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Edition of 31 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

 
Drought stops maritime trade passing through Panama Canal
 
Climate change
 
Drought stops maritime trade passing through Panama Canal

More than 200 boats have come to a halt at the mouth of the Panama Canal due to measures being adopted in the wake of the drought. In an effort to conserve water, the number of ships passing through the canal each day is being decreased and the draft has been reduced, hence also lessening the amount of cargo being transported. The current drought is due to a diminished rainfall earlier this year, reducing the water levels of the Gatun and Alhajuela Lakes. Extreme summer temperatures and the start of El Niño exacerbate the drought. With the measures remaining for the next 10 months, the Panama Canal is looking to reduce its vulnerability through a “Water Program” research project.

 
Lien   Splash247.com
Lien   Maritime-executive.com
Lien   Elconfidencial.com
Lien   Elconfidencial
Port of LA continues to host a homeless shelter
 
Human capital
 
Port of LA continues to host a homeless shelter

In 2020, the Port of LA (USA) agreed to host a homeless shelter on port property, as part of a network of temporary shelters brought in by former Mayor Garcetti. The Wilmington Bridge Home shelter, which can house 100 homeless and is overseen by US VETS, has now been extended until February 2027, after long discussions with the city and the Neighborhood Council. The communities living in proximity were also invited to debate the extension as they had voiced concerns about security, encampments outside of the facility and the proper removal of trash. The Port will take care of tree trimmings and the city will set up a board with regular updates on how the issues are being addressed. A neighborhood council representative will also participate.

 
Lien   Dailybreeze.com
Helsinki, Oslo and Rotterdam celebrate port and maritime days
 
Culture and identity
 
Helsinki, Oslo and Rotterdam celebrate port and maritime days

In this time of the year, many ports open their doors and celebrate the maritime culture. In Helsinki (Finland), the port is engaged in two festivals: the Vuosaari Harbour Day on the 26th of August and the Baltic Sea Day on the 31st, with many educational activities to discover the port and maritime logistics, as well as inspire actions for the Baltic Sea. In Oslo (Norway), the Port Days will take place on the 3rd of September, with 40 activities for all audiences being organized, from test-drives of sea-going robots, to dockside dancing, visits to ships or Oslo’s first floating experience center against marine pollution in the Fjord. On the same weekend, the port of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) is celebrating the 46th World Port Days, one of the biggest maritime festivals in the world with a rich program including excursions and shows on the river, but also information sessions on maritime careers and the energy transition.

 
Lien   vuosaarensatamapaiva.fi
Lien   Wereldhavendagen.nl
Lien   Oslohavn.no
Lien   Itameripaiva.fi
India: the Government invests in inland water transport
 
Sustainable mobility
 
India: the Government invests in inland water transport

At the end of August, the Indian federal government announced plans for substantial investment to improve the inland water transport (IWT) network in the north-east of the country. The investment is intended to improve trade in the region and facilitate relations with neighbouring countries. It is focused on the development and maintenance of of five rivers’ infrastructure. The announcement comes as the Indian authorities have sought to increase the modal share of inland water transport in recent months. IWT currently enjoys a low share of around 2% of the country’s modal mix. The Indian government sees it as an important way to promote sustainable economic growth in this more remote region. Several other projects are currently being considered or are under way.

 
Lien   EastMojo
Lien   Indiashippingnews.com
Lien   Deccanherald.com
Hong Kong: emergency measures to improve connections between the cruise terminal and city centre
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Hong Kong: emergency measures to improve connections between the cruise terminal and city centre

In early August, passengers on a cruise liner were forced to wait up to 45 minutes to access public transport after disembarking at the terminal in Hong Kong (China). In response, the port authority and local government have now introduced a special arrangement to facilitate connections between the cruise terminal and public transport to the centre of the city. When the next cruise ship arrived, free shuttles were prepared to take passengers to a subway station. Additional taxis were also arranged. The emergency operation proved a success. The question now is whether to keep the measures in place over the long term, and if so who should pay for them.

 
Lien   South China Morning Post
 

AIVP News

 
Noémi Mené has joined the AIVP team as Project Manager, Sustainable Mobility and River Port Cities
Noémi Mené has joined the AIVP team as Project Manager, Sustainable Mobility and River Port Cities

With an academic background in political science, urban studies, and international cooperation, Noémi began her career by specialising in urban mobility issues. During periods of professional experience abroad (in the Netherlands and Argentina), she developed her expertise in consultancy and academic research in the field. She then spent two years with CODATU, an NGO specialised in promoting sustainable urban mobility in southern cities. While working there, she gained expertise in the area of electric mobility and gender issues in mobility.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Public transport between the Port and the City of Barcelona will improve thanks to new hybrid bus line connections
Lien   Diariodelpuerto
 
 
Culture and identity
 
Port of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero sign agreement to continue strengthening the Port-City link and the recovery of the historical and cultural value of their port.
Lien   Facebook
 
 
Human capital
 
The Port of Valencia (Spain) has created a Seafarers’ Welfare Committee for local maritime workers to meet, network and voice their needs
Lien   Diariodelpuerto
 
 
Port City interface
 
Port of Saint John (Canada) is celebrating the addition of two new cranes with a naming competition. The winner will name both cranes and receive additional gifts.
Lien   LinkedIn
 
 
Human capital
 
The port authority of Buenaventura (Colombia) is chosen to take part in a programme aimed at building women’s leadership skills
Lien   Facebook
 
 
Biodiversity
 
The Port of San Diego (USA) and local stakeholders invite the public to take part in a waterfront clean-up operation
Lien   Coronadotimes.com
 
 
 
 

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