Port of Vancouver: sustainably addressing the challenges of growth

Denis DAVOULT8 February 2017

Interview : Duncan Wilson, Vice Président, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is member of AIVP since 2015.

More than 50 per cent of British Columbia’s population lives in Metro Vancouver, a region where available land supply is geographically restricted. According to current forecasts, Metro Vancouver’s population is set to grow by 1 million people by 2041. At the same time, trade with Canada is also growing, particularly with Asia and through the Port of Vancouver. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, enabling the trade of approximately 20 per cent of Canada’s entire trade in goods (by value). Most of the 1450 hectares of land under the stewardship of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the federal body that manages port land) is in use. As a region, only about a 10-year supply of trade-enabling land remains, making the port authority’s job to prepare for growing trade very challenging.

Valparaiso, the Puerto Barón project is being re-launched

Denis DAVOULT2 December 2016

Interview : Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara, Director General, Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso, Chile Empresa Portuaria Valparaíso is member of AIVP since 2002.

The Puerto Barón project, a planned urban and waterfront transformation, was awarded to Mall Plaza in 2006. It has been widely debated and must also comply with the requirements of UNESCO, as Valparaiso has been classed as a World Heritage City since 2003. Valparaiso Port Company, Mall Plaza and a number of authorities announced last July that it was being re-launched. Work on the final phase of the project is also due to be launched.

AIVP – Could you remind us of the main outlines of this project, and how they have changed in response to community debates and concerns about their impact on the city’s heritage infrastructure?

Gonzalo Davagnino Vergara – The origin and purpose of the Puerto Barón initiative is to open up the waterfront to the public, permanently – all day and every day. Today this space is used for port traffic and transfers, blocking any direct relationship between the city and the waterfront in the area opposite the El Almendral quarter; this is the widest flat area in the whole of the city’s low coastal strip before it starts to climb up the surrounding hills.

“… re-engage with the possibilities that have been opened up by the big port cities, a high degree of proximity, where the city and port form an indivisible whole port”

Denis DAVOULT7 September 2016

Interview : Jean-Marc Gaulier, architecte-paysagiste et urbaniste, Urbicus, France Urbicus is member of AIVP since 2015.

Urbicus became a member of AIVP’s worldwide network in 2015, joining the likes of Haropa Ports de Paris, for which Urbicus provides urban planning consultancy and project management services. For Ports de Paris, itself a long-standing member of AIVP, the challenge of integrating port activities into the urban landscape is a strategically important one. How does Urbicus approach this issue? To find out, we spoke to Jean-Marc Gaulier, landscape architect and urban planning consultant, who created Urbicus in 1996.

“The Club Territoires Maritimes, an ideal forum for exchanges between city port stakeholders across the country and beyond”

Bruno DELSALLE6 July 2016

Interview: Juliette Duszynski, Deputy Director of the AURH, Co-Director of the Club Territoires Maritimes, France The AURH is member of AIVP since 1992.

AIVP – Juliette, you are currently Co-Director of the Club Territoires Maritimes, an organisation set up by urban development agencies in France’s maritime territories. Can you tell us briefly about how the club was created and how it works?

Juliette Duszynski – It was created in 2009, at the initiative of the AGAM (Urban Development Agency for the Marseille Conurbation) and the AURH (Urban Development Agency for the Le Havre and Seine Estuary Region), by two agencies looking to create a club to discuss issues specific to port cities (sea and river ports), coastal areas and port hinterlands which, by their very nature, can also affect the whole of France. The FNAU (National Federation of Urban Development Agencies) saw the strategic implications of such a unified approach and lent its support to the initiative. The club meets four times a year and brings together port authorities, academics and research institutes and urban development agencies concerned by port, maritime and/or coastal issues.

“Port and city together should seek compatible activities to bring out these elements of which they can be proud.”

Denis DAVOULT25 February 2016

Interview : Aurelio Martínez, Presidente, Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia, España The Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia is member of AIVP since 1997.

AIVP – Mr Martínez, you were appointed President of the Valencia Port Authority last August. In October you announced the creation of a Territorial Integration Committee which will include the Mayors of the three cities involved in port activities, Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía. This decision is in itself a strong, powerful message. Can you tell us what lies behind the decision to create this committee? What need(s) is it intended to meet, and what do you expect of it? 

Aurelio Martínez – Port/city relations in any city or any large port tend to be complex. There are always issues which need to be discussed: transport, access, the location of different port activities, etc. I felt that, to speed up consensual handling of these issues, it would be a good idea to create an advisory committee to study and analyse what solutions would be most beneficial for both parties, port and city, which when you come down to it represent the same people – the city’s population. This is best done from a multidisciplinary angle and with the participation of all the city councils involved. Cities should be proud of their ports and the potential they offer. To generate this pride, ports must involve their cities in their activities. Port and city together should seek compatible activities to bring out these elements of which they can be proud.

Plan the City with the Port: “We are convinced that it is the city which has a port, and not the other way round”

Denis DAVOULT9 February 2016

Interview : Hugo BORELLI, Vice-President of the AIVP, President of the Consorcio de gestión del Puerto de Bahia Blanca.

To “Plan the City with the Port” and ensure a lasting relationship between the two, Hugo Borelli believes that port master plans need to be coherent with the city’s own development, and ports need to keep citizens constantly informed whilst remaining attentive to their concerns and interests.

Plan the City with the Port: “The collective interest is the foundation of a fruitful and sustainable City-Port relationship”

Denis DAVOULT9 February 2016

Interview: Mario GIRARD, Vice-President of the AIVP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of Quebec 

When asked how to successfully “plan the City with the Port” – from the title of AIVP’s guide of good practices published last June – Mario Girard’s response contains two major recurring themes: prioritising collective interests over individual interests, and treating dialogue with the entire community as a means of returning the port to its rightful place.

The ‘licence to operate’ … a proactive approach is more and more essential for the port actors

Bruno DELSALLE4 January 2016

Interview of Prof Dr Michele ACCIARO, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Hamburg

“Ports and cities have for many centuries lived in a symbiotic relationship. Industrialization has often increased conflict and in many cases required the port to move away from the city. A better account of the environmental and social dimension within port management can bring the port and the city together again and help them prosper together and strengthen each other.”

Review of the 2015 Port of the Future National Conference: what are the prospects for French ports?

Bruno DELSALLE4 January 2016

Interview: Philippe JOSCHT, Head of the Water, Sea and Rivers Department (DTecEMF) at Cerema, the Centre for Research and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility and Development.

The role of the Water, Sea and Rivers Department, which has replaced the former “Cetmef”, is to provide expertise on all water-related issues. Its work covers studies and expert analysis, research, knowledge capitalisation and transfer in the field of water. Since 2011 it has organised the Port of the Future National Conference, with which AIVP has been involved on several occasions.

Plan the City with the Port: “No sustainable mix without a shared strategic vision”

Denis DAVOULT10 December 2015

Interview: Philippe Matthis, President of the AIVP, Deputy General Manager of the Port of Brussels

The AIVP published last June a Guide of Good Practices untitled “Plan the City with the Port”. Since then it has been widely disseminated and subject to numerous demands. We therefore found it appropriate to come back here to the many challenges this Guide is addressing and discuss them with the President of the AIVP.