Interviews

Port of San Antonio on the frontline against Covid-19: solidarity and cooperation

Denis DAVOULT28 April 2020

Social responsibility is a matter taken very seriously by the Port of San Antonio. In response to Covid-19, and in permanent cooperation with the city council and neighbourhood councils, the port authority has conducted several decontamination actions, and is committed to support in different community facilities: hospitals, rural clinics, food markets, fishermen’s facilities, and even the city’s penitentiary centre.

Livorno: a port-city fighting against Covid-19

Denis DAVOULT23 April 2020

The Port and the City of Livorno are elaborating joint solutions to better cope with Covid-19 and support local economy. On the cultural aspect, the Port is doing everything to conserve its link with the citizens: all the activities of the Port Center of Livorno have been uploaded on their website, and abundant “City Port” content is available online, to enjoy from home during the quarantine.

Facing Covid-19, the Port of Tarragona invests on cultural and economic measures

Denis DAVOULT17 April 2020

Besides developing initiatives to support the local society, the economy and maintain supply chain, the Port of Tarragona is also investing on port city culture the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. As explained by the President Mr. Josep Maria Cruset, the Port has multiplied the activities proposed to children as well as adults. As an active member of the AIVP network since 1190, Tarragona is an example of the Port Authority’s commitment to the community.

vice mayor of the city of Antwerp, responsible for mobility

Antwerp: a new approach to mobility for the benefit of the City, its citizens and the Port

Denis DAVOULT19 February 2020

Deploying sustainable mobility is one of the ten goals set out in the AIVP 2030 Agenda. The European Civitas Portis initiative is an example of a project aimed at identifying solutions to achieve it. It is coordinated by Antwerp, and to get a better idea of the expected results, we spoke to Mr. Koen Kennis, vice mayor of the city of Antwerp, responsible for mobility.

portrait Alain Lefebvre

Lille’s ports targeting territorial integration

Hermeline DELEPOUVE6 February 2020

While the Urban Multimodal Distribution Centre is taking time to get up to speed, the task of integrating Ports de Lille into the metropolitan and regional fabric is more strategically important than ever.

Relying on 12 sites along the wide canals of the Hauts-de-France region, Ports de Lille is looking for innovative ways to meet the needs of logistics operators, who are faced with the daily challenges posed by e-commerce at the heart of France’s fourth-largest city.

Alain Lefebvre, Chief Executive of Ports de Lille, gives us more insight into the relationship between these ports and the territory in which they are based.

Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes: putting climate change at the heart of the port’s activity

Denis DAVOULT25 November 2019

Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes recently ratified the AIVP Agenda 2030. Both the initiatives undertaken by the port in recent years and its current projects are firmly in line with the ten goals that make up our Agenda. This is particularly true of several projects which tie in with three specific Agenda goals, namely adapting to climate change, the energy transition and circular economy, and protecting biodiversity.

Port of Bilbao: innovating to reconnect with citizens

José SANCHEZ21 October 2019

Interview with Mr. Ricardo Barkala Zumelzu – President of the Bilbao Port Authority

The Port of Bilbao is the largest port on the Atlantic coast of Spain and one of the principal ports of the country, with a cargo flow of almost 36 million tons in 2018. At the same time, the metropolitan area of the city of Bilbao has a population of over one million inhabitants. In recent decades, the urban waterfront has undergone major modifications, known all over the world for its most symbolic construction, the Guggenheim Museum. However, city-planning is much more complex than the famous cultural installation; plans have had to be developed for the Abandoibarra zone, and more recently for Zorrotzaurre. The port has played a fundamental role in this transformation process, releasing land and relocating some of its operations along the waterfront. The new configuration of the port implies new challenges, like maintaining contact with the citizens now that they do not have as direct a connection with port activities as they used to. 

Dublin: the Docklands, a testbed for a Smart City District

Denis DAVOULT9 October 2019

Interview with Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead – Dublin City Council.

Officially launched in February 2018, Smart Docklands is the result of various initiatives launched in the past years. The programme concerns a district which currently home 500 businesses, 44,000 workers and 26,000 residents. The priorities for this smart district are the mobility, environment, buildings and infrastructures.
Could the innovative solutions currently being tested and/or implemented in Dublin be replicated by AIVP port cities members who are facing the same challenges? Let’s talk with Jamie Cudden, Smart City Lead – Dublin City Council.