Interviews

Madame Soham El Wardini

Dakar, a forward-looking port city that faces the legacy of the colonial era

Théo FORTIN12 November 2020

Dakar is the largest city in Senegal, and its main port. This west-African city maintains an exceptional cultural dynamic through its diversity. Currently, the City Council is trying to articulate its colonial-era heritage with the rich culture of the local populations. The city's urban planning is marked by this ambivalence. This is why AiVP decided to interview the Mayor, Soham El Wardini.

Port of Taranto: A new AIVP member celebrating port city culture

José SANCHEZ6 November 2020

The Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea - Port of Taranto, in Italy, is a new AIVP member since 2020. The port of Taranto has been very actively disclosing the port-city culture, sharing with the citizens. Indeed, Taranto’s history is closely linked to its maritime activities. It goes back to the Ancient Greeks, and has historical links to several countries, including obviously Greece, but also Spain, France and the Maghreb. Today, Taranto is a major port in Southern Italy, and aims to be a leading intermodal hub on the maritime road from Europe to Asia through the Suez canal. Urban development relies on the port, both for industrial activity and for tourism, as a discrete cruise sector is growing in this Apulian historical city. The Old town of Taranto counts several historical monuments such as the Aragon Castle, located directly on the waterfront. The City also hosts the “MArTA”, the National Archaeological Museum founded in Taranto in 1887, today hosting the largest collection of works produced in ancient Taranto, thus exploring thousands of years of history and culture. The Port of Taranto is an active stakeholder in the Old town’s redevelopment, in cooperation with the Municipality of Taranto.

Rijeka: diversity as an asset

Denis DAVOULT20 October 2020

European Capital of Culture for 2020, Rijeka is also Croatia’s biggest port, and is the latest among a string of other European port cities to be chosen as Capital of Culture. Rijeka’s programme is built in no small part on its distinctive heritage as a port city, and ties in neatly with Goal 6 of the AIVP Agenda 2030, which aims to showcase the culture and unique identity of port cities...

Lillebonne, France

Haropa – Port of Rouen, preserving the life quality of the communities along the Seine

Théo FORTIN30 September 2020

Haropa - Port of Rouen is located on the Seine, in Normandy. Its positions all along the river explain the diversity of its activities, from cereal exportations to premium cruises. Several challenges must be tackled to preserve the quality of life of the communities living close to Haropa - Port de Rouen's facilities, and this is why AIVP wanted to make this interview with Mr Xavier Lemoine.

SUEZ, environmental integration solutions for the City Port territory

Denis DAVOULT22 September 2020

From air quality and water management to mitigating the environmental impacts of port activity, and more, there are a host of challenges when it comes to guaranteeing the residents of our port cities a high quality, healthy living environment, as recommended in Goal 9 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda...

Dunkirk’s new Port Center set to bring the public and port closer together

José SANCHEZ17 August 2020

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.

Jean-Paul Le Caill

Papeete (French Polynesia): reconciling economic recovery and environmental protection

José SANCHEZ23 July 2020

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.

North Sea Port: a cross-border entity fighting the pandemic

José SANCHEZ15 June 2020

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.