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International Port City News

July 15, 2021

Weekly Features

 
Rebuilding the port of Beirut: the first ideas emerge
 
Port City interface
 
Rebuilding the port of Beirut: the first ideas emerge

An international design competition was launched in the wake of the explosion of an ammonium nitrate warehouse at the port of Beirut in August 2020, which destroyed the neighbouring districts, claiming over 200 lives and inuring thousands more. A team of four your Palestinian architects has won the international competition to redesign the area. Their project, entitled “The Aftermath – Productive Beirut”, focuses on providing production spaces and vocational schools, to create jobs and fight against the unemployment exacerbated by the explosion in 2020. Temporary for 300,000 Lebanese residents who lost their homes could then be turned into permanent dwellings or work spaces. Public spaces and local markets would also be created for the residents, while measures would be taken to preserve the local collective memory.

 
Lien   Chronique Palestine
Lien   Al Monitor
Lien   The Phoenix Prize-Winners 2021
Marseilles (France): a new future for J1
 
Culture and identity
 
Marseilles (France): a new future for J1

Work to redevelop Hangar J1 on the city’s waterfront is set to begin in early 2022. The three-storey site will house a Marriott hotel with 130 rooms, along with offices, shops, and a maritime business incubator and training centre. The project, dubbed “J1 La Passerelle” (“J1 The Gateway”) is designed by Bernard Reichen, and focuses heavily on the need to open up the port to the city. Outdoor spaces will be designed to allow public access to dock 82, which is used by large yachts and other sailing vessels. Meanwhile, dock 84 will house restaurant terraces, and also a swimming pool on a floating barge alongside J1. The environmental footprint of the newly redeveloped J1 is set to be reduced by using solar panels and marine thermal energy.

 
Lien   Les Nouvelles Publications
Methanol: an alternative way to improve ports’ green credentials?
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
Methanol: an alternative way to improve ports’ green credentials?

When it comes to shrinking the carbon footprint of ports, the debate is mainly focused on hydrogen and its nitrogen-based compound, ammonia. Yet we already have a technology that is simpler to control: methanol. It can be produced from captured CO², biomass, or green waste, making it a potentially green resource. That is why the port of Antwerp (Belgium) is set to launch a prototype tug powered by methanol. The trial will be a world-first, and could pave the way to much lower carbon emissions for these vessels, with their powerful engines. Meanwhile, Maersk is to trial the use of methanol in larger vessels, starting with a 2,000 TEU container ship in 2023, also a world-first.

 
Lien   Offshore Energy
Lien   Offshore Energy
Fostering Innovation in Argentinian and Spanish port cities
 
Human capital
 
Fostering Innovation in Argentinian and Spanish port cities

Port cities are becoming innovation hubs as several AIVP members show us. In Bahía Blanca, Argentina, the port authority just launched the Smartport Lab, including the 2021 Challenge, for start-ups to present innovative solutions in 4 themes, energy, environmental monitoring, tracking small boat tracking and smart sea tech. In Spain, many port cities are also investing in innovative start-ups. In Sevilla, the port and the university just laid the cornerstone for new CIU3A innovation centre, in an investment of 15 million €. In other cases, the Ports 4.0 by Puertos del Estado is fostering innovation opportunities. For example, in Bilbao, the PortLab will support 6 ideas that will receive funding from the national program.

 
Lien   Puerto de Bahía Blanca
Lien   Puerto de Bahía Blanca – Smart Port Lab
Lien   Universidad de Sevilla
Lien   Port of Bilbao
 

AIVP News

 
ENGIE : Decarbonizing Ports, The Promise of As-a-Service Models for Zero-Emissions Trucks
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
ENGIE : Decarbonizing Ports, The Promise of As-a-Service Models for Zero-Emissions Trucks

As heavy-duty trucks represent around 40% of a port’s carbon impact, their energy transition is a crucial topic. A more sustainable port-city territory needs greener port trucks. For this reason we have asked Vincenzo Giordano, Director of “sustainability solutions” at ENGIE Impact, to share his opinion.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of Oslo is funding work to extend a park that will house a green space, along with basketball and tennis courts. It will also serve as a buffer zone between the port and the neighbouring district
Lien   Oslo Havn
 
 
Port City interface
 
San Francisco (USA): a former shipyard is to be turned into a green space covering nearly 4 hectares
Lien   SFist (+ video)
 
 
Culture and identity
 
In Sydney (Australia), the site of an old coal loader is set to be transformed into public parklands and given heritage status
Lien   The Sydney Morning Herald
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
Wave energy to be trialled in the Orkney Islands (UK) as part of the “Blue X” project
Lien   Splash247
 
 
Governance
 
Cybersecurity: DSME shipyard (South Korea) targeted by hackers
Lien   Mer et marine
 
 
Human capital
 
The autonomous region of Valencia and the ValenciaPort foundation (Spain) are set to join forces for vocational training in the field of port logistics
Lien   Diario del Puerto
 
 
 
 

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