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International Port City News

June 3, 2021

 
International Port City News
 

Download the thematic dossier, produced by AIVP, which lists good practices at international level on Climate change adaptation and learn how to anticipate the consequences of climate change for river or maritime city ports. AIVP’s Agenda 2030 is the first global initiative that adapts the 17 UN Sustainable Development Objectives to the specific context of City Port relations. This document, drawn up jointly with the members of AIVP at the Quebec Conference in 2018, sets 10 objectives for 2030, including Climate change adaptation.

 
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Weekly Features

 
The Waypoint Park project in Bellingham (United States) enters a new phase
 
Governance
 
The Waypoint Park project in Bellingham (United States) enters a new phase

The Port and City of Bellingham joined forces to redevelop this disused industrial site on the waterfront. Work to create new public spaces and restore the natural environmental began in 2016. The award-winning Waypoint Park was officially opened to the public in 2018. The next phase of development work on this park and the Central Pier is now under way. There are plans for new promenades, viewing towers, public spaces, artistic installations, and more. Local residents have been invited to give their views on the project.

 
Lien   Engage Bellingham (+ video)
Lien   City of Bellingham
“Magasin 4” in Brussels is set to be turned into a concert hall
 
Port City interface
 
“Magasin 4” in Brussels is set to be turned into a concert hall

The City, Region, and Urban Development Company (SAU) have chosen architects “CENTRAL sociĂ©tĂ© d’architectes belge” to redevelop Magasin 4 site near the Brussels canal into a concert hall. The new venue will add to the other cultural and leisure amenities being created in this fast-changing canal-side district.

 
Lien   SAU (+ images)
Lien   bx1 (+ video)
Introducing the younger ones to the maritime world
 
Culture and identity
 
Introducing the younger ones to the maritime world

The recent European Maritime Day is an excellent reason to bring people closer to ports and the sea. For example, in Genoa, Italy, the port authority organized port visits for children treated at the local pediatric hospitals in Genoa and Savona. On the same date, the Italian port of Taranto presented a preview of the project “Open Port – Exhibition center del Porto di Taranto”. The future Port Center will be a path of discovery with playful experiences to bring port and city closer together. Another way to introduce children and teenagers is with online events with the schools, as the port of San Antonio in Chile has been doing. Their last webinar was organized with a high school from Cartagena, for teenagers studying port operations. In the webinar, the port authority invited different representatives from the port community, including the customs and terminals, so the students could have a direct interaction with the port professionals.

 
Lien   European Maritime Day
Lien   Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority
Lien   AutoritĂ  di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio – Taranto
Lien   Portal Portuario – Puerto San Antonio
LNG: are all the lights green?
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
LNG: are all the lights green?

LNG and bio-LNG plants are springing up in greater numbers, along with refuelling terminals for shipping. Bio-LNG is obtained from fermentation of slurry or natural waste, and is considered to be a renewable source of fuel. These processes could prove useful for the “circular economy”. That is why Wärtsila is planning to expand its bio-LNG plant in Skogn (Norway) to supply the shipping industry in Europe and beyond. There is also demand from developing countries. The port of Mumbai (India) has announced plans to build an LNG terminal, the sixth on India’s west coast. A number of studies have been published estimating the real impact of LNG and bio-LNG in terms of emissions, both of carbon and gases that are hazardous to health. The representative body “Sea-LNG” has pointed to a research suggesting a 23% reduction in CO² emissions. But in order to provide a more impartial picture, there is a vital need for more academic studies of the kind undertaken by Queen Mary University in London (UK).

 
Lien   PortNews.ru
Lien   Greenport
Lien   Offshore Energy
Lien   Sea-LNG
Honouring the port city history
 
Culture and identity
 
Honouring the port city history

Port cities have been stages of historical events. It is necessary to preserve the historic memory, to explain and include it in cultural heritage preservation strategies. For example, in La Spezia (Italy), the port authority created a commemorative monument and a didactic route with ten “stations”, composed of ten showcases, in the renovated Molo Pagliari to explain the important role of this place for Jewish refugees coming from concentration camps in 1946. Another example can be found in Algeciras (Spain), where the port authority is developing a project for comprehensive restoration and musealization of the Isla Verde Fortress, fundamental for the history of the city. On the European Maritime Day, the institution premiered the documentary “El Fuerte de Isla Verde”, explaining the history of the fortress and the project. The fortress will open to the public in 2023.

 
Lien   Facebook – AutoritĂ  di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale
Lien   Port of Algeciras
 

At a Glance

 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Port of Oslo (Norway) invests in sustainable mobility with its first electric truck. The goal of the port authority is to be 100 percent electric on land by 2025.
Lien   Port of Oslo
 
 
Human capital
 
Smart Port Lab launches of BahĂ­a Blanca (Argentina) launches the 2021 challenge focusing on boat monitoring, environmental protection, marine energy, and port maintenance.
Lien   Puerto de BahĂ­a Blanca
 
 
Governance
 
Sustainability reports presented in the port of Talcahuano, with the support of the port community.
Lien   Portal Portuario – Puerto Talcahuano
 
 
Human capital
 
Sustainability ambassadors will help the port of Barcelona (Spain) to disseminate the values of sustainable development in the Port Community.
Lien   Port of Barcelona – Press Release (PDF)
 
 
Port City interface
 
Plans for a floating swimming pool in New York’s East River have finally been given the go-ahead, after ten years…
Lien   Deezen (+ images)
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of the Balearics and the City of Mahon officially open a panoramic elevator designed to promote improved City-Port integration
Lien   El estrecho digital (+ images)
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
A unique logistics and industrial platform set to open soon in Adétikopé (Togo)
Lien   Pouvoirs d’Afrique
 
 
Health and life quality
 
Long Beach (United States): the port authority is strongly increasing financial incentives for environmentally responsible vessels (ESI index)
Lien   PortNews.ru
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The port of Abu Dhabi (UAE) will produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia using solar panels
Lien   Splash 247
 
 
 
 

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