EU invests in greener ports

 Energy transition and circular economy 

The European Union’s Green Deal wants to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the energy transition is one the main challenges. For that reason, there are increasing efforts to make port greener, backed by EU project financing, particularly to develop a hydrogen-based energy production and to electrify the quays and provide green energy to docked ships. The EU recently presented its Hydrogen Plan with three phases, until 2050, supported by the new European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. Under this continental framework, the RH2INE project has received funding to research the transportation based on hydrogen-powered inland barges, connecting the port of Rotterdam with Rhine region. Further on, three new projects will impulse the electrification of quays in the ports of Valencia, Helsinki and Venice. These projects are both in a study and application phases, being the cruises and ferries as the first ones to benefit from on shore power supply.

EU Green Deal, EU Hydrogen Plan, EU Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Safety 4 Sea, Port of Valencia, Port of Helsinki, Messaggero Marittimo

Gender equality and work/life balance in Port Cities

 Human capital 

Two AIVP members have shown in the past days their clear commitment for these two crucial issues for goal 5 of the AIVP Agenda 2030 concerning Human Capital. The port of Barcelona (Spain), has launched the new equality plan for 2020-2022. In Montreal (Canada), the port has received a third part recognition from “Concilivi” for its work/life balance policies. The port created in 2019 a conciliation committee that short after launched the Work/Family/Personal Life Charter with specific measures that have also been helpful during the covid-19 pandemic.

Port of Barcelona, Port of Montreal

New ways to explore the Port City Culture

 Culture and identity 

While the restrictions to social gatherings continue to apply, port city actors are developing new ways to explore the port city culture. Port Saint John in Canada has published online the storybook Port City Champ and prepared a scavenger hunt for families. The participants can enjoy this activity to explore their port city on foot or wheels. In Rotterdam, this year’s edition of the World Port Days festival will finally take place virtually under the title “Port Stories”, with the “Digital Port Day” on September 5th. Other online initiatives are also taking place in Chile, for example in San Antonio, where the port is inviting the local community to share their historical photos, or in Valparaíso where a citizen’s organizations is hosting online events to discuss neighbourhoods’ initiatives and stories.

Port Saint John, World Port Days, Portal Portuario, Relatos Porteños

Protecting port city biodiversity in Le Havre


There is an increasing attention to protect the local biodiversity of port cities. In previous weeks we have seen the examples Trieste, Seville, Montreal and Quebec. A new project this week comes from France. The Port Authority of Le Havre, HAROPA in cooperation with the Seine-Normandy Water Agency has installed a floating pontoon and artificial marine habitats to recover the local flora and fauna. The new installation will also work as nurseries for fish and support wildlife. The project also includes the ecological monitoring for the next two years.

HAROPA – Port of Le Havre

New committee will improve the port-citizen dialogue in Halifax


The Halifax Port Authority in Canada is creating the Port Community Liaison Committee (PCLC) to establish a more fluent dialogue with the local citizens. The new body will have an independent chair and comprise 15 individuals representing a broad mix of port city citizens. One of the advantages of the new committee is that it will highlight the opinion of people with a different background than the usual port user. Interested citizens can contact the port authority, and the President and the Chair will select the first group.

Port of Halifax

New Port Center in Dunkirk

 Culture and identity 

Last Saturday, 4th of July, the Port Center of Dunkirk (France) opened its doors to public for the 1st time. The process started 2 years ago, with the support of the main partners, the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Port Authority, ACMAPOR association (Association for the creation of a home for port life and traditions) and the Port Museum. The new Port Center is located in the Port Museum and its exhibition is based on 7 topics: the identity the port, ships, goods, men, territory, prospects and opening to the world. The new space with 240 sqm. will be main point for the port-city-citizen relationship.

Dunkerque Port Center

Protecting Biodiversity in Port Cities: Working with nature in Sevilla


The port of Sevilla (Spain) presents an innovative project combining the management of dredging sediments and the creation of new habitats for threatened aquatic birds. This project follows the new work philosophy of “working with nature” and is a collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). More ports around world are making new efforts for biodiversity. The port of Singapore has commissioned a coral relocation and conservation program, and in Imbituba (Brazil), the port launched the 12º edition of the whale monitoring program as part of their environmental plan.

Port of Sevilla (PDF), Rice Media, Portos e Navios