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International Port City News

16 december 2021

Weekly Features

 
The potential of the African coastline for renewable energies
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The potential of the African coastline for renewable energies

In two regions of Africa where AIVP is very active, the energy transition is taking shape on the coast. On the Indian Ocean, a solar plant combined with wind turbines is to be installed in Taolagnaro, near Fort-Dauphin (Madagascar). The project is being funded by QMM, which operates the port of Ehoala, and will generate 20 MW of green electricity, part of which will supply local residents. The initiative will cut carbon emissions by 15%. In Réunion (France), the three remaining conventional power plants will be converted into biomass facilities, fuelled by local bagasse, and temporarily by imported wood. The island is targeting carbon neutrality by 2030. The second region leading the way is Morocco, where the country’s top scientific institutions like the INRH have recently estimated the potential for marine energy (tidal or osmotic power). This green electricity could power the hydrogen industry currently taking shape in Casablanca, under the name Green H2A.

 
Lien   L’Express de Madagascar
Lien   Les Echos
Lien   Afrik 21
Lien   Aujourd’hui au Maroc
A port museum opens in Kobé (Japan)
 
Port City interface
 
A port museum opens in Kobé (Japan)

This Port Museum also houses an aquarium that uses digital art to showcase a wide variety of species. The roof terrace offers commanding views of Kobé’s redeveloped waterfront and bay area.

 
Lien   Japan News
Lien   Atoa aquarium opening in Kobe
Lien   Kobe Port Museum
Lien   Aquarium – Atoa
Barcelona aims to be a smart port serving people
 
Governance
 
Barcelona aims to be a smart port serving people

A more prosperous, greener, more human port: that is the commitment signalled by its president Damià Calvet. Some 54 initiatives have been pencilled in for the period between 2021 and 2025, to boost efficiency and sustainability without increasing the port’s territorial footprint. That also means strengthening links with the city, an ambition set out in the “Port Vell 2025” plan, which adds 16 hectares of public spaces to the 60 hectares already available.

 
Lien   El Mercantil
Cape Town: plans for a sea water desalination plant on the V&A Waterfront by 2024
 
Climate change
 
Cape Town: plans for a sea water desalination plant on the V&A Waterfront by 2024

The plant will address the rising need for fresh water at the site, which hosts 24 million visitors a year in a city heavily impacted by climate change.

 
Lien   Afrika21
 

At a Glance

 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma (USA) adopt a net zero plan for 2050
Lien   Offshore Energy
 
 
Biodiversity
 
An ‘emerging valley’ forum in Marseilles (France), to look at how digital tools can help protect biodiversity in Africa
Lien   Afrik 21
 
 
Governance
 
A new call for innovative ‘Ports 4.0’ projects has been launched by Puertos del Estado (Spain), with €6.75M in funding up for grabs
Lien   Ports 4.0
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of Castellón (Spain) redevelops the Muelle de Costa as a leisure area aimed primarily at children
Lien   Port Castello
 
 
Port City interface
 
Santander (Spain): a carefully restored warehouse is set to be turned into a contemporary art gallery
Lien   Australian Design review (+ images)
 
 
Port City interface
 
The White Bay cruise terminal in Sydney will host music festivals all year round.
Lien   Concrete Playground
 
 
Climate change
 
Amsterdam Docklands: Student Experience Minervahaven hosts students from around the world in a sustainable building
Lien   ArchDaily (+ images, plans)
 
 
 
 

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