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a master plan specifically for the Tivoli Docks site, which will become available around 2025 after port activities are withdrawn.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
Work has started on the new Merchant Marine School at Le Havre
Located at the port-city interface, the new school, designed for 1,000 students, may soon prove over-sized if the French government’s decision to suppress first year university courses at Le Havre is confirmed.©PhotoAIVP
Forty-four university scholarships offered by the Port of Milford (UK) since 2003
The FOS Industrial Port Zone at Marseille celebrates 50 years with the “Water Fools” spectacle put on by the company Ilotopie
Unheard-of! an obstacle course to discover the Waalhaven at the Port of Rotterdam
Antwerp: Havencentrum Lillo welcomes more than 2,500 visitors for the 3rd “Flemish Ports Day”
Havencentrum Lillo, an active member of AIVP’s Port Centre Network, has made a significant contribution to the journey of port discoveries offered this year in all Flemish ports. Kris Peeters, Prime Minister of the Flemish Community, Marc Van Peel, president of the Port of Antwerp, and the Flemish Public Works Minister Hilde Crevits, were among those who discovered the different activities available. Crédit Photos: Havencentrum Lillo
10 proposals for integrating ecological prejudice into French law. What will be the impact on port-cities?
Source: Le Monde
The Steering Committee of the Port of Montréal visit Havencentrum Lillo Port Centre at Antwerp
Led by President and CEO Sylvie Vachon, the Montreal delegation met the Anwerp Port Centre Team with their director Philippe Demoulin. The Port is currently debating the opening of a Port Centre at Montreal. AIVP and its Port Centre Network are naturally following this project with great interest, which will be added to the list of other Port Centres currently in gestation: Leghorn (Italy), Le Havre and Dunkirk (France). © Photos Port de Montréal
Port de Montréal
The Port of Vitoria, Brazil, an AIVP member, develops interactivity between city and port
Called “from the City to the Port”, for the past 5 months the programme has offered organised port visits to schoolchildren in the region and anyone else who is interested. A preliminary survey carried out by the port shows that the majority of visitors knew absolutely nothing about everyday port activities.
Source : Port de Vitoria
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!