Can efforts to protect against rising sea levels be profitable?
Developing the city on land reclaimed from the sea in anticipation of rising sea levels could be an opportunity to acquire new urban spaces and facilities. Several such projects have been launched, in Copenhagen, New York, Singapore, and Jakarta. This solution to the climate risk could even generate substantial profits from the sale of the new land and the facilities developed on it, unlike more traditional methods such as building protective embankments. But there is still debate, not just on this point, but also on the need to avoid compromising the quality of facilities made available to the public.
San Francisco (USA): a park that remembers its port history
Crane Cove Park is part of the redevelopment plan intended to convert the former naval yards at Pier 70 for urban uses. Designed by Aecom, the new park deliberately retains vestiges of the site’s industrial past, including two port cranes and a launch ramp, while the materials and colour schemes employed will also reference the port. The park will be part of the “Blue greenway”, a network of parks and public spaces reconnecting the city with the waterfront. The ramp formerly used to launch ships will be preserved, and will act as a flood defence.
In Brest (France), the new promenade between the city and port and its viewing tower offer new views of the roadstead and port activities
In cooperation with local residents, the Port of Riga (Latvia) is developing sports fields and recreational areas
To encourage residents and artists to come together in the waterfront district, Port Angeles (WA, United States) is creating a culture and congress centre
Shanghai waterfront: urban ecology and heritage
A 2.7 kilometer stretch of public space has been developed along the Huangpu. The environment is a key priority for the project, which involves adopting low-carbon technology, re-using some of the existing vegetation, and deploying “spongy city” technologies to anticipate flood risks, etc. The area will house sports and leisure activities, along with urban art, and is taking advantage of the existing industrial heritage.
Tallinn (Estonia): urban developments around a passenger terminal
The City has planned housing, commercial spaces and a promenade in the area around terminal A. A third cruise dock is also under consideration. The 66.1 hectare site is located in a listed heritage zone to the north of the Old Port. The plan also refers to the 2030 masterplan for the Old Port designed by Zaha Hadid. This strategy of integrating urban and port activities will help make the city a more attractive destination.
The Kenyan President has officially opened the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park, developed on more than 10 hectares of land along the Kilindini Canal in Mombasa
The City and Port of Nanaimo (Canada) set up a committee to plan the waterfront development together
Cruise are more than ever a crucial topic for the Port-City relationship
The creation of a discussion group led by Venice Port Authority is an example but other forms of debate happen. In Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain), the 3rd edition of the “Welcome Cruceros!” meeting will take place, bringing together port, city and region to discuss the benefits of this activity. In Talcahuano (Chile), the cruise board of the BioBío Region organized a workshop gathering all relevant stakeholders, including the port authority, municipality and companies. One of the main topics was generating unforgettable experiences for the passenger and using cruises to bring port and city closer together. Finally, the Cruise Dialogue conference will take place next February in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia). Academics, industry and political leaders will discuss the balance between cruises expansion and port-city sustainable relationship. AIVP supports this event and will organize a round table.
Shore side electricity in Le Havre (France), 2 options considered: electric supply from the urban network for cruise ships, and independent production units on other terminals
Protection of the Great Barrier Reef a key issue in the new port Masterplans in Queensland (Australia)
The port of Barcelona (Spain) advocates for sustainable mobility promoting LNG as alternative fuel, new electric vehicle fleet or electrifying quays for onshore power supply.
The Port Center of Algeciras (Spain) will be located in a multifonctional building at the City Port interface
North European ports committed to reduce air pollution and noise of docked vessels.
In the past few days we have seen several initiatives following a similar trend: providing on-shore power to docked vessels to reduce emissions, mostly CO2, nitrogen and sulphur oxides, and noise, affecting the health of local citizens.
In Germany, the federal minister and coastal states have signed a memorandum including different measures to make shore-based power commercially viable. Among the measures are reducing levies and a program of subsidies to improve the port infrastructure. At the same time, the port of Tallinn, in Estonia, has announced that it will install shore power facilities to reduce the emissions and noise of docked vessels. The equipment will be ready by the end of the year, with further expansion in 2020. The port expects to save 120 tonnes of CO2 per ship per month. The Copenhagen Malmo Port has signed an agreement with ferry operator DFDS to establish a shore power facility in Copenhagen, to become operational in 2020.
A recent study from the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) shows that in 2016 air pollution caused over 400 000 premature deaths. The measure of these port cities are positive examples of the actions that can be taken to comply the AIVP Agenda 2030, “Improving living conditions for residents of port cities and protecting their health”.
The Ocean Cleanup organization launched “the Interceptor”, an autonomous boat to tackle plastic pollution in rivers. Two prototypes are already working in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Klang (Malaysia)
The barge uses a floating barrier that guides the litter to a conveyor belt extracting the garbage from the water. The debris is distributed into six internal dumpsters with capacity up to 50 m3. When the barge is full, the local operators recibe a signal to collect it and take the garbage to a waste management facility. The barge includes several solar panels, making the system also energy neutral. This kind of solutions can considerably improve the water quality in many port cities, contributing to goal 9 of the AIVP Agenda 2030.
Full article: The Ocean Cleanup
The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) hosted the Forward Thinking for Maritime Education and Training Excellence Conference to discuss the new skills development and entrepreneurial opportunities offered by the blue economy and the 4th industrial revolution. The underlying discussion was the need to speed up the creations of jobs in the ocean economy, to reach the targets of the Operation Phakisa, launched in 2014, to expand the blue economy
Full article: Global Africa
Inter-business cooperation: La Ciotat (France) aims to strengthen its naval cluster to boost competitiveness
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Is the future of ports set to be increasingly circular?
Two recent studies have examined the theory. In Rotterdam, all flows of raw materials and waste were identified for businesses in the port zone. The aim now is to optimise the way residual flows are processed, with potential for environmental, economic and social benefits. A second report focusing on European circular urban ports mapped out eleven port cities, using a standardised methodology. For each of the cities studied, which included both river and sea ports, the report identified best practices and summarised the strategies adopted.
Strasbourg wants to rely on river transport for more sustainable urban logistics.
Since May 2018, a terminal has been set up at the Quai des Pécheurs in the heart of the metropolis for the needs of a construction site. The City wants now to go further today and is calling for projects to make this terminal a platform for low-carbon urban logistics. The terminal shall operate on a daily basis in perfect harmony with other urban and tourist uses of the waterway. This project is part of the Strasbourg climate plan. Full article: VNF / NPI
Plastic waste: Malaysia negotiates the return of almost 300 containers of waste to their countries of origin.
Full article: Marine Link
Marseille: in addition to cold ironing projects, cruise industry operators are committed to cutting ship sailing speeds
Full article: L’Antenne