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International Port City News

April 29, 2021

 
International Port City News

Weekly Features

 
Safety and security: a lesser-known role for ports
 
Governance
 
Safety and security: a lesser-known role for ports

Port authorities have numerous responsibilities that have a substantial impact on the life of the local community. These include protecting the integrity of property and people, blocking illegal trade such as drug or arms trafficking, and reducing industrial risks. In its latest report, the ICS shows that 90% of the cocaine trafficked worldwide passes through ports before reaching consumers. In response, the British Ports Association has launched “PortSafe”, a new awareness campaign to train port workers to spot and report illegal activities. Given their nature, the most important kind of safety for ports to address concerns industrial risks. That’s why Hyunday Heavy has developed an AI-based early fire monitoring solution, particularly useful in areas through which hazardous chemicals regularly pass.

 
Lien   Port Strategy
Lien   Splash 247
Lien   Splash 247 (b)
Fostering Innovation in Argentinian and Spanish port cities
 
Human capital
 
Fostering Innovation in Argentinian and Spanish port cities

Port cities are becoming innovation hubs as several AIVP members show us. In Bahía Blanca, Argentina, the port authority just launched the Smartport Lab, including the 2021 Challenge, for start-ups to present innovative solutions in 4 themes, energy, environmental monitoring, tracking small boat tracking and smart sea tech. In Spain, many port cities are also investing in innovative start-ups. In Sevilla, the port and the university just laid the cornerstone for new CIU3A innovation centre, in an investment of 15 million €. In other cases, the Ports 4.0 by Puertos del Estado is fostering innovation opportunities. For example, in Bilbao, the PortLab will support 6 ideas that will receive funding from the national program.

 
Lien   Puerto de Bahía Blanca
Lien   Puerto de Bahía Blanca – Smart Port Lab
Lien   Universidad de Sevilla
Lien   Port of Bilbao
Protecting birds, whales, and turtles in Le Havre (France) and Vancouver (Canada) and Pointe Noire (Congo)
 
Biodiversity
 
Protecting birds, whales, and turtles in Le Havre (France) and Vancouver (Canada) and Pointe Noire (Congo)

In Le Havre, 25% of the territory controlled by the port authority HAROPA is exclusively dedicated to the environment, therefore, protecting the biodiversity is a crucial responsibility. Among the different actions by HAROPA, is installing nests for birds and bats, and the maintenance of certain dead standing trees that can provide cavities that are favourable for certain species. These actions are part of the Biodiversity Action Plan covering more than 1000 species. Another examples of successful program to protect animal species is the ECHO program for whales, from the port of Vancouver. The recently published 2020 report explains the 6 key projects developed last year, ranging from voluntary vessel slowdown, or tugboats inshore lateral displacement to underwater listening stations and studies. In Pointe Noire, terminal operator Bolloré launched a series of awareness-raising days for families on biodiversity conservation, emphasizing issues relating to sea turtles.

 
Lien   HAROPA – Port du Havre
Lien   HAROPA – Port du Havre – Plan d’Action Biodiversité
Lien   Port of Vancouver
Lien   Bolloré Ports
Green light for the Nazaret Plan in Valencia (Spain)
 
Port City interface
 
Green light for the Nazaret Plan in Valencia (Spain)

The development plan concerns a 23 hectare site south of the Port, which will be transferred to the City. The district will be turned into new green spaces, tertiary and sports installations for the benefit of residents. These include the newly created Parque de Desembocadura, two-thirds funded by the port, and the Levante sports complex. A green pedestrian and cycle route will connect the Parque de Desembocadura with the existing corridor that passes through the logistics zone. Last March, the Port of Valencia also transferred 1.75 hectares to the Town of Gandia. The municipality of Gandia is planning measures to promote integration with existing port activities, while also showcasing the historic hangars.

 
Lien   Las provincias
Lien   Valencia Plaza
Lien   Valencia Plaza (Gandia)
Sydney (Australia): a new future for Bays West
 
Port City interface
 
Sydney (Australia): a new future for Bays West

Bays West is one of Sydney’s major urban regeneration projects. The precinct is still home to port activities, but many have now become obsolete and a significant part of the site is now off-limits to the public. The project aims to create a mixed-use district combining a sustainable working port redeveloped around the blue economy, and urban planning focused on nature, culture, and showcasing heritage assets such as the old coal-fired power station. The creation of new public spaces will be one of the first phases, along with new connections to the rest of the city, including a new metro station. The strategic plan for Bays West was put to community consultation until 29 April.

 
Lien   Consultation Bays West draft Place Strategy
Lien   Bays West draft Place Strategy
 

AIVP News

 
Buenos Aires: road-building as a factor for urban integration and Port-City co-existence
 
Governance
 
Buenos Aires: road-building as a factor for urban integration and Port-City co-existence

Waterfronts are highly coveted areas by all stakeholders in port cities. For port authorities and […]

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
The new cable car in Yokohama (Japan) offers a sustainable mobility solution with views of the waterfront
Lien   The Asahi Shimbun (+ video)
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of Quebec announces plans for a new urban park in the bay of Beauport by 2024
Lien   Port of Quebec
 
 
Governance
 
The city of Bristol (UK) is looking for consultants to discuss plans for the future of the Western Harbour with the local community
Lien   Bristol post
Lien   Western Harbour
 
 
Human capital
 
New Port-University cooperation in San Antonio (Chile) to develop training activities, research and joint projects for students and workers.
Lien   Portal Portuario – Puerto San Antonio
 
 
Port City interface
 
The port of Papeete (French Polynesia) creates a 1.3 km eco-friendly pedestrian promenade to reconcile the port’s activities with sports and leisure uses
Lien   Tahiti infos (+ images)
 
 
Human capital
 
Investing in Human Capital in Singapore. Port Authority and Maritime Foundation will redesign job roles, developing educational Programmes and providing scholarships.
Lien   Hellenic Shipping news
 
 
Governance
 
Durban (South Africa): a massive $7 billion, ten-year investment plan to reposition the port as a continental leader
Lien   Splash 247
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Egypt and Sudan want to create a multimodal port in Wadi Halfa, linked to their plans for a 900 km rail interconnection
Lien   Agence Eco Fin
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
Jennifer Granholm, Energy Secretary in the Biden administration, announces that the US is set to work with Denmark to lead shipping decarbonisation
Lien   Splash 247
 
 
 
 

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