biodiversity 

Two excellent projects focused on preserving or restoring the natural biodiversity: In Rouen (France), the Port Authority HAROPA, has developed between 2017 and 2019 a project to restore the wetlands connected to the Seine river in Sahurs. The new structure and water canal allow the tide to reenter the area and recover the natural environment of the estuary. In 2020 the port authority planted flora improving the integration of the site in the landscape and installed educational panels. In Bahía Blanca (Argentina), the Marine Wildlife Rescue Station has helped more 115 animals from 15 different species, over the past two years, since it was created. This facility is the result of the cooperation of the port authority of Bahía Blanca with several environmental organizations.

HAROPA – Port of Rouen, Port of Bahía Blanca