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International Port City News

June 11, 2021

 
International Port City News
 

We are happy to announce our next webinar of the Port City Talks, Thursday 1st July 2021 from 3pm to 4pm (CEST). This time we will discuss Human Capital Development, focusing on formation and training, with three excellent speakers from IPER, UNCTAD and Puertos del Estado, with the moderation of Maurice Jansen, AIVP expert in the topic. There will be live translation into French and Spanish. More information soon!

 
 

Weekly Features

 
Cycling in French and Dutch Port Cities
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Cycling in French and Dutch Port Cities

The World Bicycle Day (3rd of June) highlights the advantages of using bicycles: a clean, simple, and cheap transport mode that also has health benefits. In Goal 3 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, we encourage projects for sustainable mobility in port cities, such as bicycles. One example of this is the new greenway for cyclists and pedestrians in Le Havre, France. The route, extending 7 km., connects the city to the Pont de Normandie, and responds to a double need: offering a clean commute for the industrial area and completing Vélomaritime®, European cycling route, for local leisure and tourists. In Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the port authority, municipalities and companies are working together to improve port workers’ commute. The multimodal strategy includes a free e-bike pool scheme trial. Companies can apply to receive three e-bikes for three months and promotional material to encourage employees to cycle to work.

 
Lien   World Bicycle Day
Lien   HAROPA – Port du Havre
Lien   Port of Rotterdam
World Environment Day. Port cities strengthen their commitment.
 
Biodiversity
 
World Environment Day. Port cities strengthen their commitment.

Environmental externalities are one of the main concerns in port cities. On the World Environmental Day (and Ocean Week), many AIVP members have shown their commitment to reduce them and protect the local ecosystem. We can find examples in several Canadian cases. In Montreal, the Port Authority announced that is renewing its partnership with the St. Lawrence action fund (Marine Biodiversity Program) to contribute to the sustainability of the ecosystem. In Quebec city, the port authority is joining the cleaning campaign of the Beauport Bay. At the same time, the Port of Vancouver is starting the 5th year of the ECHO program to protect cetaceans, while also recognizing efforts to reduce emissions of 19 port companies with the Blue Circle Awards. In other countries, like Spain, many ports have focused on awareness actions and webinars, such as the cases of Barcelona, Valencia or Málaga. Finally, in cases like Oslo (Norway) the focus was on new technology such as the autonomous drone that will help to keep fjord of Oslo clean.

 
Lien   Port of Montreal
Lien   Port of Quebec – Semaine de l’ocĂ©an
Lien   Port of Vancouver – ECHO Program
Lien   Port of Vancouver -Blue Circle Awards
Lien   Port of Barcelona – Press Release (PDF)
Lien   Valenciaport
Lien   Malaga Port
Lien   Port of Oslo
Port Cities in Italy and The Netherlands invest in Port Centers
 
Culture and identity
 
Port Cities in Italy and The Netherlands invest in Port Centers

More and more port cities are convinced that Port Centers are the best tools to foster a sustainable dialogue between the port, the city, and the citizens. Recent examples can be found in Italy, where the port of Taranto just launched “Open Port – Exhibition center del Porto di Taranto”, and the PNA of the North Tyrrhenian Sea has plans for Piombino and Porto Ferraio. This week, the port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) presented the ambitious Port Experience Centre (HEC) that will replace FutureLand, in the Maasvlakte 2. Besides explaining the social, economic, and environmental relevance of port activities, the HEC will also explain energy transition and digitisation in an understandable way. The new facility will be designed by famous architects MVRDV and will be part of the broader strategy ‘Experience the port’ that also includes the future Port Pavilion, in the city centre.

 
Lien   Porto di Taranto
Lien   Livorno Port Center
Lien   Port of Rotterdam
Lien   AIVP Port Pavilion Rotterdam
New course from UNCTAD “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics”
 
Human capital
 
New course from UNCTAD “Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics”

The global pandemic has demonstrated once again the important role of ports in our society. The UNCTAD TrainForTrade Programme is launching a new, free of charge, online course to support and prepare port actors to respond to crisis moments such as pandemics. The course will train participants to prepare crisis protocols and communication strategies, assess the impact of pandemics on cargo flow and the threat to the health of the staff, as well as to identify risks and define mitigation strategies. The Building Port Resilience Against Pandemics (BPR) course will take place between June 28th and July 30th.

All interested participants should register themselves at https://tft-reg.unctad.org/ using the passcode BPR2021.

 
HAROPA: an opportunity for the port cities of the Seine!
 
Governance
 
HAROPA: an opportunity for the port cities of the Seine!

“A river and maritime complex that continues to respect the environment and shared uses”: that is the stated ambition of Stéphane Raison, Chief Executive of the new Haropa Port complex. On 1 June, the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris (including the Gennevilliers river platform) merged to create France’s biggest international commercial port. One of the new port’s main advantages will be multimodality. Traffic will be focused on the river, with the help of towns and cities along the Seine, whose mayors made a commitment on 31 May to give priority to public procurement goods shipped via the river.

 
Lien   Le Journal de l’Axe Seine
Lien   Haropa Ports
Lien   Ouest France
New City Port project in Cherbourg (France)
 
Governance
 
New City Port project in Cherbourg (France)

The former transatlantic cruise terminal in Cherbourg has already been redeveloped as the Cité de la Mer maritime museum. But the district between the terminal and the city centre is still home to abandoned warehouses and buildings. The City is keen to turn it into a leading mixed-use precinct. There are plans to develop housing, tertiary facilities, cultural venues, public spaces and promenades. The project will also showcase the local maritime heritage, and in particular the transatlantic cruise terminal itself. The project includes measures to address the risk of coastal flooding. Setec Organisation is currently working on the preliminary planning study. A users committee has also been set up.

 
Lien   Ville de Cherbourg (+ video, plans)
Lien   Project (Pdf)
Jiangyin Docklands (China) to be redeveloped
 
Biodiversity
 
Jiangyin Docklands (China) to be redeveloped

The area is set to be turned into a dense and dynamic new district. A 4 km stretch of land along the Yangtze River has already been transformed into an urban park. This initial phase of the project saw measures to restore local biodiversity by re-creating microhabitats. Recreational and leisure facilities have been created, along with a network of urban parks. To the east of the site, the vestiges of an old shipyard (slipways, cranes, buildings) have been re-used to preserve the site’s identity.

 
Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
Lien   Architizer (+ images)
 

At a Glance

 
 
Biodiversity
 
Port Cities reporting sustainable development strategies with the AIVP Agenda 2030. New good practices in Algeciras (Spain), Trois-Rivières (Canada) and Saint John (Canada).
Lien   Port Algeciras
Lien   Port Trois-Rivières
Lien   Port Saint John
 
 
Human capital
 
AIVP vice-president for Latin-America Carlos Mondaca has been re-elected as president of CorporaciĂłn de Puertos del Conosur. This will be his 3rd mandate leading the organization in charge of promoting the cruise industry in Chile.
Lien   Portal Cruceros
 
 
Culture and identity
 
The Museum of History of Barcelona and the Port Authority work together to present a virtual and physical exhibition on the “Barceloneta I” shipwreck and the evolution of the port.
Lien   Port of Barcelona
Lien   Derelicte Barceloneta
 
 
Culture and identity
 
“The colours of the port”, this is the new title of the drawing competition launched in Valparaíso (Chile) by the Baburizza Museum and the Port. Children will have a chance to share their vision of the port city.
Lien   MarĂ­timo Portuario
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Michelin launches an inflatable sail dubbed “Wind Sail Mobility” for 2022
Lien   Mer et Marine
Lien   Splash247
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The port of PĂ©cem (Brazil) is set to use tidal power to generate electricity
Lien   Energy Global
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Chinese company China Navigation wants to develop wind-assisted inter-island cargo shipping to serve the small islands of the Pacific
Lien   Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport
Lien   SWIRE China Navigation
 
 
Port City interface
 
Bilbao (Spain): 52,000 m2 of land on the island of Zorrotzaurre made available for urban uses following work carried out by the port
Lien   Deia
Lien   Diario el Canal
 
 
Culture and identity
 
Lorient (France): the State agrees to help fund the redevelopment of four disused sites in the port district, including “La Glacière” which will be demolished.
Lien   Le TĂ©lĂ©gramme
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Smart mobility: a self-driving electric vessel is being tested on the canals of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Lien   Design Boom (+ images)
 
 
 
 

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