Port life in Italy during the coronavirus emergency: stepping up to the challenge

Hermeline DELEPOUVE23 April 2020

Italy was the first European country to suffer the full consequences of the COVID-19. In this article, Tiziana Murgia from Assoporti, Francesca Morucci and Massimiliano Barbera from the North Tyrrhenian Port Authority Network explain the main measures taken in the maritime sector to face this crisis. The authors also reflect on the serious consequences for passenger activities and the role of international organizations in the global response to the corona virus challenge.

portrait de Philippe Matthis

What can each of us to do about climate change?

Hermeline DELEPOUVE27 January 2020

My wish for the start of this New Year is for every member of AIVP to make a concrete commitment to the fight against climate change, in line with the n°1 priority identified by our worldwide association in the 2030 Agenda. How? Let me explain.

portrait de Philippe Matthis

European Green Deal good news for port cities

Hermeline DELEPOUVE9 January 2020

By Philippe MATTHIS, President of AIVP, the worldwide network of port cities. The EU will be carbon neutral by 2050. If that target is to be met, every sector of the economy will need to take action, and naturally port cities have a crucial part to play in the transition.

Senadora Gabriela Benavides Cobos

Mexico : Senate wants ports to pay for urban development

webmaster22 May 2019

The legal definition of the port-city relationship, and the responsibility of each one of the main actors is one of the key issues in port city governance. In AIVP, we have seen an increasing discussion about this issue. Recently, there have been new initiatives and debates in Chile and Spain. The most recent development has taken place in Mexico, where last April, the senate unanimously approved the law reform, increasing the implication of port authorities in urban development. These organizations will contribute with 30% of the surplus annual income. Considering how important this debate is, AIVP invited senator Gabriela Benavides, main sponsor of the law, to write an article explaining this initiative and help us understand how it functions, and the possible consequences.

The recovery of harbour fronts in the Digital Age

Hermeline DELEPOUVE5 September 2018

Harbour fronts have always been natural border areas. Spaces that lie between land and sea, between cities and ports, between local and global areas. This border identity has made them attractive for economic activity, as by nature, these areas are vibrant spaces for the exchange of goods, the transit of people, as well as the flow of capital and ideas.

Port City Cultures: Building Resilience

Hermeline DELEPOUVE29 May 2018

A text signed by Carola HEIN, Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning
Delft University, The Netherlands and also rapporteur  of the 16th World Conference Cities and Ports held in Quebec City last June.


The close engagement between water and land, between ships and buildings, between people and long-distant trade gives port cities are particular spatial character. The beautifully detailed historical maps collected in the city atlas and edited by Georg Braun and engraved by Franz Hogenberg in the late 16th century show how ships entered the heart of cities like Amsterdam, Venice, or London, connecting inner cities with traditional multifunctional warehouses and public buildings to the port and the sea.

A new renaissance for port-citizens

Hermeline DELEPOUVE24 May 2018

A text signed by Maurice JANSEN, Senior researcher and business developer at Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and also rapporteur of the 16th World Conference Cities and Ports held in Quebec. 

The sensation of us standing on a pivotal moment in time is omnipresent. I heard it at the kick-off of the World Port Sustainability Program, a global initiative where some 1,000 ports have signed a declaration to contribute to the sustainable development goals. It also happened in London, where the IMO agreed to a significant decarbonize shipping. Recently I also read in a newspaper that the change into a new era may be as revolutionary as the Industrial Revolution was for people of that time. I dare to say, we are standing at the verge of a new Renaissance.

Port Cities: Connecting the World

Hermeline DELEPOUVE22 May 2018

A text signed by Barbara FLUEGGE, Founder of Digitizing Ecosystems, Switzerland, and also speaker at the Quebec Conference from June 11th to 14th, 2018.

“Cruising into the city” – a marketing headline we recognize in the cruise business quite well. The routes we choose as passengers depend on a number of criteria. While cruising from one culture and geography into another, we seek excitement and the maximum user experience. Driven by our own preferences, our emotions too turn towards the destinations we are about to reach. Those are the ones that we know at Port Cities. What expects us there? What makes the Port Cities attractive to capture our, the consumers’, interest? And how to capture the interest of investors that help to make each of the Port Cities a unique experience? To explore the back office of a well-functioning port city, we do not ride on the “smart anything” wave. We take in the following a rather different route.