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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 07 December 2023

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

Launch of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht. At the AIVP World Conference held in Tangier in 2022, Edouard Philippe announced the creation of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht. One year later, this prize has now been officially established and will be awarded for the first time in 2024. It is the only one prize in the world dedicated to port city development.

 
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Weekly Features

 
France invests in shore power and multimodality at Marseille-Fos port
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
France invests in shore power and multimodality at Marseille-Fos port

The French government recently signed an investment deal with the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region, with the Port of Marseille-Fos set to be the big winner. The region will receive €1.5 billion in transport funding, with a quarter of that total earmarked for the port to speed up its energy transition, improve access, and make its industrial zone more attractive. One portion of the budget will be used to create shore power facilities for ships, while another will finance improvements to the rail network in an effort to promote modal shift. Meanwhile, another electric transition project is also being rolled out in the port community. Les Terrasses du Port, a shopping center that rents port-owned land, is currently developing a methanization project to generate power locally from organic waste on the building’s rooftop.

 
Lien   Made in Marseille
Lien   Le Marin
Plans for new green corridors in the Global South announced at COP 28
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Plans for new green corridors in the Global South announced at COP 28

As the nations of the world gather in Dubai (UAE) for the COP 28, the maritime industry is looking towards the Global South, meaning developing countries in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping has signed an agreement with the US and Danish governments to support the creation of green corridors in countries in the Global South. Pre-feasibility studies will be conducted in Namibia, Panama, and Fiji. The private sector will be involved in the projects put forward after the pre-feasibility phase.

 
Lien   Offshore Energy
Lien   Maritime Executive
Seafarer training to prepare for zero emission ships
 
Human capital
 
Seafarer training to prepare for zero emission ships

During the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28), the International Maritime Organization, the Maritime Just Transition Task Force, and Lloyd’s Register Foundation announced the new project to develop a training framework to equip seafarers with skills in decarbonization. The World Maritime University (WMU), an IMO institute based in Malmö (Sweden) will provide academic expertise and help in the first roll out tests in Asia. It is planned to develop the Baseline Training Framework by mid-2025. To facilitate the uptake of technologies, fuels, and innovations by international shipping by 2030 it is necessary to offer this training. 800,000 seafarers may require additional training by the mid-2030s in order to operate vessels run on zero or near-zero-emission fuels.    

 
Lien   Offshore energy
Port of Los Angeles supports maritime education
 
Culture and identity
 
Port of Los Angeles supports maritime education

Port of Los Angeles (USA) has approved funding for two maritime education programs. The groups receiving funding are EXP, a career-training organization, and the Los Angeles Maritime Institute, which organizes youth excursions. EXP plans to use the funding on next-generation workforce development, supporting youth maritime education programs, and career preparation. Many of their students find internships or are hired at the ports of LA or Long Beach after their training. LA Maritime Institute will use the funds to provide on-the-water experiences and education for at-risk youth. These experiences are key to bringing the public closer to the harbor and achieves the port’s aim with the Community Investment Grants Program.

 
Lien   Daily Breeze
New Cruise Pier in La Spezia
 
Port City interface
 
New Cruise Pier in La Spezia

Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea (Italy), responsible for the port of La Spezia, signed a contract for constructing a new cruise pier at Calata Paita, marking a significant step towards the city and port’s future development. The project, valued at 48.4 million euros and scheduled for completion in 710 days, aims to bolster La Spezia’s cruise offerings and is part of a larger plan to revitalize the waterfront for tourism. President Sommariva emphasized this endeavor as pivotal for the port’s growth, outlining its role in facilitating cruise traffic, initiating port development aligned with the Master Plan, and fostering urban spaces accessible to citizens.

 
Lien   LinkedIn
 

AIVP News

 
AIVP and FAO host the 5th Workshop of the Blue Ports Initiative
AIVP and FAO host the 5th Workshop of the Blue Ports Initiative

From November 27th to 29th, the Moroccan port city of Tangier hosted the 5th workshop of the Blue Ports Initiative (BPI), the program established by FAO to support the creation of Blue ports, i.e. fishing ports embracing blue economy principles and activities. The focus of this new workshop sharing knowledge and experiences on how to strengthen the relationship between cities and ports as a strategic action for local value creation.

 
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First meeting of the Connection and Reflection Group at the port of Brussels
First meeting of the Connection and Reflection Group at the port of Brussels

The Connection and Reflection Group, a think tank created as part of the European Connected River project, met for the first time in Brussels (Belgium) on 28 November. It is chaired by Carola Hein, professor at TU Delft (Netherlands).

 
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Edouard Philippe, President of AIVP addresses the Assises de l’économie de la mer congress
Edouard Philippe, President of AIVP addresses the Assises de l’économie de la mer congress

Our President shared his vision and views on a variety of issues: “A port isn’t just a port, it’s always an industrial zone, or a production and storage zone […] Decarbonizing a port means decarbonizing the whole industry around the port.”

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
In San Francisco (USA), a project to build the country’s first high-speed electric ferry is well underway
Lien   The Maritime Executive
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The port of Valencia (Spain) successfully trials hydrogen-powered reach stackers and tractors.
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The ZAL intermodal logistics platform of the Port of Barcelona (Spain) will install 450,000 sqm of solar panels, equivalent to 40 MWp of installed capacity
 
 
Biodiversity
 
Tauranga (New Zealand) is constructing a ‘living seawall’ along The Strand in the city centre to attract marine biodiversity
Lien   Tauranga City
 
 
Port City interface
 
The Port of Everett (United States) consults the local community on possible plans to expand the port zone 
Lien   Lynnwood Times
 
 
 
 

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