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
Spain central government has given the green light to a series of innovation plans in the country’s port cities. In Malaga, some 52 million euros has been earmarked for a plan to support the local economy and transfer disused land to the municipality. A similar project to bring the City and Port closer together has been budgeted for in Huelva. The issue of freight intermodality is crucial, and explains why Tarragona is set to invest 330 million euros to tackle the challenge in the coming years. In the same vein, Ferrol is to release 102 million euros in funding to develop its rail links. There is also a focus on the energy sources of tomorrow, for example in southern Catalonia where there are plans for a new platform dedicated to green hydrogen. An approach that combines both economic growth and environmental sustainability is vital for the future of Spain’s port cities. Bilbao is spearheading the trend, with the renewal of its EMAS and EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certifications. Incidentally, it was the first port in the world to obtain the EPD in 2019, with the help of the leading R&D company Tecnalia. ValenciaPort is also committed to this approach, and has unveiled plans for a new, greener terminal model, 98% of whose energy supply will come from renewable sources.
➜ Spanish Ports (Malaga) ; Spanish Ports (Huelva) ; Spanish Ports (Tarragona) ; Spanish Ports (Ferrol) ; Aguaita ; Portal Portuario (Bilbao) ; Portal Portuario (ValenciaPort)
Port city interface
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
Energy transition and circular economy
With the mega-ship CMA-CGM Jacques Saadé now in service, the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for seagoing vessels is now a reality. This 23,000 TEU ship’s propulsion systems are powered by LNG, an energy source that allows a 20 to 40% reduction in CO2 emissions, and also emits low levels of sulphur oxides and fine particulate matter. The Mozambique Canal boasts vast LNG resources that could drive this energy transition, and the port cities of the Indian Ocean are preparing for the revolution. One example is Longoni (Mayotte, France), which is redeveloping as a support base for the industry. On the other side of the Canal, the terminals at Durban (South Africa) are being upgraded to handle LNG. Demand is high, with India expressing an interest in this cleaner form of energy. A substantial volume of LNG extracted will pass through Indian ports. Meanwhile, Total is maintaining its major investment (13 billion euros) in the province of Cabo Delgado (Mozambique), despite attacks by terrorist groups in Mocimboa da Praia. The company is also set to collaborate with Siemens on LNG turbines.
➜ L’Antenne ; CMA CGM Group ; Le Journal de Mayotte ; Mayotte 1ère ; GreenPort ; Kallanish Energy ; World Oil
Port city interface
Construction work on this business district on the site of the former port of Djibouti was officially launched by the country’s President on 8 October. The first phase involves the creation of a hotel, exhibition and conference rooms, along with a marine research centre. Eventually, there will also be a pair of twin towers, shopping mall, marina, cruise terminal, aquarium, and other amenities. Above all, though, the project is about creating a new vision of the port city based on the “Port-Park-City” concept developed by the China Merchant Group, a key partner of Djibouti. Originally created by China Merchants Group for the Chinese port of Shekou, the concept is based on the integrated development of ports, industrial parks, services, and the city. China Merchant Group had already made clear its aim of applying the idea to several ports in Africa, including Djibouti..
➜ The Africa Report, Port-City-Park model (2019) ; Port Strategy ; La Nation
The State Government of Penang has organised an international ideas competition for suggestions on building a resilient “City-State” across the island’s different neighbouring districts. The aim is to build on the area’s historic and natural advantages to develop a new type of city, combining culture, nature, economy and new technologies, with an emphasis on innovation. There are also plans for a creative and technology precinct in George Town, while Butterworth is set to get an innovation centre based around the port installations and Penang Sentral multimodal terminal.
➜ World Architecture ; International Ideas Competition
Port city interface
The North Port Development Project was launched in 2008. It concerns a vast swathe of waterfront, which the Port wants to turn into a world-class maritime and urban tourist centre. There are plans for a business district, a multi-use port district focused on passenger-based activities, cultural and leisure districts, and a residential area. The project is currently on display in the international passenger terminal, which also overlooks this North sector of the port. The Port’s current headquarters will be converted into a cruise terminal. The port is also looking at the feasibility of a new HQ, which would be housed in a smart building in the North sector, accompanying the port on its path to innovation.
➜ North Port Redevelopment ; North Port Redevelopment Exhibition Hall ; New Office Building
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”.
➜ PR Newswire ; Smart port ecosystem (1) ; Hellenic shipping news ; Port of Rotterdam (website) ; Port of Busan (press release) ; Smart port ecosystem (2)
Energy transition and circular economy
The proximity of the Seine was one of the big arguments underpinning Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which focused heavily on the river’s potential benefits as part of an environmentally-friendly Games. As a result, the waterway is being used to transport the materials and excavated earth and waste from the worksites where the various venues and facilities are under construction. One such site is the future Olympic Village, with its 3,000 residential units. Haropa Ports de Paris and Voies Navigables de France are both working to ensure the Olympic-related activity is compatible with usual river logistics, whether in terms of port traffic or tourism. However, the Paris Games are being organised with an eye firmly on the future, with the Olympic Village set to be turned into an eco-district, while Haropa Ports de Paris is keen to use the Games as a way of accelerating its existing efforts to promote the energy transition, and to improve water quality in the Seine.
➜ Navigation, Ports et Industries (Sept, dossier pp. 20-33) ; VNF ; Haropa Ports de Paris ; Le Moniteur(1) ; Le Moniteur (2)
Culture and identity
We have previously told you about several projects to enhance and showcase the aesthetic appeal of port infrastructures. The latest example is to be found at the Port of Strasbourg (France), which is hosting a month of artistic projections on the side of the Malteries d’Alsace silo. The project was made possible with the collaboration of the Rhine Higher Institute of Arts. The series of projections will showcase the past and present of the Rhine Port. In Rio (Brazil), the “Rua Walls” exhibition was recently inaugurated. The initiative, which saw 18 artists turn the walls of several warehouses into artworks, is also a community inclusion project. Another public art initiative is to be found in Toronto (Canada), where artists will be invited to take up residence on the Toronto waterfront for sixteen months, creating a dialogue with the local community and bringing vibrancy to the district. In early 2021, Toronto is also set to launch a new public urban art strategy for the next ten years.
➜ Port de Strasbourg ; Agencia Brésil ; Waterfront Toronto ; Toronto