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International Port City News

9 september 2021

 
International Port City News
 

AIVP and MedCruise have decided to create a new joint Working Group focused on sustainable port- city relationships and cruises. Members of AIVP and MedCruise can apply to join. Applications are open until the 30th of September 2021.

 
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Weekly Features

 
Multifunctional cruise ship terminal at Tallinn (Estonia)
 
Port City interface
 
Multifunctional cruise ship terminal at Tallinn (Estonia)

The new cruise ship terminal at Tallinn is now operational. Its environmental impact has been reduced by the installation of solar panels and use of marine power. Furthermore, it is a multifunctional installation: outside the cruise ship season it can be used for events, concerts and conferences. A new promenade has been opened giving access to various tourist zones, including the old city centre classed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. It is yet another attraction in Tallinn, an ancient port that already draws 10 million passengers a year.

Port of Tallinn (+ images)

 
Recreational use of the Old Port of Montreal receives a boost
 
Governance
 
Recreational use of the Old Port of Montreal receives a boost

Canada Lands Company has announced the launch in 2022 of the first phase of work to redevelop access to the Old Port of Montreal, and public spaces on the site. An investment of 50 million CAN$ is planned. The works form part of a master plan developed from a long public consultation process. The object of this long-term view is to give new life to a recreational and tourist site along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, already the most popular in Quebec with 6 million visitors a year. Recreational use of the site will be boosted, and the planned redevelopment will provide much better integration between the Old Port and the historic quarter of Old Montreal.

Canada Lands Company ; Press release ; The Old Port of the Future

 
Investing in biodiversity for port-city territory
 
Biodiversity
 
Investing in biodiversity for port-city territory

The IUCN World Conservation Congress has just opened in Marseilles. One of the priorities of this world congress is the preservation of marine mammals. Port cities certainly have a responsibility in this area, but also a window of opportunity, according to a report by the World Bank, which estimates future investment at 711 billion US$. The report cites the example of Colombo (Sri Lanka), where investment in coastal wetlands is an integral part of the master plans. The African Development Bank wants to go further still: it proposes that biodiversity should be included in estimating GDP. 30 to 50% of the total wealth of Africa comes from ecosystem services or natural heritage.

 
Lien   World Bank
Lien   Afrik 21
Lien   Le Monde
Beirut Port-City Dialogue
 
Governance
 
Beirut Port-City Dialogue

More than one year after the tragic explosion that devastated the Lebanese capital, the reconstruction plans remain unclear. Already at the end of 2020 the World Bank published a note addressing the key challenges of the port sector in Beirut, with the support of international experts and AIVP members like the Port of Rotterdam. During springtime, a German initiative was launched coordinated by HPC. The particularity of this proposal is that it proposes a comprehensive plan for both port and city, including the reconstruction of the port terminals and neighbourhoods, following an “European approach”. Even if the political situation remains unstable, the German team has recently given another step by launching the Beirut PortCity Dialogue to discuss the different options for the reconstruction, engaging the citizens in this debate.

 
Lien   Beirut PortCity Dialogue
Sustainable construction sites in Brussels? Use the canals!
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Sustainable construction sites in Brussels? Use the canals!

The Belgian capital hosts many important construction sites, requiring a huge amount of materials. To avoid using trucks and the negative impact they could have in the environment, economy and traffic, the Port of Brussels (PoB) is working with developers to use waterway transport. The five-year plan for construction sites developed by the PoB involves 80 projects and includes the support of one transport expert, free of charge, to help the developers and contractors plan their logistics. Waterway logistics have already helped different project to be more sustainable, for example transporting sand for a sports complex, saving 106 tons ofCO2. Besides the commercial use, the canal is also for the environment and leisure. For that reason, the PoB is also developing a new biodiversity plan and making the area more accessible with new pedestrian and cycling bridges.

 
Lien   Port of Brussels
Lien   L’Echo – Port of Brussels
Lien   Port of Brussels – New Bridges
Lien   Facebook – Port of Brussels
 

At a Glance

 
 
Climate change
 
The “Green Park” in Beira (Mozambique) will help to reduce the risk of flooding and will be a new recreational area
Lien   Le Journal des Archipels
Lien   TPF (+ images)
 
 
Climate change
 
Oslo (Norway): the Munch Museum should finally open in October in the old port area of Bjorvika. Sustainability has been at the heart of its design.
Lien   Archinect (+ images)
 
 
Port City interface
 
Container re-use: a new example in Los Angeles will provide 232 housing units for homeless people.
Lien   Deezen (+ images)
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
Miami (USA): the world’s biggest cruise ship port will provide quayside electricity by 2023.
Lien   Offshore Energy
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
The dry port of Adétikopé (Togo) has opened to relieve congestion in the city and port of Lomé.
Lien   Agence Eco Fin
Lien   Jeune Afrique
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Cape Town container terminal (South Africa) may be relocated to make way for new urban activities.
Lien   Maritime Executive
 
 
Culture and identity
 
Celebrating the history of port labour in San Antonio, Chile, with a new photography book.
Lien   Puerto San Antonio
 
 
Human capital
 
MED’INNOVANT by Euroméditerranée: Start-ups are invited to present their proposals on 5 challenges from circular economy to energy or governance.
Lien   EuromĂ©diterranĂ©e – Medinnovant
 
 
Biodiversity
 
New nature reserves in the Port of Antwerp (Belgium) to attract migratory birds.
Lien   Port of Antwerp – RTBF
 
 
 
 

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