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International Port City News

June 24, 2021

 
International Port City News
 

In one week’s time, AIVP is organising its next webinar, on Thursday 1st July 2021 at 3pm (French time). In this webinar we will learn from four speakers, representing different approaches and experiences. With the help from Mr. Maurice Jansen, AIVP expert in Human Capital, we will discuss these cases to learn best practices for the future of port cities. Webinar in English (simultaneous translation in French and Spanish). To register, click on the following button!

 
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Weekly Features

 
Coastal adaptation: a growing market to tackle rising sea levels
 
Climate change
 
Coastal adaptation: a growing market to tackle rising sea levels

With a worrying recent study by the Institute for Research and Development (IRD) showing that the annual duration of coastal flooding has doubled since 1993, it is vital for port cities to adapt to the capricious whims of the oceans. Storms and submersive waves can be tamed using new techniques, and this is a real market for innovative businesses. In the Spanish city of Vigo, the firm ECOncrete is building a new concrete breakwater that is compatible with marine wildlife. Anti-submersion structures can house breeding grounds and shelters for fish and crustaceans. An important initiative, particularly given that multi-purpose installations are a fundamental principle for AIVP!

 
Lien   Les Echos
Lien   The Construction Index
Enjoying European port cities during the summer
 
Culture and identity
 
Enjoying European port cities during the summer

Sunny weather and less Covid restrictions to social life invite people to enjoy the rich port city landscape and cultural offer. The Port of Antwerp (Belgium) just launched the “Port Summer” program, including many activities such as hiking and cycling tours in the port territory, the Portopolis exhibition to discover the port, musical tours, Shipspotting or Street art workshop. In Paris (France), urban art is also the topic of a new cultural event. “Libres ensemble” includes five monumental works in the heart of the banks of the Seine River on more than 1500 m² and five emblematic sites. In Livorno (Italy) the port authority is organizing three days of special events and visits to celebrate the reopening of the former granary silo, helping the city to rediscover one of its symbols. Promoting and valorising the port cultural heritage is also one of the themes of the Smart Port Challenge of Marseilles (France), where participants can present their ideas until June 27th. Finally, no port city summer is completed without a boat tour of the port, as the new one presented in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), or in Strasbourg (France).

 
New lease of life for Bergen’s shipyard (Norway)
 
Port City interface
 
New lease of life for Bergen’s shipyard (Norway)

Two winning candidates have been announced for the redevelopment of the site and this waterfront district close to the city centre. “LaX”, a proposal by a team of British architects, will turn the former shipyard into a creative hub for the 21st century maritime industry, focusing on development of marine renewables, electric ships, green marine products, etc. The buildings will be integrated into the urban environment and new pedestrian and cycle routes are planned. “A Living District”, designed by Danish architects OS arkitekter, will make the area a compact, multi-purpose district.

 
Lien   Bergen Kommune
Lien   LaX project – Architecture Today (+ images)
Coming soon to Rotterdam, the “Harbour Experience Centre”
 
Culture and identity
 
Coming soon to Rotterdam, the “Harbour Experience Centre”

The Harbour Experience Centre is now under construction in the Maasvlakte2 district, and should open its doors in 2024. It will replace “FutureLand”, the temporary information centre opened in 2009, and will include five floors of exhibition spaces for visitors to explore, up to the roof terrace. The building was designed by MVRDV to be carbon neutral. Perhaps a future candidate for the “Port Center by AIVP” label?

 
Lien   MVRDV (+ images, plans)
Lien   Design Boom (+ images, plans)
 

AIVP News

 
Port of Leixões (Portugal) : zero emissions by 2035
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
Port of Leixões (Portugal) : zero emissions by 2035

The APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, SA – is also responsible for the Port of Leixões, Portugal’s second largest port by cargo throughput, for the port of Viana do Castelo and the waterways of the Douro River. The port of Leixões is a key economic and logistical engine for the country’s northern industrial region. The port territory is in both cases inserted in urban contexts, especially in municipality of Matosinhos and the metropolitan area of Porto. In this interview with President Nuno AraĂşjo, we will learn about APDL’s commitment to the energy transition and decarbonization of the port.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Governance
 
On 22 and 23 September 2021, CEREMA (France) is organising an innovation competition aimed at ports in association with pioneering companies, start-ups or laboratories
Lien   Port du Futur.fr
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The Port of Montreal (Canada) signs a biofuels agreement with Greenfield Global, covering methanol and bio-ethanol
Lien   World Cargo News
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Inter-island connections in the West Indies: the company TEC is developing fast freight services between Saint Lucia and Martinique
Lien   Le Marin
 
 
Climate change
 
City and Port of Montreal (Canada) working together in the municipality’s 2020-2030 Climate Plan. First action is planting 500 000 trees.
Lien   Plan Climat 2020-2030
Lien   Newswire
 
 
Climate change
 
Sustainability reporting and strategies. Two new examples from Vancouver (Canada) and Malaga (Spain).
Lien   Port of Vancouver
Lien   MalagaPort
 
 
Governance
 
Municipality of Valparaiso (Chile) and port authority initiate a dialogue to progress in an agreement for the city’s development.
Lien   Puerto ValparaĂ­so
 
 
Port City interface
 
Clock Tower Square formally opened in Dover (UK), a public space developed in the Western Docks by capitalising on the local area’s existing heritage
Lien   KentOnline
 
 
Culture and identity
 
The Port of Bahia Blanca (Argentina) launches a tourism and leisure development programme at the port, in collaboration with two universities
Lien   Puerto Bahia Blanca
 
 
Port City interface
 
A former wooden warehouse and listed heritage site on the dock at Walsh Bay in Sydney (Australia) is turned into a theatre
Lien   Australian Design review (+ images)
 
 
 
 

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