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International Port City News

July 8, 2021

Weekly Features

Consultation for Kennewick waterfront (Wa, USA)
Port City interface
Consultation for Kennewick waterfront (Wa, USA)

In 2020, the river port of Kennewick held a consultation on plans to redevelop a historic waterfront district along the Columbia River. The process has now been completed. The master plan for the next 15 to 20 years includes proposals to create small shops, restaurants, offices, and public spaces including event venues, street art, pedestrian promenades, cycle paths, etc.

Lien   KEPR
Lien   Port of Kennewick (+ draft masterplan)
Liverpool (UK): six teams in contention for Canning Dock
Culture and identity
Liverpool (UK): six teams in contention for Canning Dock

The competition launched by National Museums Liverpool aims to showcase the unique history of this world heritage site. The site has historical links to the transatlantic slave trade, and proposals are required to reflect this aspect by working with Liverpool’s black community. Elsewhere, Liverpool’s docks could be set to lose the world heritage status awarded to them in 2004, due to the skyscrapers planned as part of the Liverpool Waters project, despite repeated criticism from UNESCO since 2017.

Lien   The Guide Liverpool (+ video)
Lien   Canning Dock Competition
Lien   The Guardian
Lien   Sify
Shore power: Europeans (finally) on the same page
Energy transition and circular economy
Shore power: Europeans (finally) on the same page

The provision of shoreside electrical power to ships at berth is not only a potential avenue of energy savings, but can also reduce air pollution in port cities. There are complex challenges involved, however, as such facilities require both technical expertise and cooperation between all ports. Some pioneering ports are well ahead of the rest in this area. Gothenburg (Sweden) will have shore power in place for tankers from 2023, despite such facilities being very rare for vessels of this kind. Other ports have not yet equipped their docks for cruise ships or ferries, which are usually the priority. To address these disparities, a MoU has been signed by the ports of Bremen, Hamburg, Haropa, Antwerp, and Rotterdam. They have committed to accelerating the process, and crucially to standardise the shore power systems installed, which will make life easier for both shipping companies and local power grid operators.

Lien   Splash 247
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


Mersin (Turkey): human capital as a key asset
Human capital
Mersin (Turkey): human capital as a key asset

Developing the skills and motivation of employees continuously, whilst ensuring readiness for the jobs of the future: in Turquey, for Cihat LokmanoÄźlu, these are two clear and essential requirements. The Mersin Chamber of Shipping of the port city is embarking on a range of actions and cooperation initiatives with various educational institutions.

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At a Glance

Culture and identity
In London, the first residents have moved into their apartments in the former Battersea power station, an iconic building on the edge of the Thames.
Lien   Building (+ images)
Culture and identity
The Mayor of Saint-Malo (France) abandons Kengo Kuma’s maritime museum project, judged to be too costly. However, plans for a museum are still being considered.
Lien   Ville de Saint-Malo
Lien   Actu
In Vilaboa (Spain), the Port of Vigo is set to sell 50% of its land to the City, a total of 2.46 hectares
Lien   Diario del Puerto
Energy transition and circular economy
The start-up Ayro, based in Marseilles (France), is set to test sail power for container ships
Lien   Mer et marine
Energy transition and circular economy
A Coruña (Spain): a green hydrogen production plant is to be built at the port
Lien   Diario del Puerto
Sustainable mobility
The intermodal port of Lamu (Kenya) opens, giving landlocked Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Somalia access to the ocean
Lien   Agence Ecofin

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