The winning design is announced for the Sydney Harbour Pavilion, a meetings centre on the waterfront. It will be made of recycled oyster shells.
The demolition of 16 silos will allow the Port of Corunna (Spain) to release land for other uses and open the port to the city
The Port of Dublin aspires to become a cultural hub
It plans to convert the old pumping station in the Docklands sector into an exhibition and live performance centre. Five plays have already been produced and filmed last summer. The building and adjacent wharf will be redeveloped. Also in the Docklands, the Dock Mill project has just been unveiled: a 14-storey block with a wood structure whose design was inspired by the original mill on the one hand and the Docklands identity on the other.
The Port of Halifax (Canada) will create a Living Lab
“The Pier” will be a laboratory for innovation in transport. It will be opened on the waterfront on the site of the existing Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, which is to be relocated in March. The Farmers’ Market will be held in the open during the hottest months, and under cover during the winter months in a building which normally serves cruise ship passengers.
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a master plan specifically for the Tivoli Docks site, which will become available around 2025 after port activities are withdrawn.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
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.
North Sea Port (Netherlands): Yara launches a plant producing ammonia for use as a marine fuel
AI and “smart” technologies, for greener and more efficient port cities?
According to recent studies, the “smart port” market is set to be worth 14 billion dollars by 2027. Artificial intelligence, automation, blockchain, and the Internet of Things all offer possibilities for improving the efficiency of port installations. Incidentally, AIVP has previously touched on these issues in an interview for the European programme “Speed”.
The port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) has created a coalition to develop AI, which includes the Muncipality of Rotterdam, InnovationQuarter, Netherlands Maritime Technology and TU Delft university. Blockchain is among the priority technologies, as seen with the “Distro” platform, also in the Netherlands, which allows electricity to be bought and sold via blockchain. In Busan (South Korea), the City Authorities have signed a MoU with the Port, universities and a technology centre to develop smart technologies as part of the South Korean Government’s “Digital New Deal” strategy. These technologies are also being developed through competitive events such as “Hackathons”. One such event took place on 14 October, organised by Ports de Lille (France) in partnership with the “Speed” programme, on the “digital and environmental revolution”.
Green hydrogen: a future energy source for port cities?
The future seems to lie with “green” hydrogen, made from non-fossil based electricity. It would require a virtuous chain between renewable energies and hydrogen production plants, to which city-port ecosystems are particularly suited.
In that vein, the Port of Bordeaux (France) has signed an agreement to develop a green hydrogen production industry locally. It is a similar story in Bilbao (Spain), where the port authority has given the go-ahead for construction of one of the world’s largest green hydrogen plants.
These industries are often organised in the form of hubs like the one at Port Kembla (New South Wales Port Authority, Australia, helping to stimulate the local economy.
Mass-produced hydrogen could power ships and help to improve the environmental footprint of maritime shipping. To that end, some companies are researching hydrogen-based propulsion systems, including Engie and ArianeGroup which have joined forces. Prototypes of hydrogen engines are even now being tested by the Italian company Fincantieri.
There is a real market for this new fuel, as can be seen with the agreement that will see Portugal supply green hydrogen to the Port of Rotterdam, which needs the resource for its future operations.