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International Port City News

23 september 2021

 
International Port City News
 

Sustainable tourism strategies; transport plans for tourists and locals; reducing emissions of ships, increasing the economic impact or guaranteeing the security of visitors and citizens these are some of key topics we have identified for the new Working Groups on sustainable cruises and port cities… what other key question do you think we should address? Have your say! You still have one week to apply!

 
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Weekly Features

 
Maritime livestock shipping: a source of animal suffering and a nuisance for local residents
 
Biodiversity
 
Maritime livestock shipping: a source of animal suffering and a nuisance for local residents

Two events have recently put livestock shipping in the spotlight. The first was the tragic loss of 43 sailors and 6,000 cows when a ship sank off the coast of Japan. The second involved a carrier becoming stuck in the Suez Canal, with thousands of animals stuck in the holds at temperatures of more than 30°C. A recent report by ISEMAR highlighted the lack of maintenance of livestock carriers, and the conditions in which they arrive in ports. Port authorities have little in the way of responsibility when it comes to these vessels. Most ports have no animal welfare officer. Negative externalities can be generated for local residents, as in Las Palmas (Spain), when offensive odours from livestock carriers are carried into the city by the wind. In addition, under the MARPOL convention (annex 5), carriers have special dispensation to dispose of carcasses at sea. Local residents sometimes find animal carcasses washed up on the beaches of Spain and Italy. This macabre reality should give us all pause for thought.

 
Lien   ISEMAR
Lien   The Guardian
Lien   La Provincia
Lien   Courrier International
Smart Port awards for innovation in data use and collaboration
 
Human capital
 
Smart Port awards for innovation in data use and collaboration

Port city actors like the Port of Algeciras in Spain (APBA), are decisively encouraging innovation and new technologies with different initiatives, such as idea competitions. The third edition of “Travesía de la Innovación – Innovation Journey” invites the complete port ecosystem to join the Data Driven Innovation Challenge to find new ways to add value to the use of data. At the same time, the EU project SPEED (European Smart Ports Ecosystem Development) has extended the period to apply to the TomorrowPorts innovation award, focusing on collaboration within port ecosystems. AIVP has been collaborating with SPEED in the past months. The project has also launched the Smart Port Barometer, to assess and benchmark each smart port maturity how far each organization is on the road to be a smart port. Innovation ecosystems in port cities will be one of the key topics for the next AIVP events in Brussels, don’t miss it!

 
Lien   Port of Algeciras
Lien   SPEED – TomorrowPorts Innovation award
Lien   SPEED – Smart Port Barometer
New career opportunities in the port and maritime sectors
 
Culture and identity
 
New career opportunities in the port and maritime sectors

Port City actors are increasingly supporting the development of Human Capital. One example is the internship program promoted by the Port and River Foundation of Bilbao (Spain). Young people under 30 from the riverside municipalities can apply for a position in the port authority. Another example is in Oslo (Norway), where the port authority cooperates with engineering company COWI in their COWI Try programme. For 7 weeks, 11 students reflected on the future of Filipstad, climate change and the role of water. It is also necessary to cooperate with local actors, as the port authority of San Pedro (Ivory Coast) does in the Regional Day of Merit and Excellence (JRMEX), promoting professional and academic excellence. Education is the base for a good career. Fortunately, worldwide, maritime educational programs are becoming more common, including scholarships such as in Hamilton (Canada) or Los Angeles, or awareness actions, such as in New York (USA).

 
Lien   Port of Bilbao
Lien   Port of Oslo
Lien   Port of San Pedro
Lien   Port of Hamilton
Lien   Port of LA
Lien   Silive – New York
London: creative industries and riverfront access in Greenwich
 
Port City interface
 
London: creative industries and riverfront access in Greenwich

The masterplan for Mordern Wharf has just been given the green light. The development concerns a 2.4 hectare former industrial port site. An existing warehouse will be preserved and converted to accommodate small enterprises and creative industries, building on the area’s industrial past. Some 1,500 new homes, of which 35% will be affordable, will be spread across twelve residential buildings, while there are also plans to create commercial space. A key highlight of the project is access to the river, along with a new 1.6 hectare public park on the banks of the Thames. The project is expected to create 700 permanent jobs..

 
Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
Lien   World Architecture (+ images, plans)
Valencia (Spain): a 100% sustainable passenger terminal
 
Port City interface
 
Valencia (Spain): a 100% sustainable passenger terminal

The Port of Valencia is set to begin work on renovating the former shipyard, which will house its new passenger terminal. Some aspects of the shipyard will be preserved for their heritage value. The passenger terminal is intended to set a new benchmark in terms of sustainability and the environment. The project is using a host of solutions to achieve this goal, including energy autonomy, solar panels, shore power, recycling of waste from the terminal and ships in a specially built biogas plant, and more. The building will also house a Centre of Innovation and Eco-Efficiency, along with a training centre for the Baleària Business School. The project is designed to integrate cruise activity into the city more effectively. This is a key concern for our port cities, which we will have the opportunity to discuss at our upcoming AIVP Days gathering in Brussels on 25 and 26 November.

 
Lien   Valencia Port
Lien   Cruise news
Lien   Video Baleària
 

AIVP News

 
AELER: the new member of AIVP reinvents the container to make it smart and sustainable
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
AELER: the new member of AIVP reinvents the container to make it smart and sustainable

AELER’s mission is to accelerate the digital transformation of global freight logistics through structural and digital innovation, improving sustainability and efficiency along the supply chain while providing transparency. To that end, AELER has created the Unit One, a new generation of smart & green containers.

 
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Gender gap in the port sector. Italian ports undersign a new equal opportunity agreement
 
Human capital
 
Gender gap in the port sector. Italian ports undersign a new equal opportunity agreement

One of the main issues in relation to human capital and value of the person referred to ports and surrounding areas regards the role of Women in Transport. A key issue that has been brought to the EU level in diverse occasions and with diverse results. One thing is still certain, the number of women working in this field is still very low over the EU and, in particular, in the South of Europe.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The company EDP is set to build a green hydrogen plant in Pecém (Brazil) by 2022.
Lien   Port News
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
CEREMA measures fine particles at the port of Bordeaux (France) to improve air quality.
Lien   Actu Environnement
 
 
Governance
 
Port-Louis (Mauritius) is launching a call for projects to associate the blue economy with three key areas: pharmaceuticals, wellness, and food.
Lien   Le Journal des Archipels
Lien   Innovation Turbine
 
 
Human capital
 
The Surfrider Foundation Europe has launched a call for young maritime world ambassador to be trained in sea jobs and shipping.
Lien   Surfrider Foundation
 
 
Biodiversity
 
Port of Saint John (Canada) Waterbird Survey: New call for citizen scientists to capture information on the abundance and distribution of waterbirds.
Lien   Nature NB
 
 
Culture and identity
 
Discovering the ports of Brest (France) and North Sea Port (Belgium) by bus and boat, or the port of Le Havre with… Instawalks!
Lien   North Sea Port – Cruises
Lien   Port of Brest – Journées du patrimoine
Lien   Port Center of Le Havre – Port City Instawalks
 
 
Port City interface
 
Hong Kong: a key component of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the M+ Museum is finally set to open on the Victoria Harbour waterfront
Lien   Archinect (+ images, video)
Lien   M+ Museum
 
 
Port City interface
 
Lisbon (Portugal): two industrial buildings converted into student accommodation with 114 studios overlooking the port
Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
 
 
Governance
 
The City of Melbourne (Australia) holds a public consultation on plans for the “Greenline”, a proposed pedestrian and cycle promenade along a 4 km stretch of the Yarra River
Lien   Docklands News
Lien   Greenline Consultation
 
 
 
 

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