The Cork Docklands (Ireland) set for redevelopment
With 160 hectares of land and 4 km of waterfront, the Cork Docklands site has vast potential. Following numerous studies over the last 20 years, projects are now beginning to emerge. In the North sector, this means offices, housing, and a recently-opened hotel. Planning permission for another 241-room hotel has been obtained. And the Port of Cork has commissioned a master plan specifically for the Tivoli Docks site, which will become available around 2025 after port activities are withdrawn. In the South sector, planning permission has been approved for a 25-storey residential tower block, while Marina Quarter Ltd has unveiled plans for more than 1,000 apartments. The relocation of a fertilizer firm will also open up new possibilities. All in all, the Docklands are set for far-reaching changes that are sure to trigger debate about the future of the area’s industrial and port heritage.
Pakistan’s government approves the master plan for Gwadar Smart Port City
The project was designed to bring the city’s development into line with that of the deepwater port created with Chinese help and opened in 2007. It aims to make Gwadar an economic hub for South Asia, while generating 1.2 million jobs. Some 15,800 homes will be needed by 2025, rising to a total of 254,500 by 2050. There are also plans for theme parks, exhibition centres, seaside resorts, gardens, and museums.
At the port of Strasbourg (France), businesses are set to supply heat to neighbouring districts
Rotterdam: review of the project that has converted the Fenix warehouse into a sustainable mixed-use building
Santos (Brazil): invitation to tender for a new passenger terminal near the historic centre
Zaha Hadid produces a master plan for Shenzhen (China)
The plan will transform the port area of Huanggang into a dedicated research and innovation zone for sectors such as micro-electronics, artificial intelligence, materials development, robotics, medical sciences, and more. The project is based around two large squares, and includes plans for residential and leisure facilities for people working at the science park. There are also plans for numerous green spaces, particularly along the Shenzhen river.
The Factory, a contemporary arts centre in Ho Chi Minh City
Since 2017, a former steel warehouse has become a venue for meetings and contemporary art exhibitions. Permanent installations are not permitted on the site in front of the warehouse, and so eleven containers have been stacked on three levels for use as co-working spaces, cafés, restaurants and small shops.
In Bastia (France), the docks of the Old Port are set to be redeveloped by landscape architects In Situ Paysages et Urbanisme
In Huelva (Spain), the future Local Development Plan will rely on public participation. Sustainable mobility and City Port relations form part of the programme.
Two former brick warehouses in the historic centre of Lisbon have been converted into offices inspired by the buildings’ identity
A guide to port and marine careers is available on the web site of the Virginia Port Authority (USA)
Source: Port of Virginia
Restoration and development of an oyster park to compensate for the extension project in the Port of Virginia (East Coast USA)
Source: Port of Virginia
Italy: the cities’ association (ANCI) hopes to increase links with the work of the Association of Italian Ports (Assoporti)
Source: La Gazetta Marittima
Malaga (AIVP member) becomes Home Port for the cruise company Thomson Cruises
Source: Port of Malaga
After 4 years of uncertainty, the Maritime Museum of Montevideo is to renew its concession
Source: Vision Maritima
Montreal Port launches ‘the good neighbourhing’ section in its Logbook Magazine and invites its citizens to take part in dialogue.
Source: Port of Montreal
Three-year operational plan for Genoa Port is adopted: site relocation in 2015 and rebuilding of the control tower.
Source: Genova Mente Locale
The Port Centre Network (PCN) associates itself with the teachers’ mobility project, within the framework of a European project
Italia: Liguria hopes to make the regions teachers more aware of the world of ports through visits to various cities such as Le Havre and Antwerp. The aim is to discover the port, numerous educational initiatives and hold discussions with local stakeholders.
Regional School Management for Liguria (http://www.istruzioneliguria.it) will present the initiative “Leonardo project VETPRO Blueline” on teacher mobility at the press conference.
The project will officially start with a training program, linguistic and pedagogical training, and a more technical training about maritime and port issues. It will take place between November 2013 and February 2014.
The target audience consists of 67 teachers of high schools of different address – nautical, technical and touristics institutes – of the 4 provinces of Liguria Genoa, Savona, La Spezia and Imperia .
During the hours of training teachers , divided into groups , will be involved in the design of an educational plan – in the wake of two very useful and good experiences, “Let’s adopt a ship” of 2012 and ” Students at Work” of 2013 – that can be shared and exported at higher education institutions of the six goals identified through the partnership :
Marseille, Le Havre , Antwerp , Barcelona , Istanbul, Thessaloniki .
The School Management of Liguriawill help for the pedagogical training by means of its experts, the Association Ligurian Ports and Genoa Port Center will help for the more technical training, on maritime issues.
From March 2014 until March 2015, following the training of teachers and the realization of the educational project, the School Management, in turn, will initiate the teachers, divided into six groups, towards the six cities listed above.
In every destination, each group – made up of 8-15 teachers – will stay
7 days, from Sunday (arrival) to Saturday (departure).
During the week, the teachers will get to know some local school with whom to discuss educational pathways devoted to logistics and maritime and port issues in general, and share the experience with useful teaching methods.
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!