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Port City Insights: This weekly strategic monitoring service on City Port news is reserved for you as a member of the AIVP

Edition of 24 August 2023

 
Port City Insights: This weekly strategic monitoring service on City Port news is reserved for you as a member of the AIVP
 

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Weekly Features

 
Debt conversion for maritime conservation in Gabon
 
Biodiversity
 
Debt conversion for maritime conservation in Gabon

Gabon has completed refinancing $500 million of its national debt for marine protection purposes. It is expected that this Blue Bond will generate $163 million in financing for new marine conservation efforts over the next 15 years, unlocking $5 million each year and creating an endowment expected to grow to $88 million by 2038. The conservation funding unlocked will finance a participatory Marine Spatial Plan, led by the government, and build upon the “Gabon Bleu” initiative to expand the network of designated Marine Protected Areas from 26% to 30% of its ocean. The funding will also contribute to ongoing monitoring, effective management of the protected areas, and strengthen Gabon’s sustainable blue economy.

 
Lien   The Nature Conservancy
Lien   The Maritime Executive
Yokohama: a pilot project aims to produce methane from captured CO2
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Yokohama: a pilot project aims to produce methane from captured CO2

The city council in Yokohama (Japan) has given the green light for a partnership with Tokyo Gas and the MHI group to trial CO2 capture and re-use. The gas will be captured at the Tsurumi power plant, before being shipped to a methanisation plant. The process will be powered by fully renewable electricity generated from biomass. The project aims to study the feasibility of this solution across the value chain, while establishing how much CO2 could potentially be captured and recycled. Yokohama city council is also responsible for the local port.

 
Lien   MHI Group
Lien   Japan News
Lien   Port of Yokohama
Lien   Gas World
Seattle set for a new blue economy innovation centre
 
Human capital
 
Seattle set for a new blue economy innovation centre

A new Maritime Innovation Center is to open in the oldest building at the port of Seattle (USA), following a $32 million renovation. The new centre will host a start-up incubator and training courses for port industry workers, and will promote collaboration between entrepreneurs, investors, and future employees working on maritime projects. Seattle Port Authority aims to help the local community by capitalising on the potential of the blue economy, which a UN study claims is worth some $1.3 trillion annually. Interpretive signage will be installed around the building, to inform visitors about its history.

 
Lien   Port of Seattle
Lien   Sea Food Source
Australia: making port access more attractive to local residents
 
Culture and identity
 
Australia: making port access more attractive to local residents

The State authorities in New South Wales (Australia) have been looking at ways of redesigning NSW ports to integrate them into their city more effectively, and bring them closer to local residents. In Sydney, a new park and cycleway are set to be created along the port.  Both will be created by First Nation designers, and will showcase aboriginal culture and heritage. The project also aims to give residents easier access to the port precinct. The port authority has been nominated for an award following work to restore a footpath along one of its quays. In addition to the restoration work, a guided tour has also been created, and quickly become a hit with local residents.

 
Lien   Archinect
Lien   Port Authority NSW
Lien   Architecture AU
“Wild Port of Europe” film nominated for prize in Germany
 
Biodiversity
 
“Wild Port of Europe” film nominated for prize in Germany

In the port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands), nature and biodiversity coexist with the most extreme industrial environment. Despite the obvious habitat challenges, different species of animals demonstrate a fascinating adaptation capacity to thrive. This is the main argument of the film “Wild Port of Europe – Nature on the Edge”, released in 2022 by Willem Berents from the Netherlands and Melanie Kutzke from Germany. The filmmakers took five years to capture the awkward and unexpected nature that survived in an extremely artificialized environment. The documentary challenges dominant narratives on societal views of nature, against romanticized ideas. The film has been recently nominated to the “Green Screen Festival”, the most popular festival for nature documentaries in Europe that has been running since 2007.

 
Lien   Green Screen Festival
Lien   Port of Rotterdam
Lien   Wild Port of Europe – IMDB
 

AIVP News

 
AIVP will be represented in Lyon at the “Pollutec” exhibition, created to drive the ecological transition
AIVP will be represented in Lyon at the “Pollutec” exhibition, created to drive the ecological transition

The biggest exhibition dedicated to the ecological transition in France will take place at Lyon Eurexpo (France) from 10 to 13 October. Innovators with solutions in fields ranging from the circular economy to renewables will be present at the numerous theme-based exhibition areas. There will be of course be an area devoted to coastal regions and port cities, both of which are central to climate change issues. AIVP will be represented by its members in a round table on the issue. This year, the country in the spotlight will be Italy. We invite our numerous members from Italy and elsewhere to join us at the “Forum mer et littoral – Bluetec Sea and Coastline”.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Biodiversity
 
Lerwick Port Authority (UK), local volunteers, and Ghost Fishing UK cleaned a stretch of Shetland waters by recovering and recycling lost fishing gear
Lien   Port News
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Portsmouth (UK): the city council installs solar panels on the roofs of the port buildings to provide 35% of the power used on-site
Lien   Portsmouth International Port
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The ports of Tenerife (Spain) commit to reducing noise levels by supplying electricity to refrigerated containers, replacing the use of generators.
Lien   El Diario
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The Portuguese government has created a working group to help accelerate the project to supply onshore power supply to cruises in Port of Lisbon
Lien   Expresso
 
 
Human capital
 
Barcelona City (Spain) hosts the “Mirada Blava” project, which aims to promote education in the maritime field amongst students
Lien   Diario El Canal
 
 
Culture and identity
 
Port of Valparaiso (Chile) supports 38 community projects through their Social Funds Program. First ones assigned focus on lifeguard organization and public facilities.
Lien   Puerto Valparaíso
 
 
 
 

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