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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 4 July 2024

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

AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht, submission phase extended until the 21st of July! In response to requests from certain port and local authorities wishing to apply for the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht, and in agreement with Carola Hein and Geraldine Knatz the 2 co-chairwoman, we decided to extend the call for applications for this 1st edition by one month. You now have until the 21st of July at midnight to apply and hope to become the 1st winner of the only international award dedicated to port cities and the port-city relationship!

 
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Weekly Features

 
Amsterdam commits to limits on cruise traffic
 
Health and life quality
 
Amsterdam commits to limits on cruise traffic

Amsterdam municipal council (Netherlands) has adopted a plan to gradually cut the number of cruise ships calling at the port, reducing the previous limit of 190 per year to just 100 from 2026 onwards. By 2027, all vessels will also be required to use shore power when docked at the port. The eventual aim is to remove the existing cruise terminal in the city centre by 2035, with ships switching to the port of Rotterdam, where their passengers can connect to other modes of transportation. Plans to relocate to a new terminal in nearby Coenhaven are also on the table. The measures are intended to manage the influx of tourists visiting the city, and to improve quality of life for Amsterdam residents.

 
Lien   City of Amsterdam
Lien   Maritime Executive
The Port of San Diego continues to reconnect the city with the port
 
Governance
 
The Port of San Diego continues to reconnect the city with the port

The Port of San Diego (USA) has unveiled planned improvements to Pepper Park, on the National City Bayfront. Upgrades will include a new splash pad (the first of its kind in the bay), a pirate-themed playground, and picnic areas.  Meanwhile, the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal is set to receive a 5 million dollar grant from the US Department of Transportation, with the money earmarked for air pollution-cutting measures at the port. Improvements will also be made to rail links (to increase load capacity), seismic defences, and rainwater management systems. The port has been awarded Green Marine recertification this year.

 
Lien   Port de San Diego – Linkedin
Lien   Port of San Diego Maritime
Lien   Port of San Diego Environment
New Romania-Bulgaria ferry service set to start operating
 
Sustainable mobility
 
New Romania-Bulgaria ferry service set to start operating

The Danube bridge has seen heavy traffic since the ferry route between Roussé (Bulgaria) and Giurgui (Romania) closed in 2005. An estimated 3,000 vehicles a day cross the bridge, causing frequent congestion, especially on the Roussé side in the summer. Emergency bridge repairs in recent weeks have exacerbated traffic conditions even further, leading Bulgarian authorities to step up calls for the ferry service to be restored. As a result, a route will be opened again soon, possibly as early as this summer, carrying a minimum of 200 heavy vehicles in each direction daily and cutting traffic levels on the bridge by between 12 and 15%. 

 
Lien   Ports Europe
Lien   Bulgarian News Agency
Lien   Akmu
Biodiversity festival to raise awareness on the Isle of Wight
 
Biodiversity
 
Biodiversity festival to raise awareness on the Isle of Wight

The University of Portsmouth organized last weekend a series of marine biodiversity workshops across the Isle of Wight (UK). Around fifty events were held to celebrate the island being awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, recognising the ecological and cultural importance of its landscapes and surrounding natural habitats. The University’s research team were on board the ferries running between Portsmouth and the island, to bring environmental lessons to tourists and families. In partnership with the Revolution Plastics Institute, the experience was an opportunity to highlight the dangers posed by plastic pollution to ecosystems.

 
Lien   University of Portsmouth
A new waterfront in Port St. Lucie to improve local appeal
 
Culture and identity
 
A new waterfront in Port St. Lucie to improve local appeal

After years of work, the city of Port St. Lucie (USA) has officially opened its new waterfront complex. In addition to an extended boardwalk that runs between several city parks, a variety of new attractions have been created. A restaurant is due to open in the coming months, but already completed are a historic village, playground, and a kayak and canoe launch. The nearby residential area also received funding to renovate frontages and showcase local built heritage while improving the natural environment. The strategic plan was developed in 2021 through a process of public engagement designed to address the needs of the local community, and includes an emphasis on opening up the riverfront areas and enhancing quality of life for residents.

 
Lien   WPTV
Lien   Port Saint-Lucie Masterplan
 

AIVP News

 
Interview with Sara Millot, director of the film Dockville
Interview with Sara Millot, director of the film Dockville

For several months, a camera followed the workers of the commercial port of Sète, focusing on their gestures, their rhythms, but also their stories and their culture. The history of the port area is intimately linked to that of the men who bring it to life and who embody this original link with the city. By staying close to the quays, Dockville takes the opportunity to listen to the people who inhabit this unique space, suspended between land and sea. From the top of the cranes, the edges of the slipways, the sheds and the fridges, this is a film about the deep-rooted attachment of port workers to their land.

 
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AIVP represents Connected River at the World Canal Conference
AIVP represents Connected River at the World Canal Conference

The World Canal Conference was held in Bydgoszcz (Poland) from 24 to 27 June 2024. The city of Bydgoszcz teamed up with Inland Waterways International to host the conference, on the theme ‚Äúchallenges between ecology and economic uses: sustainable revitalisation of canals focusing on nature‚ÄĚ.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Culture and identity
 
A National Institute of Water Sports has been built in Goa (India), with a wave-inspired architectural design celebrating the connection with the sea
Lien   Dezeen
 
 
Culture and identity
 
In Malacca (Malaysia), an Indonesian ship is on a cultural mission to promote the history of the Spice Road with the UNESCO
Lien   Antara News
 
 
Governance
 
The Liguria region (Italy) approves development plans for the port of La Spezia put forward by a consortium of seven municipalities
Lien   Shipping Italy
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
Residual energy from industry on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal (Belgium-Netherlands) set to be injected into an urban heat network
Lien   Flows
 
 
Biodiversity
 
The port of Halifax (Canada) unveils a new sustainable strategy for 2024-2030 to better protect local communities and biodiversity
Lien   Halifax Port Authority
 
 
 
 

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