Dubai: Emaar Properties unveils “The Dubai Mall by the Sea”

The $6.8 billion project includes residential units, a 430 berth marina capable of accommodating the world’s biggest yachts, along with retail spaces, restaurants and leisure facilities. It will be developed near Mina Rashid, where the Queen Elisabeth II is moored, having been turned into a hotel. The project will also improve the facilities available to cruise passengers arriving at the Hamdan bin Mohammed cruise terminal, which officially opened in 2014.

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With its inland waterways master plan, Germany is looking to increase river transport’s market share to 15% by 2030.

Measures to be improve infrastructures, thereby helping to reduce the increasingly frequent periods of low water levels, and moves to bring the fleet into line with environmental standards, will be two key planks of the plan. Certain public procedures will also be simplified to ensure decisions can be implemented more speedily. A total of 80 measures have been announced.
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Barcelona: another step forward for Port Vell

Thirty years after the Special Plan for Port Vell was approved, the Gerencia Urbanística Port Vell is launching new projects in anticipation of future requirements. New spaces for leisure activities, culture, research and innovation will be created for the public. Examples include the development of the Hermitage Museum, reported in one of our recent newsletters, and a new Port Center at the former Port Authority headquarters.

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Italy’s ports association launches the Italian Port Days to raise public awareness about port life and culture

The event will be held simultaneously in every port in the country between 15 and 21 May. A variety of activities will be available, including meetings, tours, fun workshops, etc., all with a dual objective: to promote the societal integration of ports and to strengthen City Port links. The event will close with a press conference at the Port Center in Livorno, a member of AIVP’s Port Center Network.
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Melbourne: parks and public spaces for the Southbank

The project concerns the Southbank arts precinct and the 18,000 m2 of public spaces redeveloped there. The team selected after a tender process includes two landscape architecture professors from the University of Sheffield, and architecture firm Hassell. The project includes plans for raised parks, gardens and pedestrian areas.

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Cutting CO2 emissions: proposals to limit sailing speeds do not enjoy unanimous support. But could we see the end of just-in-time?

For certain experts, slowing ships too much would make additional vessels necessary, which would wipe out the benefits in terms of CO2 emissions. But given the need to act against climate change, some are suggesting that cities, ports, logistics operators, industry and consumers should be prepared to accept a reasonable increase in delivery times. In which case that additional vessel would simply be unnecessary.
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USA: the State of Washington launches its Maritime Blue 2050 Initiative based on a public-private partnership

Discussions between businesses and institutional leaders begun in 2013 led to the creation of the Washington Maritime Foundation in 2015. There are now six action programmes focused on territorial marketing territorial, knowledge sharing, business networking, training, an investment fund, and a research and innovation cluster.
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New interpretations of the Port Center concept are emerging worldwide

In the past weeks we have seen news portraying new models of Port Centers. In Southampton the 1851 trust, from the sailing team INEOS, has a space named STEM Crew HQ with a rich educational content to link the classroom to the maritime world, especially in sciences, technology, math and engineering. In Florida, the new Sea the World Storefront, from Marine Industry, will open next May, with an exhibition and activities to engage with students and raise awareness to maritime professions, investing on human capital and education. In Hamburg, the Discovery Dock opened in April, from private investors, that created this space to explore the port as an attraction, using advanced VR gadgets. Finally, we could also read that the port of Barcelona will open its Port Center in 2021, framed in the special plan Port Vell. These news confirm AIVP’s message, that citizen engagement, port culture and education are crucial for sustainable port-city relationships, and that Port Centers are a crucial tools for these purposes Continue reading

Paris: charter for using the Seine docks

Two charters have been signed allowing mixed uses for certain port sectors in the capital. The aim was to determine clearly the best way to share these spaces between different users, who include the Port and the City of Paris, the town hall authorities in the districts concerned, and also local residents, associations, and institutions. As we have reported on numerous occasions, the Port of Paris is following a highly proactive urban integration strategy.

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Port of Marseilles: a new future for the east docks

The East docks cover a 400 hectare strip of land running for 12 km along the coast to the North of the Old Port. There, the issues of integration between the port and city are particularly strong. The City Port Charter laid the foundations for a strategy aimed at mixed-use porosity, and some iconic developments have already been completed. Today, new opportunities are opening up, notably with the relocation of the international ferry terminal to Cap Janet. Detailed report.

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