In Malmö (Sweden), the shipyard is set to be turned into a creative hub
Currently in ruins, the old foundry dating from 1910, which produced parts for ships, is to be transformed into a creative hub. Located in a new sustainable district of Malmö, the building will house 300 workspaces, meeting rooms, open lounges, studios, and exhibition spaces. The building’s historic aspects will be re-interpreted and showcased..
At the port of Saint-Malo (France), 53 apartments are to be built on the site of the former SNSM lifeboat service buildings
Gabon’s Office of Ports and Roadsteads (Oprag) is set to renovate a bridge that provides access to both the port and city of Owendo
Alicante (Spain) updates its City Port project
The latest additions to the Special Port Plan will treble the amount of land available to build offices. The move reflects the city’s commitment to creating a district dedicated to digital tech and innovation, which includes turning the Panoramis shopping mall into a business centre. The strategy is backed by the Generalidad (the Regional Government of Valencia), which has approved plans for a tech hub at dock no. 5, where 75 innovation business will be based, creating 800 jobs. In late October, the Port also began work to expand the Parque del Mar, a recreational and landscaped park designed to mitigate the port’s impact on the immediate environment. A raised viewing platform will be created near the fishing port, allowing visitors to see and understand how ships and goods circulate.
Port Elizabeth (RSA): a crucial milestone for the waterfront development
Transnet has been given the green light by the Government to begin demolishing the oil tanks at the port. Work could being in early 2022. The long-awaited move will pave the way for plans to develop a working waterfront in Mandela Bay. The project includes shops, offices, an international congress centre, a maritime museum, a maritime training centre, and a marina. It will also support the development of good services, ship repair, and passenger activities.
Port Réunion offers financial support for the “Ecocité” project to create a “sustainable tropical” city
The passenger terminal in Iquitos (Peru) set to open in December has been designed as an integral part of the City-Port relationship
Heritage as an asset
The specific identity of our port cities comes mainly from their port heritage. Re-using that heritage to redevelop a site and enhance its appeal is a strategy that features regularly in our publications. Currently, some new examples have been seen. These include redeveloping warehouses and converting them for new uses, such as the Fénix Museum in Rotterdam or concert halls in Brussels. Also in the Belgian capital, the former Tour&Taxis ferry terminal which dates from the early 20th century is set to be turned into offices, shops and leisure facilities, housed in a sustainable building. These transformative projects are also an opportunity for architects to suggest ways of increasing urban density, by grafting new additions onto existing buildings. Examples include a former industrial mill in Dublin, and an old shipbuilding plant in Brisbane. Investors are often among the first to spot the potential offered by existing heritage, as shown with the buildings recently put up for sale at the listed Sullivans Cove site in Hobart (Tasmania).
Discovering literature’s masterpieces in Trieste and San Antonio
From Hemingway, to Melville or Joseph Conrad, the maritime world has inspired many famous novels by well-known authors. Exploring this connection, the port of Trieste (Italy) has launched the initiative “Ti porto un libro”, as part of their #IORESTOACASAENAVIGO program. The port authority invited four contemporary authors to recommend four books inspired by the sea, and to read excerpts and record them in four port locations usually not accessible to the citizens. The four video stories have been published during the Christmas period and are available in Youtube. The sea has also inspired famous poets, like Neruda, as the first exhibition of the Sea Book Museum in San Antonio, Chile shows. The exhibition, the inaugural activity of this institution created by the port authority, is 100% virtual and is the result of the cooperation between Chilean and Italian organizations, a country with which the author also developed a special connection.
Unprecedented success of the ECHO program of the Port of Vancouver to protect the whales. More than 860 large commercial vessels and 138 tug transits participated in the program reducing their speed in key areas and avoiding whale’s routes.
Protecting the coast with natured-based solutions in San Diego (USA). The port authority is collaborating with the California State Coastal Conservancy to create a Native Oyster Living Shoreline that will also protect against the future sea level rise.
Port and City work together in London (UK) for cleaner air. The second round of funding to retrofit vessels, party of the Clean Air Thames initiative, has been launched. Applications will be accepted until February 12th.
Increasing the port community’s social engagement in Bilbao and Oslo
Many port companies have demonstrated during the covid-19 pandemic their social engagement with the local community. Now, the port authority of Bilbao (Spain) is launching a pioneer program, with the support of regional government, to support, coordinate and improve CSR actions of port companies. The program will count with the assistance of specialized consultants to better identify CSR actions and how to assess their performance in the first 6 months. At the same time, in Oslo (Norway), the port authority has launched a call for application to establish new agreements with organizations creating new activities for children and teenagers focused on communicating the maritime culture. The potential partners can receive financial support, free spaces for activities and promotion in the port authority’s several communication channels.
Developing an eco-citizen culture to manage natural resources in Senegal
Citizens must be part of ecological governance initiatives. Following this principle, the Intercommunal Agreement of the Petite Côte (EIPC), a region of Senegal, implemented the Programme of Good Ecological Governance. They support ecological, energy and economic transition through the development of an eco-citizen culture for an inclusive management of natural resources in the region. The programme includes educational and awareness initiatives for the coastal territory, such as the music compilation “NA SET”. Other goals are the training of local leaders for integrative climate change resilience governance and sustainable waste management, creating new jobs for youth and women.
The Port of Helsinki (Finland) will multiply the amount of solar energy it generates. The goal is to be 100% carbon-neutral by 2035.
Sustainable tourism in cruise cities. Intercruises and Intrepid Urban Adventures work together to develop new small group walking tours with a positive impact in destinations.
Engaging citizens in Maritime Spatial Planning in Anosy. The participatory process will build a maritime planning accepted by all in Madagascar.
Graffiti in port city: New life for industrial landscapes in Linz and Hamburg
Urban art and industrial port settings are a win-win combination. In many port cities around the globe, warehouses and industrial building are great canvases for graffiti artists to bring new life to these landscapes. In the case of Linz (Austria), the Mural Harbor is an open-air gallery in the river port, that started in 2012 and has already gathered more than 300 murals from artist coming from 35 different countries. Today, the area is one of Linz’s tourist attractions, including guided walking tours. In 2020, a new area was inaugurated: the M.A.Z. Museum auf Zeit, a temporary urban art exhibition and indoor extension of the Mural Harbor. Another example of graffiti art in port city areas can be found in Hamburg, Germany. The Walls can Dance initiative, in which national and international urban artists create colourful large-scale murals, along a path connecting the city centre of Harburg with the river port.
Maersk Supply Service offers plastic recycling jointly with The Ocean Cleanup
Suape (Brazil): New Fortress Energy to develop a floating LNG terminal
Helsinki (Finland): natural gas produced by recycling organic waste
Climate change: adapt to avoid exorbitant costs along coastlines
A study by a Frankfurt-based group estimates the costs of natural disasters during 2020 at 210 billion dollars, emphasising the effects of rising sea levels in China and the Pacific Ocean. Coastlines are particularly affected. Unless they adopt energy transition measures, ports dependent on hydrocarbon traffic will be affected by a drop in their trade; Amsterdam (Holland) has taken the message to heart and wants to increase cargo movement by getting greener. For the sake of the associated cities, port-related traffic also needs to reduce hydrocarbon consumption to avoid both economic and ecological disaster: for example, in Lagos (Nigeria) congestion costs 55 million dollars every year, and the city government is now diversifying to reduce road traffic into the port. Other developing countries have already introduced initiatives to this end, for example a programme in Cotonou (Benin), in cooperation with AFD, which should be completed in 2021; or the coastal protection megaproject in the port of Khulna (Bangladesh), the second largest in the country (after Chittagong): the Bengali authorities consider that it is essential for the survival of the south-west of the country.
With help from the port authority, the University of Antwerp (Belgium) has developed 3D sensors to automate river transport and make it more attractive
In the city of Grand-Bassam (Côte-d’Ivoire), cocoa processors are organising local production to make up for lower exports
Tallinn (Estonia) approves an ambitious plan for cold ironing and renewable energies
Waste: Eldorado for port cities?
Industrial ecology is a means of pooling and recycling emissions from industry to assist other companies and focus development on a virtuous circle. Port Salford in Greater Manchester (UK) is set to be extended using recycled construction materials, avoiding a significant amount of pollution that would otherwise be generated by concrete production. This port development mirrors other urban initiatives, including one in Brussels (Belgium), where city hall has selected 38 projects. These will also be actively supported by the port, which is providing land to store the recyclable materials. However, the idea is not limited only to European countries. Kenya has signed an ambitious partnership with the firm ENI to convert agricultural waste into biofuels in Mombasa, the country’s largest port city.
Carbon capture and storage: an opportunity for port cities
In port cities, carbon capture and storage will no doubt be central to the new circular economy. Why? Because not only do port cities usually host carbon-emitting industrial activities, but most storage facilities will be sited offshore! In Australia, Perth-based company Transborders Energy is set to launch an offshore project with Japanese partners. The constructors are already lining up, with the likes of K-Line or Stena Bulk having already created prototype carbon storage vessels. Port infrastructures will enable carbon to be centralised and then shipped to storage sites, as is the case with the Northern Lights project based in Bergen (Norway) and operated by Total, Shell, and Exxon-Mobil. Another project of interest is CinfraCap, currently being designed in Gothenburg (Sweden) by five Nordic firms. And of course, we have previously reported on the EU Commission-funded Porthos project in progress at the port of Rotterdam (Netherlands). Its operators are confident, and a progress update in December indicated that the project will be completed on time!