City Port territories move to kick-start the growth of the hydrogen industry and promote the urban integration of maritime activities

As Maersk announces plans to launch carbon-neutral ships by 2030, the engine manufacturer MAN Cryo has unveiled its hydrogen-based solution for short-distance transport. In Auckland, the port plans to build a hydrogen station in 2019 that will eventually serve trucks, trains, ferries and tugboats. In Antwerp, the port has rewarded CMB for its hydrogen-powered shuttle “Hydroville”, intended to transport commuters in the port district.
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Hobart (Tasmania): what future for the waterfront?

This review of the history of the Hobart waterfront redevelopment recalls how the transformation of the old port gave rise to multiple projects and debates. The same is true of a project proposed this year by Cumulus Studio, including an outdoor swimming-pool, a market and a maritime museum. The most recent project, by landscape architect Michael Haynes, aims to return priority to pedestrians and public spaces.

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Corunna: thousands visit an exhibition on 10 European cities which have converted parts of their port zones

These 10 models give an idea of what could be done at Corunna. All these port cities chose to organise international competitions to give their projects coherence through an overall plan. The solutions adopted vary, depending either on the diversity of the new uses introduced, the type of management adopted, the choice to build emblematic buildings (frequently the case), the uses given to water and the old docks, or the priority given to pedestrian promenades. Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite: Amsterdam was the winner.

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Buenos Aires: mural frescos to give new life to the Sand Terminal

Argentina’s flora and fauna have inspired the artists in this programme to recover buildings and sand silos which have been abandoned for years. The programme is part of the current project for F Dock, which will be converted into a riverside promenade. However, the manager responsible for the Port’s project stresses that the idea is for the Sand Terminal’s equipment to be brought back into use as well, as it can play an essential role in construction work around the city.
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Marseille, Euroméditerranée: temporary site occupancy strategy

Euroméditerranée has launched a call for expressions of interest for nine sites yet to be allocated in the port hinterland zone. The aim is to host economic or cultural activities there for between one and five years. The strategy is also intended to enable current and future residents and users to reclaim the site in redevelopment.

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The Port of Antwerp and the Belgian development agency Enabel strengthen their cooperation

Their aim is to promote port expertise in the area of sustainability to developing countries, while consolidating overseas growth centres for the national economy. Of the fourteen countries supported by Enabel, thirteen are in Africa. The current close collaboration with Cotonou could provide a platform for the policy. Continue reading

Hackathon and simulators: stimulating innovation to improve port logistics

The 3rd Haropa hackathon ended with awards for various projects in the areas of port employment or community relations. The projects will receive backing. In another field, the major port equipment manufacturer Kalmar has taken inspiration from Formula 1 and is keen to explore the benefits of collaborative simulator games aimed at improving the operation of container terminals. When will the championship start? Continue reading

Paris: public consultation on plans to redevelop Port Legrand

Covering 1.3 hectares, Port Legrand has shared spaces that are used for transporting construction materials, recyclable materials and very large objects via the waterway. It also has a commercial real estate complex dedicated to nautical activities. The project includes plans to restructure the complex, reorganise the spaces and pedestrian paths, and create a passenger stopover point.

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