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International Port City News

14 october 2021

International Port City News

During the two days of the Port & City Days by AIVP we will host several keynote speeches and roundtables on the different key topics relevant for the present and future of port cities worldwide. We will discuss about main issues related to the AIVP Agenda 2030, such as climate change adaptation, protection of biodiversity, the global challenge of having quality food for all, the restart of cruises and tourism after covid-19, blue economy, innovation ecosystems in port cities. A major highlight will be the high-level political roundtable of the first day, to discuss the recent policy package “Fit for 55” presented by the EU. This session, with the confirmed presence of Mr. Edouard Philippe (mayor of Le Havre and former Prime Minister of France) will have a special focus on the energy transition in the maritime sector and urban energy demands. We will also debate on the consequences of the EU Green Deal and its repercussions on the global context. See you in Brussels!

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Weekly Features

A “blue economy” challenge for young entrepreneurs in Durban (South Africa)
Human capital
A “blue economy” challenge for young entrepreneurs in Durban (South Africa)

The eThekwini maritime cluster, which includes the city of Durban, the university, local businesses and the port authority Transnet, has launched the second edition of its “blue economy challenge”. This innovation competition is aimed at high school and university students. Entrants will be required to come up with either “concepts”, or fully developed business models. After an initial selection, a mentoring scheme will be arranged with the help of partner organisations, to support the young people with their projects. The theme of the competition is inspired by the goals identified in the “AIVP 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Port Cities”. In the previous edition, the young people selected had developed projects to recycle containers for aquaculture or use the IoT to reduce noise pollution from port cranes.

Lien   eThekwini Maritime Cluster
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Protecting and disclosing port heritage in Leixões and Genoa
Culture and identity
Protecting and disclosing port heritage in Leixões and Genoa

Last weekend, the port of Leixões in Portugal, celebrated the port days, including visits to the cruise terminal. However, the highlight was the inauguration of the Titan, an impressive heritage crane from the 19th century that was rebuild after it was destroyed in an accident in 2012. The project took one year and 2 mill. € of investment and will become a landmark for the port city landscape. The monument will be open to visits during the coming weeks. In Genoa, Italy, during the Italian Port Days, the Open-Air Museum of the Lanterna lighthouse was opened. The Museum includes panels, positioned along the promenade and the park, which tell the history and current events of the port of Genoa and the lighthouse, symbol of the city.

Lien   Port of Leixões
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Rotterdam: Seven climate projects
Climate change
Rotterdam: Seven climate projects

With these seven urban projects, Rotterdam is set to provide residents with an additional 100,000 m2 of green spaces, addressing a genuine need in a city whose population continues to grow. The new spaces will offer opportunities for relaxation and leisure pursuits, while also helping the city to adapt to extreme climate conditions, such as the heat island effect, heavy rainfall, and periods of drought..

Lien   Port of Rotterdam Magazine (+ video)
Montreal: “Les ateliers Cabot”, innovating for carbon neutrality
Montreal: “Les ateliers Cabot”, innovating for carbon neutrality

Designed by Sid Lee Architecture, this project was the winner of the second “C40 Reinventing Cities” competition. The plan aims to transform buildings formerly used by the Canadian Power Boat Corporation. By using low carbon materials, it will allow a 40% reduction in emissions. An urban forest will also be created and 50 to 60% of the site will be earmarked for green spaces, as part of a strategy aimed at reconnecting two major biodiversity corridors, the Lachine Canal and the Aqueduc Canal.

Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
Have your say! New port-city dialogues worldwide
Have your say! New port-city dialogues worldwide

Active dialogues with the citizens are crucial for a good port-city governance, as we can see in many port cities. The ports of Valparaíso (Chile) and Marseille (France) have launched the second stage of their respective dialogues with the citizens. In the first case, the goal is to develop a vision for the complete waterfront, integrating the port project. In the second, there will be three sessions focusing on the port-city connection, the breakwater, and the sector of L’Estaque. In Sevilla (Spain), the port just launched the co-design workshops for the new port-city district, inviting citizens to imagine activities for this area and how to connect them. Finally, in Oslo (Norway), the port authority wants to know the opinion from the citizens regarding the future ferry terminal structure, engaging them in the decision-making process.

Lien   Valparaíso Dialoga
Lien   Dialogue Ville et Port Marseille
Lien   Sevilla – Participa Puerto Ciudad
Lien   Oslo – Say your opinion

At a Glance

Human capital
The International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report assessing the progress and implications of automation in container ports.
Lien   ITF
Energy transition and circular economy
In the Northern Cape province (South Africa), green hydrogen will be produced and exported via the future multimodal port of Boegoebaai.
Lien   Afrik 21
Lien   Global Africa Network
Energy transition and circular economy
The port of Houston (USA) announces it reduced its carbon footprint between 2013 and 2019, while increasing container traffic by 53%.
Lien   Port News
Human capital
Port Authority of Vancouver (Canada) announces $6 million community investment program for Delta connected to the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.
Lien   Port of Vancouver
Health and life quality
Fighting water pollution in Le Havre (France) with the “Jellyfishbot” robot. New device can collect waste and oils and hydrocarbons.
Lien   Paris Normandie
Culture and identity
Exhibition “Un món a bon port. Navegant amb els ODS » in the Clock Building in Valencia (Spain) explains the commitment of the port with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Lien   Valenciaport
Port City interface
In Sydney (Australia), heritage-listed port warehouses are set to be turned into offices for multinational firm Google
Lien   Architecture Australia (+ images)
Port City interface
London (UK): a master plan for 1972 new residential units on the Isle of Dogs gets the green light
Lien   Architects journal
Port City interface
Aqaba (Jordan): the cruise terminal, a key component of the new waterfront, will be built by Abu Dhabi Ports Group
Lien   Maritime Executive

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