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International Port City News

24 February 2022

 
International Port City News
 

The 17th World Conference Cities and Ports will take place in Tangier, Morocco. It is the leading global gathering of port city sustainable development stakeholders, and a unique opportunity to discuss challenges, get inspiration, forge contacts and find the partners you need to implement your strategies. The conviviality of the AIVP network can drive your projects forward. More detailed information is to come

 
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Weekly Features

 
Strasbourg (France): new funding for the Deux Rives project
 
Climate change
 
Strasbourg (France): new funding for the Deux Rives project

The City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg have earmarked almost €50 million in additional funding for the future districts to be developed on a 74 hectare site along the Rhine. The aim is to add public amenities to the facilities already planned, develop low-carbon solutions, and build a more resilient city with a greater focus on inclusivity and solidarity. The result of 15 months of studies and analyses, these changes to the project were also put to the public for consultation.

 
Lien   Strasbourg Deux Rives
Changes on Barcelona’s waterfront
 
Climate change
 
Changes on Barcelona’s waterfront

In early February, the Port of Barcelona officially inaugurated seven “climate islands” in the Port Vell district. They not only reduce the heat island effect, but also combat pollution, improve urban biodiversity, and provide the city’s residents and visitors with a more attractive promenade area. The initiative is part of the “Inclusive Climate Action” scheme organised by the C40 Cities network, of which the City of Barcelona is a member. In this same Port Vell district, one of the first redeveloped waterfronts in Europe, plans for two major projects have been announced: the demolition of the Imax cinema and the redevelopment of the Moll d’España with its flagship Maremagnum shopping centre and aquarium.

 
Lien   The new Barcelona
Lien   Barcelona al Dia (+ video)
Lien   Cronica global
The ports of Porto (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain) focus on wave energy.
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The ports of Porto (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain) focus on wave energy.

The ports of Valencia (Spain) and Porto (Portugal) are both set to host pilot schemes testing wave power.

In Valencia, the port authority has granted the city council permission to install a wave power facility on publicly owned land. The “WEC” (Wave Energy Converter) project is 50% co-financed by Valencia city council and the EU.  The project is expected to generate around 130,000 kw per year, equivalent to a 16 t reduction in the city’s annual CO2 emissions. Construction is due to begin in 2023.

In Port, the port authority APDL is set to make port land available to the private firm “Ew Portugal – Wave Energy Solutions”. The aim is to install a small power plant with a maximum capacity of 1 MW on the ocean side of the Barra do Douro breakwater. This pilot project is planned to last 10 years.

 
Lien   Jornal de NotĂ­cias
Lien   València Port
Lien   Puerto y Ciudad
Tackling the challenge of plastic waste in the ocean
 
Biodiversity
 
Tackling the challenge of plastic waste in the ocean

According to the AFD, some 8 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year, threatening our ecosystems. Port stakeholders are coming up with a variety of ways to address the problem.

Innovative solutions allow plastic waste to be collected. They include the Jellyfishbot created by IADYS, a waste-collecting robot that weighs just 20 kg. One model deployed at the port of HAROPA – Le Havre in 2021 collected a total of 150 kg of waste in one year.  Finnish group Wärtsilä and Italian shipping line Grimaldi Group are even more ambitious, and have developed a system that filters out microplastics from open loop scrubber washwater.

What can be done with the plastic waste collected? The port authority of Valencia (Spain) is supporting AIMPLAS, the Technological Institute of Plastics, which is creating new furniture from plastic waste.

 
Lien   Offshore Energy – Wärtsilä et Grimaldi Group
Lien   Afrik21 – Clean Oceans
Lien   Puerto y Ciudad – Valence
Lien   Facebook – HAROPA Port
 

AIVP News

 
Save the date: the MAGPIE project launch conference in Rotterdam will take place on 10 March
Save the date: the MAGPIE project launch conference in Rotterdam will take place on 10 March

We are delighted to invite you to attend – online – the launch event of the MAGIPIE project (sMArt Green Ports as Integrated Efficient multimodal hubs), on 10 March from 9 am to 5.30 pm. Members of the consortium (Ports of HAROPA, SINES, DELTA and Rotterdam) and external partners will gather in Rotterdam for the event that will kick-off the MAGPIE project. The conference will be an opportunity to explain the content of the ten work packages. AIVP, along with 17 speakers and 45 partners, look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a superb online event!

 
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Port of Antwerp: innovation the key to high-quality food and farming
 
Biodiversity
 
Port of Antwerp: innovation the key to high-quality food and farming

From its strategic location and dedicated facilities, to experienced port stakeholders and partners, the Port of Antwerp already boasts numerous advantages when it comes to getting food onto European plates. It is also developing pioneering solutions in partnership with the port community. It is the same commitment to innovation that saw it set up an Agricultural Innovation Fund, to promote sustainable co-existence between agriculture, nature, and port activities.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Port City interface
 
CMA CGM is set to invest $33m in rebuilding the container terminal at the port of Beirut (Lebanon), but with no clear connection with the city.
Lien   Les Echos
Lien   Splash247
Lien   Le marin
 
 
Biodiversity
 
Ocean Network Express launches “#OneOcean project” and donates $20,000 to the charity “Garden City Fund” to protect coral reefs in Singapore.
Lien   Port News
 
 
Culture and identity
 
Algeciras (Spain): construction work has begun on the UCA SEA-EU innovation centre, the first phase of the “Lago Marítimo” project.
Lien   Linkedin Autoridad Portuaria BahĂ­a de Algeciras
 
 
Quality food for all
 
The industrial district of Khalifa in Abu Dhabi (UAE) is set to house one of the region’s largest wholesale food markets.
Lien   Gulf News
Lien   Gulf Today
 
 
Port City interface
 
Piraeus (Greece): green light for plans to turn a port silo into a museum of underwater antiquities
Lien   Ekathimerini
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of CastellĂłn (Spain) opens to the public with “Al Port”, a programme of cultural events and exhibitions
Lien   Port CastellĂł
 
 
Port City interface
 
The port of Agaete in the Canaries will not be expanded, but redeveloped as a public space open to citizens
Lien   Canarias7
 
 
 
 

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