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11 November 2020

The Port of Antofagasta (Chile) forges ahead with its policy of planting trees to improve air quality in the city

Mundo Maritimo

10 November 2020

The port of San Antonio is set to create a dedicated space devoted partly to maritime culture

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A library and literary museum will be created in a special community-focused area of the new port building, and will house valuable documents including the original port plans and a book by Pablo Néruda. For the Port’s President, the initiative aims to use culture as a way of strengthening city-port relations and forging closer ties with the local community.

Portal portuario

10 November 2020

Video Mapping and Audio Walk: two innovative ways of showcasing the industrial and maritime heritage of the Ile de Nantes (France)

Ile de Nantes 1 ; Ile de Nantes 2

10 November 2020

A new example of uses for recycled containers: Kontenerart, a cultural and recreational space by the river in Poznan (Poland)

Archdaily (+ images)

4 November 2020

Rouen (France): public consultation on plans for an eco-district

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The Rouen metropolitan authority has just launched the first six-month consultation phase on plans for the new Flaubert eco-district. The 90 hectare site is located in the zone between Rouen’s city centre, the port, and the river Seine. The aim is to attract some 15,000 people to live and work on the former industrial and port site, which is to be regenerated as a new landscaped urban precinct combining homes, economic activities, cultural and leisure amenities, and green spaces.

Rouen Métropole ; Concertation

4 November 2020

In Philadelphia (USA), a park created partly over a freeway is set to reconnect the city with its river, while “Graffiti Pier” will be turned into a public park

Planetizen ; Archpaper

3 November 2020

A sustainable waterfront for Zhuhai (China)

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The project put forward by SOM has been chosen for the new waterfront development in Zhuhai, with plans for a new mixed-use district combining offices, housing, shops, and public spaces, around the port and ferry terminal. The goal is to make the waterfront a low-emissions zone relying heavily on solar and marine energy, and reflects the local development policy with its major focus on technological innovation.

Inhabitat ; Design Boom (+ images)

28 October 2020

Numerous public consultations for Waterfront Toronto

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We have previously reported on developments with the vast regeneration project for Toronto’s waterfront district. The organisation “Waterfront Toronto” was set up to implement the project for a resilient port in a former industrial port sector, with much emphasis placed on involving the local community. A number of consultations are now under way, concerning the projects in the Quay Side and PortLands zones, and to update the marine environmental strategy laid out ten years ago. The commitment to consultation and co-construction with the public is fully in line with Goal 4 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda!

Waterfront Toronto, Get involved ; Quay Side consultation ; Port Lands Consultation ; Marine Use Strategy ; Port Lands project ; Quay side project

28 October 2020

Le Havre (France): the grand dock redevelopment enters a new phase

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At the interface between the port and the City with its Unesco listed heritage, the nine-hectare Quai de Southampton dock was redeveloped and opened to the public in the summer of 2019. The site has now become a popular promenade and leisure area, while also offering a good introduction to the port itself, as it now houses Le Havre’s Port Center. The second phase of the project was recently launched, and will see the grand dock extended from the MuMa museum of modern art to the marina. By the summer of 2022, there will be nearly 4 kilometres of promenade and sites for local residents and tourists (particularly cruise passengers) to discover.

Ville du Havre (+ vidéos) ; 76Actu

Citizen Port

20 January 2021

Discovering literature’s masterpieces in Trieste and San Antonio

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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.

Port of Trieste, Youtube Channel, Portal Portuario, Exposición

20 January 2021

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.

Green Marine

20 January 2021

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 of San Diego

20 January 2021

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.

Cross River Partnership

20 January 2021

Increasing the port community’s social engagement in Bilbao and Oslo

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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.

Port of Bilbao, Port of Oslo

16 December 2020

Developing an eco-citizen culture to manage natural resources in Senegal

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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.

Enda Energie, Vivafrik

16 December 2020

The Port of Helsinki (Finland) will multiply the amount of solar energy it generates. The goal is to be 100% carbon-neutral by 2035.

Port of Helsinki

16 December 2020

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.

Intercruises

16 December 2020

Engaging citizens in Maritime Spatial Planning in Anosy. The participatory process will build a maritime planning accepted by all in Madagascar.

Midi Madagasikara

16 December 2020

Graffiti in port city: New life for industrial landscapes in Linz and Hamburg

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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.

URBANSHIT, Linz Tourismus, Walls Can Dance

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Enterprise-driver Port

20 January 2021

Maersk Supply Service offers plastic recycling jointly with The Ocean Cleanup

Maritime Denmark

20 January 2021

Suape (Brazil): New Fortress Energy to develop a floating LNG terminal

Green Port

20 January 2021

Helsinki (Finland): natural gas produced by recycling organic waste

Port News

Submersion marine
20 January 2021

Climate change: adapt to avoid exorbitant costs along coastlines

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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.

The Medi Telegraph ; Offshore Energy ; Jeune Afrique ; AFD.fr ; Dhaka Tribune

13 January 2021

With help from the port authority, the University of Antwerp (Belgium) has developed 3D sensors to automate river transport and make it more attractive

Port Strategy

13 January 2021

In the city of Grand-Bassam (Côte-d’Ivoire), cocoa processors are organising local production to make up for lower exports

All Africa

13 January 2021

Tallinn (Estonia) approves an ambitious plan for cold ironing and renewable energies

Offshore Energy

Gestion des déchets
13 January 2021

Waste: Eldorado for port cities?

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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.

The Business Desk ; DH Net ; Le Magazine du manager

Offshore carbon capture
6 January 2021

Carbon capture and storage: an opportunity for port cities

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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!

OedigitalSplash 247 ; Splash 247 (2) ; Oedigital (2) ; L’Usine Nouvelle ; Hellenic Shipping News ; Port of Rotterdam (web)

6 January 2021

Research by Dalhousie University (Canada) points to algae as a future food source

CBC Canada

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