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International Port City News

May 6, 2021

 
International Port City News
 

AIVP is organising its next webinar “Port City Safety and Security: comprehending and managing threats together” next Wednesday (12 May 2021) at 15:00 CET. This webinar, exclusively for AIVP members, will be held in French but, for the first time, we are offering simultaneous translation in English and Spanish. In this webinar, we will discuss with our president and vice president, leaders of the ports of Brussels and Quebec, the public security challenges they face on their waterfront. We will also learn from the head of the Genoa waterfront about their new innovative safety system combining employee training and new technologies, and the advice a safety expert can give. Do not waste another minute, register now!

 
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Weekly Features

 
Majorca (Balearics): a combined effort to create an innovation hub
 
Port City interface
 
Majorca (Balearics): a combined effort to create an innovation hub

The City of Palma de Majorca, Port of the Balearic Islands, University, Majorcan Council, and Government of the Balearics have signed a memorandum of understanding, that will enable the creation of an innovation hub in the Nou Llevant waterfront district. Bringing together the research and business communities, this new ecosystem will lead to a more sustainable, more inclusive city and a diversified economy.

 
Lien   Port de Balears
Exploring fish nurseries in the Port Center of Côte d’Azur (France)
 
Biodiversity
 
Exploring fish nurseries in the Port Center of Côte d’Azur (France)

The Port Center is now offering 3 new virtual itineraries to highlight the good ecological practices of port professionals to preserve heritage, environment, and biodiversity. The new experiences include navigating aboard a solar vessel, participating in the collection of wastewaters from a yacht and diving into the Biohuts, providing ecological restoration. The 56 Biohuts, implemented in 2015, are fish nurseries developed by AIVP member Ecocean to improve “ecological restoration” offering shelters for younger specimens, as well as small crustaceans, crabs, and others. The virtual visits accompany one of divers that regularly monitors the shelters.

Photo Dylan Meiffret – Nice Matin

 
Lien   Nice Matin – Port Center CĂ´te d´Azur
Lien   Port Center CĂ´te d´Azur
Changes announced for the Melbourne waterfront (Australia)
 
Port City interface
 
Changes announced for the Melbourne waterfront (Australia)

A revised Waterfront City plan was recently submitted to the State of Victoria. The initial project for this precinct at the Northern tip of the Docklands was rejected by the City last September, on the grounds that the buildings (office and apartment blocks) were too high, too much space was earmarked for vehicles, etc. The new project puts more emphasis on public spaces, including on the roof of an existing car park, and pedestrian links with the waterfront and neighbouring precincts. A call for tenders was launched on 15 April to create a Media City in the Docklands (opening in 2022), while measures have been adopted to protect the industrial heritage at Fishermans Bend. The site is set to host 80,000 residents and 80,000 workers by 2050. Meanwhile, the north bank of the Yarra River will be turned into a green corridor connecting different precincts of the city.

 
Lien   Docklands News – Waterfront City
Lien   Docklands News – EOI Media Precinct
Lien   Docklands News – Fishermans Bend
Lien   Architecture Australia (Yarra River)
Cutting CO2 emissions… and more
 
Health and life quality
 
Cutting CO2 emissions… and more

In the field of air pollution, there are numerous initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions. However, other gases also cause health problems. A “sulphur emissions control zone” has been set up in Genoa (Italy), to ensure that the gas makes up no more than 0.10% of the exhaust fumes emitted by vessels of all kinds. Elsewhere, the “clean cruise ship” network organised by the NGO NABU, which focuses on fine particular matter and nitrogen oxides emitted in the Mediterranean, has led to improved practices. In Northern Europe, Helsinki is often held up as an example. In the city, a hub for passenger traffic on the Baltic Sea, a recent report shows that cold ironing facilities will help achieve a 60% reduction in emissions by 2025.

 
Lien   Port of Genoa
Lien   Nabu
Lien   Port of Helsinki
New terminal concession will impulse port-city tourism in Taranto (Italy).
 
Health and life quality
 
New terminal concession will impulse port-city tourism in Taranto (Italy).

After months at berth, cruises are gradually restarting in several countries. In some port cities, like Taranto with important news: the cruise terminal operator Global Port Holding just signed a 20-year concession agreement to manage the cruise passenger terminal. The new multifunctional building called “Falanto” – currently under construction – will be the preferential berth for cruise ships, while also a key element of the port-city interface. The new business agreement, will strength the tourism strategy in which port and city have been cooperating in recent months. Cruises will restart in Taranto on May 5th.

 
Lien   AutoritĂ  di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio – Taranto
Lien   AIVP Interview – Taranto Port President
Lien   Tourism Strategy
Cruises restart in Savona (Italy), France and USA.
 
Health and life quality
 
Cruises restart in Savona (Italy), France and USA.

In Savona, cruises have restarted with LNG-powered green ships. The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority is also investing in cold ironing in the passenger port to reduce the environmental impact of these ships. Following the cases of Italy, Greece and Malta among others, the French government has announced that cruises will restart as soon as June 30th. In South Florida (USA) it will be in July, if ships can certify that 98% of their crew and 95% of their passengers are vaccinated.

 
Lien   Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority
Lien   Business Insider
Lien   Tour Mag
Lien   Miami Herald
 

AIVP News

 
Renewing and measuring the effectiveness of governance
 
Governance
 
Renewing and measuring the effectiveness of governance

Port city governance is complex and even open to interpretation. Each country has its own […]

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Climate change
 
Port of Valencia (Spain) invests 15 million euros for the regeneration of the southern beaches
Lien   Valenciaport
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Private and public actors sign Metropolitan charter in Bordeaux (France) to reduce energy consumption in tertiary buildings, and to become a positive energy metropolis by 2050.
Lien   Bordeaux MĂ©tropole
 
 
Human capital
 
Public-private partnership BlueCape will support the Ocean Economy in V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (South Africa).
Lien   Engineering News
 
 
Port City interface
 
Brisbane (Australia): a look back at the project to transform the old coal plant into a cultural venue
Lien   World Architecture (+ images)
 
 
Health and life quality
 
Port of Quebec: a new vaccination hub will be located in the new cruise terminal.
Lien   News Wire
 
 
Port City interface
 
Port Autonome de Strasbourg (France) moves into a more sustainable building, close to the city
Lien   Port Autonome de Strasbourg
 
 
Health and life quality
 
Florida Senate (USA) passes bill to overturn Key West cruise ship ban
Lien   The Maritime Executive – Florida
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port and City of Santander (Spain) have reached an agreement to regenerate the Maura dock by 2022 and re-open the site to local residents
Lien   El estrecho digital
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Sea Tech Week 2022 will be held in Brest (France): the deadline for submitting contributions is 6 September 2021
Lien   Sea Tech Week
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Could there soon be an undersea tunnel between Helsinki (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia)?
Lien   Mer et marine
Lien   Rail journal
 
 
Biodiversity
 
Water hyacinths used to absorb pollution at Port Autonome de Cotonou (Benin)
Lien   Agence Ecofin
 
 
 
 

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