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International Port City News

23 december 2021

Weekly Features

 
Toulon (France): the former military base set to become a new district of the city
 
Port City interface
 
Toulon (France): the former military base set to become a new district of the city

The ‘Môle des Torpilles’, an abandoned building that stands at the entrance to Toulon harbour and was once used by the French navy to test torpedoes, is to be converted into a wellness and cultural centre, including a restaurant with 360° views. At the former military site, a spectacular redevelopment is planned with cultural installations in the old seaplane hangar, a conference centre, a luxury 105-room hotel, and four office buildings. The plan will use marine thermal energy and solar power, and is expected to cost a total of 150 million euros.

 
Lien   Var matin (+ images, video)
Helsinki: local residents consulted on plans for South Harbour
 
Governance
 
Helsinki: local residents consulted on plans for South Harbour

The architectural design competition has been launched to find solutions for developing cultural and leisure uses in Makasiiniranta, the last remaining zone occupied by the former port. Residents have until 16 January 2022 to give their verdict on the nine different proposals. In March, four teams will be shortlisted by the jury, and residents will then be consulted a second time. The winner will be announced in autumn 2022.

 
Lien   Makasiiniranta competition
Lien   Consultation documents
Seattle’s Port and Aquarium (USA) sign a partnership for ocean sustainability
 
Biodiversity
 
Seattle’s Port and Aquarium (USA) sign a partnership for ocean sustainability

Every year, some 12 million tourists visit the new waterfront in Seattle, State of Washington (USA). No fewer than 850,000 of them stop by the city’s aquarium, which has a fine reputation for raising public awareness about the important of protecting marine species. Over the next five years, the port is set to invest $5 million to co-fund plans to expand the aquarium, which will be renamed “Ocean Pavilion”. A MoU was signed in December 2021 by the chairman of the port committee and the CEO of the aquarium, to pave the way for a long-term collaboration. It represents an opportunity to highlight the port authority’s efforts in favour of the environment, but also to promote synergies between port innovation and the natural sciences.

 
Lien   Port of Seattle
 

AIVP News

 
The city of Pointe-Noire wants to give biodiversity the space it needs
 
Biodiversity
 
The city of Pointe-Noire wants to give biodiversity the space it needs

Pointe-Noire, the administrative capital of the Republic of the Congo, is also the country’s economic lung, with an important contribution made by the deepwater port and the oil terminal. Today it must take steps to meet the threats to its coastline, natural areas and marine resources. In this interview, M. Jean-François Kando, Deputy Mayor of Pointe-Noire, tells us about the measures which will enable the city to respond to these threats and “Protect Biodiversity”.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Engie and Equinor will develop low-carbon hydrogen in the cross-border complex of North Sea Port (Belgium / Netherlands)
Lien   Port News
 
 
Governance
 
Ningbo-Zhoushan (China) tops 30 million TEUs, of which 2.6 million are handled by fully automated systems
Lien   The Maritime Executive
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The port and municipality of Gdnyia (Poland) are working together to develop green hydrogen at the port terminals and urban transport
Lien   Offshore Energy
 
 
Port City interface
 
Vancouver: an award for the Shipyards, now a bustling tourist destination
Lien   British Columbia Economic Development Association of (BCEDA)
Lien   Video
 
 
Governance
 
The Ile de Nantes (France) is continuing its transformation and creating a Citizen Lab, which will be consulted throughout 2022
Lien   Ile de Nantes, SAMOA
 
 
Port City interface
 
Moscow: the “House of Culture”, designed by Renzo Piano in a former hydro-electric power station, has officially opened.
Lien   UBM magazine (+ images, plans)
Lien   Design Boom (+ images)
Lien   Moscow Mayor website
 
 
Port City interface
 
San Diego (USA): green spaces, buffer zone… Plans for Barrio Logan are set to reduce the impact of port activities for local residents.
Lien   San Diego Union Tribune
 
 
 
 

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