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International Port City News

4 november 2021

 
International Port City News
 

The kick-off meeting of the new Working Group focused on sustainable port-city relationships and cruises took place on last 27th of october. Cruises and tourism will also be one of the topics in the next AIVP Port & City Days in Brussels, on November 25th and 26th.

 
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Weekly Features

 
AIVP & MedCruise hold the kick-off meeting of the new Working Group on Cruises and Port Cities
 
Health and life quality
 
AIVP & MedCruise hold the kick-off meeting of the new Working Group on Cruises and Port Cities

AIVP-MedCruise new joint Working Group focused on sustainable port-city relationships and cruises was officially launched on Wednesday 27th October 2021. The kick-off meeting held online with the members of both organisations emphasise the importance of the WG and the main goal to reflect and share of good practices that can facilitate a better and sustainable coexistence between port cities and cruises. During the kick-off meeting, were identified the main topics linked with the port-city sustainability, which are cruises acceptability-social integration, communication and engagement with stakeholders, environmental challenges, restart of cruises and post-COVID recovery and increase of the positive economic impact of cruise calls to be among them. The 25 members of the group include ports and cities from Europe, Africa, North and South America. We will host a session focusing on cruises and tourism in the next AIVP Port & City Days in Brussels, on November 25th and 26th.

 
Lien   AIVP News
Lien   Port & City Days by AIVP
Offshore wind: juggling marine biodiversity and renewable energy
 
Biodiversity
 
Offshore wind: juggling marine biodiversity and renewable energy

Where the foundations of offshore wind turbines rest on the seabed, currents and sedimentary deposits can be affected.  The vast wind farms installed at sea can have a non-negligible impact on crustaceans and molluscs living in the silt and sand at the bottom, or on species of fish that reproduce in the area. The prevent this, the company ECOncrete – which recently joined AIVP – has developed a system for protecting sediments. The first systems will be installed in the United States, with the help of Lafarge Holcim, as part of President Biden’s Green Deal.

 
Lien   Alt Energy Mag
Lien   ECOncrete
The town of La Rochelle (France) keen to work with local residents to transform disused port land
 
Governance
 
The town of La Rochelle (France) keen to work with local residents to transform disused port land

At the end of the 1980s, the town acquired “Le Gabut”, a site formerly used for port activities. Shops, housing, and offices gradually populated the area. However, a 5,000 m2 space remained, combining both an esplanade overlooking the port and abandoned buildings. Plans for a hotel on the site were ultimately shelved in 2014. This summer, the municipal authority launched a public consultation to breathe new life into this disused area. The aim is to develop socio-cultural activities, while preserving the iconic site’s maritime heritage.

 
Lien   Ville de La Rochelle
Lien   “Dessine-moi un Gabut”
“Reimagine Middle Branch”: Baltimore joins forces with citizens to reinvent itself
 
Climate change
 
“Reimagine Middle Branch”: Baltimore joins forces with citizens to reinvent itself

James Corner Field Operations was chosen to lead this huge project along an 18 km stretch of waterfront. The firm recently revealed the project outline to the public, stressing that the plans are not final and will change. Various consultation meetings are due to take place in the coming weeks and months. One of the aims is to reconnect waterfront areas and the 19 districts concerned, which have been fragmented over time by the various infrastructures built there. The creation of parks, public spaces, and new access paths and routes will give priority to pedestrians and cyclists. They will restore community cohesion and access to the river. The waterfront redevelopment will also make the area more resilient against storms and flood risks, including by creating wetlands, which also help to promote biodiversity.

 
Lien   Baltimore Fishbowl
Lien   Middlebranch waterfront
Lien   Reimagine Middle Branch
Celebrating port and maritime culture in Lisbon and Quebec
 
Culture and identity
 
Celebrating port and maritime culture in Lisbon and Quebec

The port of Lisbon (Portugal) celebrated its 134th anniversary with several days with activities, including port visits, a regatta, seminars, and a photo competition. One of the highlights of the weekend was the inauguration of a special, very colourful, basketball court in the port territory next to the container terminal. The project is a cooperation between the port authority and Hoopers collective, with urban artist Flix. At the same time, the 21st edition of the Quebec Marine Day took place in Canada. The events engaged several ports, with activities such as career days, conferences and drawing competitions.

 
Lien   Port of Lisbon – 134th Anniversary
Lien   Port of Lisbon – Basketball court
Lien   Hoopers
Lien   JournĂ©e maritime quĂ©bĂ©coise
AIVP members support the “Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization”
 
Climate change
 
AIVP members support the “Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization”

The initiative launched by the by the Getting to Zero Coalition in partnership with the Global Maritime Forum, World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action, calls on public and private organizations from the maritime, energy and financial sectors to accelerate the energy transition of international shipping and achieve the goal of zero emissions by 2050. The Call will be presented at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) taking place this week in Glasgow (Scotland). Among the 200 signatories are 15 ports, including AIVP members, the ports of Algeciras, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Montreal, Rotterdam, Valencia and Vancouver. The energy transition will be the main topic of the high-level roundtable during the AIVP Port & Days in Brussels next November 25th and 26th.

 
Lien   Getting to Zero Coalition
Lien   Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
Lien   Port of Montreal
Lien   Valenciaport
 

AIVP News

 
Port Autonome de Strasbourg aims to restore biodiversity to its rightful place
 
Biodiversity
 
Port Autonome de Strasbourg aims to restore biodiversity to its rightful place

The various sites operated by Port Autonome de Strasbourg are all located in the Rhine valley, an environment rich in biodiversity. Eager to sustain and develop its activities over the long term, the operator is also committed to preserving that local biodiversity through numerous initiatives. The strategy is fully in line with Commitment no. 10 of our AIVP 2030 Agenda. Interview with Emilie GRAVIER, Director of Development at Port Autonome de Strasbourg.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Health and life quality
 
Port of Amsterdam (Netherlands) organizes the 3rd edition of the Port Cleanup. In Montreal (Canada), port employees join the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Lien   Port of Amsterdam
Lien   Port of Montreal
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
North Sea Port (Belgium and Netherlands): a circular economy hub. New chemical recycling plant will have an annual capacity of 55,000 tons of mixed plastic waste
Lien   North Sea Port
 
 
Human capital
 
The Port of Seville (Spain) has been awarded the CEU Fernando III Prize for Scientific and Technical Research.
Lien   CEU AndalucĂ­a
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
MAN Trucks and HHLA launch a self-driving truck pilot project at the port of Hamburg (Germany)
Lien   Transporama
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The port of Corpus Christi signs a partnership deal with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop carbon capture technology.
Lien   American Journal of Transportation
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Aberdeen (Scotland) becomes a major hub for offshore wind services in the North Sea.
Lien   Offshore Wind
 
 
Port City interface
 
In Prague (Czechia), architect Petr Janda is transforming 4 km of docks into promenades and multi-purpose public spaces
Lien   Dezeen (+ images)
 
 
Port City interface
 
Shanghai (China): plans for a culture and health centre designed by Steven Holl Architects on the banks of the Punan canal
Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
 
 
Port City interface
 
Huelva (Spain): the Port renews its agreement with the College of Architects to develop its Port-City projects
Lien   Huelva Informacion
 
 
Human capital
 
Port of San Antonio (Chile) hosts gastronomic fair in cooperation with the chamber of commerce, supporting 30 local entrepreneurs.
Lien   Portal Portuario – Puerto San Antonio
 
 
 
 

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