New York City consults citizens on the latest version of its Vision 2020 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

A waterfront zoning plan was originally created in 1993, and in 2008 the City decided it should be updated every ten years. The current consultation concerns the new version of the Vision 2020 for the 520 miles of waterfront, a document dating back to 2011. This summer, a variety of public workshops were organised for “Living and Playing at the Waterfront”, “Working at the Waterfront”, “Restoring and Recreation”, “Adapting our Waterfront” (to climate change).

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River transport in France remains underused, despite its clear advantages

Benefits include a lower carbon footprint, extensive network, capacity reserve, storage options in central urban areas, and low negative externalities. Recent policies aimed at promoting cooperation between stakeholders along the Seine and Rhône or in the Hauts de France region are also ensuring a more consistent, dynamic approach. Isemar has taken an in-depth look at the issue.
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Long Beach and Los Angeles ports begin talks to intensify cooperation

The challenge is to make the City Port territory more competitive as a gateway for products arriving in the USA from Asia. This internal strategy driven by the management of both ports is reminiscent is similar to those involving Tacoma and Seattle, or the joint sports initiative between Virginia and Georgia. Géraldine Knatz, former CEO of the Port of Los Angeles and member of the AIVP Expert Committee, believes these initiatives are sensible solutions, that have become increasingly popular since the last attempted merger in 2014.
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Hayle (UK): FCBStudios selected for the next phase in the redevelopment of Cornish Harbour, a world heritage site

The project is inspired by the coal wharf and the natural landscape. Some 140 homes, along with offices, shops and a public square will be created on the eight-hectare site. The agreement also covers a wider masterplan involving 300 homes, a hotel, a watersports hub, and a listed building. The project was designed in conjunction with the municipality, heritage bodies and the local community.

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North Vancouver: a new life for the former naval yards

Dialog has created a mixed-use development building on the site’s strong identity and heritage. This is particularly true of Shipyards Commons, one of the workshops that has been restored and now houses leisure activities. With shops and restaurants, public spaces and promenades, a small hotel, markets, exhibitions and festivals, the district has gained a new lease of life since the summer.

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Port of Rotterdam and Hamburg are discussing coordinated action for greener harbors

Local politicians from the green and social-democratic parties are negotiating new identical green shipping regulation to avoid harming economic competition, while favoring more environmentally sustainable ports. The goal is to convince other major European ports to join the initiative.

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Waste and emissions: often criticised, the cruise industry is innovating to mitigate its environmental impact.

Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä is set to install a gasification unit on board the Regal Princess to process waste which was previously incinerated. Residual waste will be reduced to just 5% of its initial volume ad stored in the form of inert material and synthetic gas, which will be recycled as fuel.
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Saint-Nazaire: the roof of the submarine base set to become an urban park

By 2021, the four hectares of roof area will house an urban farm and an educational centre devoted to the ecological transition, created by the non-profit association Base. Green spaces will complete the “Jardin du Tiers-paysage” landscape garden designed by Gilles Clément, while a sports trail and a heritage trail will also be created at this highly symbolic site in Saint-Nazaire.

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The Pualu Brani port terminal in Singapore set to become a theme park

The terminal itself will be relocated to Tuas. The island of Brani will be turned into a theme park like the neighbouring isle of Sentosa, home to Universal Studios. A complex for the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) will also be built. This is one of the projects for the Greater Southern Waterfront, a vast 2,000 hectare site that currently houses PSA’s terminals. The Prime Minister has announced plans for parks and residential areas with 9,000 homes.

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Buffalo (United States): plans approved for the Outer Harbor

Three plans were put forward during the public consultation in 2018. The ECHDC (Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation) was chosen last June as the project that best met requirements: taking into consideration the industrial heritage (in particular a grain silo), improving biodiversity, optimising access, and providing nature-related recreational activities. The site is divided into three sectors: a marina, a central sector to become a park, and the sector where the existing terminal B will be re-used to stage events.

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