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International Port City News

13 january 2022

 
International Port City News

Weekly Features

 
Container recycling
 
Port City interface
 
Container recycling

Floating student accommodation, a removable stadium, homes, a car park, a coffee shop, basketball bleachers, a hotel, offices… A look back at 12 projects that capitalise on the modularity and flexibility of containers.

 
Lien   Dezeen (+ images)
Onomichi (Japan): municipal offices with a sea view
 
Port City interface
 
Onomichi (Japan): municipal offices with a sea view

Onomichi lies at the centre of the Seto inland sea, and is ringed by a canal. The new municipal building takes full advantage of this location. The iconic building remains open to the public outside usual office hours, with landscaped terraces up to the roof. The building uses shipbuilding technology and appears to float on the water.

 
Lien   Arch Daily (+ images, plans)
Producing biofuels from organic waste
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Producing biofuels from organic waste

Agricultural waste or compostable food leftovers could be used to produce bio-LNG in the future. A trial in the Netherlands by the companies Attero, Titan LNG and Nordsol aims to produce 5,000 tonnes/year, with €4.3 million in EU financial support. Port cities are a nexus for the collection of organic waste, and represent high potential for this particular green industry. In Haminakotka (Finland), waste water is filtered to extract organic matter. Each year, Gasum hopes to recover waste waste from some 2,500 of the vessels that visit the port, and turn it into biofuel – for ships!

 
Lien   Bio Energy News
Lien   Port Strategy
Lien   Splash 247
Is port governance transparent? New study finds out
 
Governance
 
Is port governance transparent? New study finds out

The availability of information for the public and port stakeholders is a key aspect to guarantee a transparent governance. Academics from Port Economics initiative, including AIVP expert Geraldine Knatz, have examined in a new study how the concept of transparency as practised (or not) in ports from North America, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. They authors found out that there are different levels of port transparency depending on the region and the governance model. The study highlights the need of increasing the standards of transparency and proposes a new research agenda for the future.

Cover image: Transparency by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Pix4free.org

 
Lien   Port Economics – Transparency in port governance: setting a research agenda
 

At a Glance

 
 
Governance
 
GBP 1 billion was invested in the British port system in 2021, particularly at Cromarty Firth (Scotland) and in Greater London (England)
Lien   Offshore Energy
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
New York State (USA) earmarks USD 500 million to develop port infrastructures and offshore wind
Lien   Le Marin
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
A recycled aluminium plant with a capacity of 2,500 tonnes is set to be created in the port zone of Le Havre (France) from 2023
Lien   Le Marin
 
 
Port City interface
 
Malaga (Spain): two artists paint a giant Rubik’s cube on the breakwater at the entrance to the marina
Lien   Málaga Hoy
 
 
Port City interface
 
Europan ideas competition, Bordeaux: three winning proposals announced for the industrial port site of Bassens put forward by the port, metropolitan authority, and the Bassens municipality (FR)
Lien   The site
Lien   Winning proposals
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of Bellingham (USA) has launched a call for tenders for the Boardmill workshop, which could be turned into a hotel and conference centre.
Lien   Bellingham Herald
 
 
Climate change
 
The buildings of the port authority of Algeciras (Spain) will use solar power. The investment of 300 000 € will save 52 tonnes of oil and 111,000 kilos of CO2.
Lien   EuropaSur
 
 
Human capital
 
Port of Long Beach (USA) launches the 2022 high school scholarship program for students planning to pursue careers in international trade, goods movement or other port-related industries.
Lien   Port of Long Beach
 
 
Climate change
 
IMO: New World Maritime Theme for 2022 will be “New technologies for greener shipping”. This highlights the necessary green transition in shipping for a sustainable future.
Lien   IMO – World Maritime Theme 2022
 
 
Governance
 
MSC officially ends Maersk’s forty-year reign at the top of the world container carrier rankings.
Lien   Mer et Marine
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
This year is seeing maritime freight taking longer than ever before to reach its destination, partly due to congestion in port cities.
Lien   Splash 247
Lien   Flexport
 
 
 
 

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