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Edition of 14 December 2023

Weekly Features

 
The Ports of Singapore and Tianjin establish a green shipping corridor
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
The Ports of Singapore and Tianjin establish a green shipping corridor

The port authorities of Singapore and Tianjin (China) have signed an MoU to set up Green and Digital Shipping Corridor with a focus on the decarbonization, digitalization, and growth of the maritime industry. The corridor is intended to serve as a testbed for pilot digital solutions, alternative, zero or near-zero greenhouse gas emission fuels, and technologies. The signatories also aim to accelerate and facilitate innovation by supporting their maritime startup communities and facilitate manpower training and professional development. Various actors will be included in the green corridor, including research institutes, shipping lines, port operators, ship builders, and bunker suppliers.

 
Lien   Offshore energy
COP28 sees the creation of several maritime initiatives
 
Governance
 
COP28 sees the creation of several maritime initiatives

At the COP28, which took place from November 30th until December 12th 2023, several initiatives to green the maritime sector have been announced. The European Commission pledged €1 million to the Blue Mediterranean Partnership, which aims to catalyse blue economy projects. The aim is to address threats to the Mediterranean and Red Sea regions through projects focused on plastic waste reduction, coastal resilience investments, sustainable tourism, circular economy, and more. Terminal operators have announced the formation of the Zero Emission Port Alliance to make battery and electric container handling equipment affordable and accessible. Various actors have also taken a stand to decarbonize maritime transport and protect the oceans: the COP28 Dubai Ocean Declaration and the declaration of maritime transport CEOs.

 
Lien   European Commission
Lien   Splash247
Lien   Ocean Pavilion
Lien   La tribune
New facilities for the fishing sector in Malaga
 
Quality food for all
 
New facilities for the fishing sector in Malaga

The port authority of Malaga (Spain) inaugurated this week the new facilities for the fishing sector, including a new market and berths in San Andrés. This project has to a three main goals: improving the fishermen’s working conditions, reducing the energy consumption of these activities using photovoltaic panels, and promoting the sea culture and blue economy. The building has almost 1000 sqm. distributed over two floors, housing all services for fishing activities. On the first floor a dedicated space will host activities that promote this sector, thought for schools or gastronomic tourism. Other facilities include a new restaurant and eight warehouses, to store the shipowners’ belongings. Finally, a new floating dock 160 meters long has also been built for the vessels of the fishermen. The total cost of the project is almost €5 million.

 
Lien   Naucher Global
San Francisco’s ferries are set to go electric in bid to cut emissions
 
Sustainable mobility
 
San Francisco’s ferries are set to go electric in bid to cut emissions

The transportation authority in San Francisco (United States) has been awarded $16 million in federal funding for its plan to decarbonise the fast ferry service operating in the bay. The Finnish power and propulsion systems maker Wärtsila has been chosen to electrify the fleet of ferries, which currently operate between the Alameda terminal and downtown San Francisco. The city’s mayor welcomed the move, which is part of her decarbonisation plan for the period leading up to 2040.

 
Lien   The Maritime Executive
A port terminal at Marseille-Fos set to be dedicated to floating offshore wind
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
A port terminal at Marseille-Fos set to be dedicated to floating offshore wind

Dock 2 at the port of Fos-sur-mer (France) has been selected to host storage and assembly operations for floating offshore wind turbines, prior to their installation in the Gulf of Lion in the northern Mediterranean (government tender “A06”). Work was required to reinforce the wharf, to enable it to withstand the heavy loads. An initial collaboration was successfully carried out with harbour pilots and tugs on the floating turbines in October 2023. The move highlights the role played by ports in the development of the offshore wind industry.

 
Lien   Le Marin
 

AIVP News

 
New member interview – Port of Tripoli
New member interview – Port of Tripoli

The Port of Tripoli (Lebanon) joined AIVP this year, and explains why. In this article, we also take a look at Tripoli’s exceptional geostrategic location and the city-port relationship at stake.

 
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Press release – Launch of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht
Press release – Launch of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht

On 16 and 17 November 2023, the AIVP world conference was held in Venice on the following theme: linking ports and citizens, a shared vision of the future. On this occasion, Edouard Philippe – President of the AIVP, Mayor of Le Havre (France), and former French Prime Minister officially announced the launch of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht. The prize will honour, from 2024 onwards, a world port city that has completed an outstanding development project.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Biodiversity
 
Karachi (Pakistan): Hutchinson Ports Pakistan sponsors a mangrove plantation drive to plant 100 000 saplings to enhance conservation and create local employment
Lien   Pakistan Observer
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Port of Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) joins the Partnerships for Infrastructure initiative to spearhead the decarbonization of the national maritime industry
 
 
Quality food for all
 
27th edition of Harbor Lights fund raising campaign launched in Port Saint John (Canada) to help 16 local food banks
Lien   Harbour
 
 
Port culture
 
Maritime experience center of Antwerp (Belgium), in the same area as the future Port Center, is moving forward with construction start planned for spring of 2024.
Lien   Flows
 
 
Health and life quality
 
The port of San Diego (United States) invests in a third shore power connection for cruise ships
Lien   Port of San Diego
 
 
 
 

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