Being passionate about ports and port-cities doesn't always make you realize that what you see is not what others see. When you talk to people on the streets in Rotterdam for many people the port is as abstract as a bank. You know that what they do is important in daily life, but take it for granted. This was exactly the case when we started redesigning the curriculum of our Minor Port Management & Logistics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. How do we engage students with an economic, business or law background with the port-city? How can we make young academics make the connection between the past and the present in such a way that the younger generation gets engaged and finds a future in the port-city ecosystem?
Port festivals have been one of the main initiatives for ports to bring citizens closer to their activities. They usually include group visits, concerts, art shows or conferences. They build on the maritime culture and "wow" effect of the port territory, particularly when visitors stand close to big ships or cranes, or heritage. Port open days usually take place locally, celebrating the anniversary of the port authority. But what if it was a national event? This is exactly what happens in the Italian Port Days, already in its second edition. In this article, Tiziana Murgia from Assoporti, explains their motivations and challenges to organize this event and the combined efforts from many stakeholders.
Port Archives remain a relatively unknown institution when compared to the visibility that maritime or port museums may have. They are often regarded as resource for researchers, but can also play an important role in the port-city-citizen relationship. Lar Joye, Port Heritage Director of of Heritage of Dublin Port Company explains in this article the different initiatives the port is taking forward to open up the archives, making them accessible for everybody and exploring their vast collection of documents and images.
The Port of Montreal has developed several projects in the last years to bring the port closer to the citizens. In this article, Ms. Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Port of Montreal, reflects on the importance of port city culture and heritage, explains the new initiatives and the impact they had in the port-city relationship.
During the past 30 years, AIVP has assisted port cities in finding their path to a more resilient, concerted and sustainable future. When we launched the AIVP Agenda 2030 in 2018, we gathered massive support from our members in the following months showing it was the right path. Starting in 2020, answering to our members’ interests, we will organize our content following the goals of the Agenda, sharing more resources and knowledge: one goal of the Agenda, each month. Our first series since the 15th of September has been about “Life Quality and Health”. It makes no doubt that health is currently the top-priority for most citizens around the world, as the atrocious death toll of the pandemic is still increasing.
Reduce environmental impacts while optimize port operation: Get to know the Pixel project, a new AIVP Partner!
Reducing the environmental impact of port operations and increasing their transparency are two key elements for sustainable port-city relationships (goal 9.1 of the AIVP Agenda 2030). Internet of Things (IoT), based on data generated by devices deployed in (smart) ports and cities can play a crucial role in both. Research projects like Pixel Port are working to develop new tools for efficient and transparent monitoring of environmental impact of ports. Their single impact metric can facilitate better joint governance and contribute to a healthier port-city relationship. Ignacio Lacalle, researcher from UPV, explains in this article the key aspects of the project and how AIVP and Pixel are starting a new collaboration based on the AIVP Agenda 2030.
"Health and Life Quality": this goal is now the top-priority for most of the citizens, due to the Covid-19 pandemic but also because of the growing concern about air pollution or water drinkability. This month, AIVP will dedicate a full series of publications to this key-issue. As an introduction, here is an article coordinated by Francesca Morucci, with the contribution of Jamil Ouazzani and Laurence Bouchardie.
In the wake of the tragedy in Beirut, can we expect to see more public calls for improved industrial safety in port cities?
In front of the impressive images of the devastation caused not only to the port of Beirut but also to the whole urban area, the citizens of the port cities are worried. A mobilization on these subjects will develop in the coming days and months. However, industrial safety in ports throughout the world has been the subject of reflection and measures for several years.
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.