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International Port City News

July 22, 2021

International Port City News

Find here the official position of AIVP, regarding the green package “Fit For 55” presented last week by the European Commission. Our association argues that it is essential to promote cooperation between ports and cities for a good implementation of the environmental measures affecting them: alternative fuels (Fuel EU maritime initiative), energy efficiency of buildings or onshore power supply.

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Weekly Features

South Africa: reconciling port performance and ecological transition
Energy transition and circular economy
South Africa: reconciling port performance and ecological transition

Despite the recent troubles that have shaken Durban in particular, the country aims to continue on its path to sustainable development through its port cities. A new report commissioned by the “Getting to Zero Coalition” has revealed its potential for renewable energy sources and alternative fuels. A company has been mandated by the government to create a “Hydrogen road map”. The country’s ports enjoy an ideal location on the trade route between Africa and South-east Asia, as well as abundant mineral resources and marine energy (wave-power or offshore wind farms). The report points to Richards Bay (uMhlathuze), Coega (Ngqura) and Saldanha Bay as promising cities. A new port organisation is to be formed, separating commercial development from sovereign missions. It will be an opportunity to modernise terminals and attract new private investors.

Lien   Offshore Energy
Lien   Environmental Defense Fund
Lien   Ports et corridors
Cruises: Restarting in Canada, relocated in Venice
Health and life quality
Cruises: Restarting in Canada, relocated in Venice

The cruise sector is gradually restarting all over the world. Canada’s government just announced that the ban on cruises will end in next November 1st, already expecting the recovery of the sector in the next season.
In Italy, the national government approved a decree-law introducing forbidding as of August 1st large cruise from sailing into the centre of Venice. These cruise ships will now be docked in the industrial port of Marghera. A total investment of 157 million € is planned for the necessary adaptations and creation of up to five new berthing points. For the president of port authority these measures will be a double challenge for the port of Venice: managing the transition to Marghera and continuing the operations of one of the global leading destinations. The port authority already launched an idea competition last June for the construction and management of mooring points for cruise and container ships outside the protected waters of the Venetian Lagoon.

Lien   Government of Canada
Lien   Government of Italy
Lien   Port of Venice – Press Release
Lien   Port of Venice – Idea Competition
New port pavilion in Rotterdam inaugurated
Culture and identity
New port pavilion in Rotterdam inaugurated

The new space, with a mission similar to Port Centers, will include an information point about the port, workshops of the Maritime Museum and two catering establishments. Starting July 30th, visitors will be able to get acquainted with the port of Rotterdam today on large, moving screens, showing how large, diverse and contrasting the port is. In a dynamic projection on a photo model visitors will be offered inspiring tips & trips to explore the port themselves, including cycling routes, tours, attractions, beaches, and nature reserves in and around the port. The Port Pavilion, in the middle of the city, where the port of Rotterdam was once created, will inform and inspire residents and visitors to enter the port and experience its greatness and diversity for themselves. The surrounding public space will also be renovated, in early 2022. We already learnt about the project in an interview with the Port Authority of Rotterdam published last October.

Lien   Port of Rotterdam
Lien   AIVP Interview – Port of Rotterdam
Lien   Arch Daily (+ images, plans)


Investing in human capital : the example of SMMC, a logistic company in Madagascar
Human capital
Investing in human capital : the example of SMMC, a logistic company in Madagascar

Qualified and well prepared professional are crucial for any succesful company. In this interview we discover the good practice from SMMC.

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At a Glance

Port City interface
Antwerp (Belgium): an award for the public spaces created by the redevelopment of 7 km of wharves along the Escaut.
Lien   Quays of the River Schelde – award (+ images, vidĂ©o)
Lien   LILA – Landezine International Landscape Award, Public Project category
Port City interface
Saint-Nazaire (France): work in progress on an urban park – a buffer zone between the “Chantiers de l’Atlantique” industrial-port zone and a residential district.
Lien   Saint-Nazaire
Sustainable mobility
Agreement reached between the Port of Bilbao (Spain) and the City of Santurtzi to improve pedestrian/cycle promenades and create new public spaces.
Lien   El Canal MarĂ­timo y LogĂ­stico
Sustainable mobility
Dakar (Senegal) will host the Week for Sustainable Mobility and Climate between 13th and 17th September 2021
Lien   SMDC 2021
Energy transition and circular economy
Liquefied biomethane produced from household waste from the city of Marseilles (France) will enable ships to be supplied from 2024.
Lien   Actu Environnement
Lien   Le Marin
The port of Shanghai (China) and the Huawei company will develop remote control of port operations to advance towards a “smart port”.
Lien   PR Newswire
Energy transition and circular economy
Port of Oslo (Norway) has been awarded a NOK 18 million (1,7 mill. €) grant for digitalisation contributing to efficient and environmentally friendly ports
Lien   Port of Oslo
Energy transition and circular economy
The Port Authority of Balears (Spain) will collaborate with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya to develop a climate change adaptation plan for its ports
Lien   Port Authority of the Balearic Islands

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