After almost two years in preparation, the Dunkirk Port Center opened its doors in July 2020, becoming an invaluable new resource for promoting dialogue between the public, the city, and the port. The new space was developed with support from three main partners: the Port Authority, the Urban Community and the Port Museum, where the Port Center is housed. In this interview, we find out more about the reasons behind the project and what visitors can expect in the months ahead.
The city of San Pedro organized a series of online workshops, in partnership with “Les Ateliers”, a French architect and urbanist association. They had several different goals: protecting the environment (especially the lagoon), stimulating local economic development, strengthening Port-City cooperation.
Papeete is on the island of Tahiti, in French Polynesia. With the local economy reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, the port unveiled a support package for Polynesian businesses on 17 June. The €4 million euro package covers the maritime industry, tourism and inter-island transport. But it also represents an opportunity to adopt a more sustainable approach to development, and that’s why AIVP was keen to talk to Jean-Paul Le Caill, CEO of Port Autonome de Papeete.
Much has been said on the role big port cities have played against the pandemic, notably in Asia. What about those who constitute a huge majority, middle-size port cities? As local authorities could be overwhelmed, Ports have taken up their public role and new solutions have been invented to tackle health, social or economic issues. AIVP has synthetized the good practices from Africa, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Now that recovery plans are underway, let’s take a stand: ports must be more sustainable, collaborative, and resilient
Hilda Ghiara is Tenured Researcher and Professor in Maritime Traffic, Ports and Regional Economies at University of Genoa (Italy). She has been member of AIVP network of experts for almost 10 years. She attended on July 2, the AIVP webinar on Port Centers and provides a perspective that complements the webinar quite well.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the AIVP programme of activities but also the possibilities of physically bringing together the 33 administrators from 16 different countries.
But AIVP is adapting and innovating! On Tuesday 30 June 2020, we organised, for the first time, our Board of Directors by videoconference with the possibility of 100% secure online voting.
AIVP has joined forces with the start-up Nüag, which uses the Blockchain technology that combines reliability and transparency.
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Meet all our members in November 2020 for the AIVP Digital General Meeting!
AIVP is organising a series of webinars entitled “Port City Talks” to continue to debate, to build the port city of tomorrow and to keep in touch with our members. The 3rd webinar of the series deals with the Port Center and its new role within a smart port city. It will be held on Thursday 2 July 2020 at 16:00 (CEST / GMT +2).
Following the webinar on 18 June 2020 on the return of cruise activity in our post-covid port cities, Dr. Pedro Marín Cots, Director of the Urban Environment Observatory of the city of Málaga (Spain), gives his point of view on the subject. In his characteristic direct style, he clearly thinks that they cannot return, especially following the same economic and tourist model from before the Covid-19. He raises several questions regarding the actual adaptation capacity and emphasizes that the real challenge is climate change, that we should not get distracted from it. This is indeed an opportunity to accelerate the necessary changes towards new economic and cultural behaviours.
Created on January 1st , 2018, the port authority of North Sea Port manages the ports of Zeeland (The Netherlands) and Gent (Belgium). As a cross border authority, its duties were important against the Covid19 which was spreading from country to country. North Sea Port has tackled this challenge, keeping the link with the citizens and maintaining its sustainable development projects.
AIVP is organising a series of webinars entitled "Port City Talks" to continue to debate, to build the port city of tomorrow and to keep in touch with our members. The 2nd webinar of the series bears on the return of cruise activity after the health crisis that we have experienced. It will be held on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 16h00 (CEST / GMT +2). Here is an introductory text on the challenges the cruise industry is facing after the coronavirus crisis.