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International Port City News

11 november 2021

International Port City News

Cities and Ports all over the world are today faced with climate, economic, and digital transformations. New City-Port relationships are taking shape to address these issues. This new publication by the FNAU (National Federation of Urban Planning Agencies) illustrates the scale of change. It features contributions from various experts, including José Sanchez (AIVP), whose preface looks at these different issues, and Olivier Lemaire, General Manager of AIVP, whose conclusion imagines what port cities will look like in 2050. Numerous members of the AIVP network also contributed to the publication.

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Weekly Features

Amsterdam Innovation Partners: Challenges for sustainable port cities
Human capital
Amsterdam Innovation Partners: Challenges for sustainable port cities

The programme “Innovative Partners”, developed by Amsterdam’s Municipality (The Netherlands) engages with innovative entrepreneurs to solve the challenges of public and social organisations, helping them in tender procedure or subsidy application. The ongoing challenges focus on public transport accessibility, energy transition, circular economy, and waste management The port of Amsterdam is one of the main partners, responsible for one challenge and involved in another one. The first one is on-demand power deployment solutions to allow companies to proceed with electrification plans. The second focuses on smart uses of dredging sediments coming from the city and the port canals. The deadline for both is November 24th. Port city innovation ecosystems will be one of the sessions of the Port & City Days that will take place on November 25th and 26th, in Brussels.

Lien   Innovatie Partners Amsterdam
Lien   On-demand power deployment solutions in the Port of Amsterdam
Lien   Smart options for using dredged sediments from Amsterdam
River Logistics in Paris:  from the supermarket to the Olympics
Sustainable mobility
River Logistics in Paris: from the supermarket to the Olympics

Many port cities are also river cities, offering an excellent alternative to traditional urban logistics. In the case of Paris (France), this is visible in different scales. The supermarket chain Franprix has been using the river to supply 300 stores since 2012. This decision saves every year 5000 trucks from the Parisian streets, or 300 000 km of travel and 300 tons of CO2. According to the transport director, the advantages largely compensate the extra cost. On another dimension, the construction works in the technical centre of the SNCF (the French railway company) will include a long conveyor belt to evacuate the site’s debris to a Haropa Port barge on the Seine River. River logistics will also help in the ambition to achieve carbon neutrality for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including the transport of construction material and evacuating debris.

Lien   Le Parisien
Lien   Haropa Port
Port of Incheon (South Korea): a night-time festival and projects for the Coastal Pier
Port City interface
Port of Incheon (South Korea): a night-time festival and projects for the Coastal Pier

The “Open Port Culture Night 2021” festival took place on 5 and 6 November. It invited visitors to rediscover the port as it was at the time of its opening in 1883, through night-time tours, artistic performances, and exhibitions. The municipality has also announced plans to renovate the Coastal Pier and its ferry terminal. The area has become the target of complaints by citizens and tourists. Roads leading to the district will be modified, and a 1 kilometre promenade and vast park will be created. Work is due to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Lien   NewsWorld
East Africa: capitalising on low-carbon solar potential to power the port city
Energy transition and circular economy
East Africa: capitalising on low-carbon solar potential to power the port city

Solar energy is booming on Africa’s east coast, thanks to increased environmental awareness and a commitment to making the region more economically attractive. In Djibouti, where an integrated zone is set to be developed with the port, a 30 MW solar complex is to be launched, in conjunction with a 60 MW wind farm. Efforts are also being made in the islands, whose geographical isolation makes energy independence all the more important. On the island of Mohéli (Comoros), a 152 KW solar plant is set to be built with funding from the EU. It represents an encouraging start for the archipelago’s least populous island. It is a similar story in the Seychelles, where the island of Romainville, which lies opposite the capital Victoria, already provides power to around 10% of urban homes. Finally, there is the Port of Ehoala, where the combined wind and solar plant will generate 20 MW for the neighbouring town of Fort-Dauphin (Madagascar).

Lien   Construction Review
Lien   Le Journal des Archipels
Lien   Jeune Afrique

At a Glance

Health and life quality
New stations to assess air quality in Algeciras and Valencia. Citizens can access to live information with QR code or on the website of the port authority.
Lien   Puerto y Ciudad – Algeciras
Lien   Valenciaport
Climate change
Innovative hybrid cruise ship by Ponant combines LNG with battery power and other green solutions. Ponant will be one of the speakers in the next Port & City Days in Brussels 25th and 26th.
Lien   Cruise Industry News
Lien   Port & City Days by AIVP
Human capital
New ITF – OECD report demystifies container terminal automation. Full automation does not exist yet and the advantages are limited. Social dialogue is key for future development.
Lien   Report ITF – OCDE: Container Port Automation Impacts and Implications
Port City interface
In Las Palmas (Spain), a pedestrian and cycle path reconnects the city with its port. Designed like an urban sculpture, its curved shape offers unrivalled views of the city-port.
Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
Port City interface
Los Angeles (USA): a new promenade and public square opposite the maritime museum are officially inaugurated on the San Pedro waterfront.
Lien   Daily Breeze
Port City interface
The port city of Alappuzha (India) set to breathe new life into its rich maritime heritage.
Lien   Times of India
Port of Alicante (Spain): a collaboration with the university and local businesses in response to the Ports 4.0 invitation to tender.
Lien   Diario del puerto
Climate change
Unprecedented alliance between the ports of Montreal (Canada) and Antwerp (Belgium) to create a green maritime corridor.
Lien   Alliance Verte
Energy transition and circular economy
The port of Los Angeles – Long Beach (USA) is set to impose a “clean trucks” tax to encourage logistics operators to make their vehicles fleets greener.
Lien   Journal of Commerce

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