Positive social actions in port cities during difficult times

 Health and life quality 

On the social field, municipalities and port authorities are also stepping up. The port of Valencia launched the campaign #AlPieDelCañón, sharing videos in social media from port workers, recognizing their efforts to keep supermarkets and hospitals supplied. These videos show the different type of professionals involved in port activities. Other social initiatives include the campaign by the municipality of Bilbao in cooperation with the citizens to detect isolation cases among vulnerable groups, like the elderly. In a similar way, the port of Quebec, has assembled teams of volunteer port workers to work with community organization to deliver essential goods to several port cities.

Port of Valencia, Port of Quebec, City of Bilbao

Accessing to Port City Culture during the quarantine

 Culture and identity 

Parallel to the health and economic measures, port city actors are developing cultural and educational initiatives to bring port city culture closer to those in quarantine, particularly children. Last week we saw the work from Trieste, Barcelona, Tarragona and Livorno. This week, Puertos del Estado released a colouring book about ports, similar to the one AIVP published entitle “Port Cities”. The Port Center of Le Havre has also gathered online resources to bring the people closer to the port from their living room, including serious games or video content. In a similar way, the Port City Futures project from Leiden, TU Delft and Rotterdam Erasmus universities has compiled books, films and documentaries to experience port city culture from home (source). Other AIVP members like La Marina de Valencia, is also sharing online content, including the concerts from last season in La Pérgola . AIVP YouTube channel also include entertainment about port cities, including the AIVP Doc(k) videos with several experts. Following the same idea, our partner the “foundation Sefacil” is publishing for free one book per week about their research.

Port of Trieste, El Vigía, Port of Tarragona, Port Center of Livorno, Puertos del Estado, AIVP Colouring book, Port Center of Le Havre, Port City Futures, La Marina de Valencia, AIVP Doc(k), Sefacil

Development strategies for the Casablanca (Morocco) coastline

 Climate change 

The Moroccan Interior Ministry and the Casablanca Urban Planning Agency have begun examining ways of making the City’s more attractive to visitors, by capitalising on its tourist and economic potential. The project concerns a large area, covering 90 km of coastline, eight administrative territories, the port, a marina, the grand mosque, considerable landscape and built heritage, etc. It will also aim to anticipate natural and climate risks. The ANP (Morocco’s National Ports Agency) has already launched a number of projects for new access routes, the fishing port, the shipyard, and a new cruise terminal. .

Aujourd’hui Le Maroc

Call for tenders for a new opera house in Tallinn (Estonia)

 Port city interface 

The “Opéra by the Sea” will be built in a former port precinct close to the old town, as part of a project aimed at creating both a cultural hub and an iconic building, regenerating and improving the attractiveness of the whole district. Deadline: August 2020.

UNI ; Competition brief

Phase 2 of the Euroméditerranée project in Marseilles (France): moving towards a resilient city

 Climate change 

Euroméditerranée has signed a framework agreement with the firm Leclercq Associés, partnered with Setec, to act as urban planning and design consultants for specific districts concerned by this vast development project. They will look closely at strategy on housing and public spaces. The wider aim is to design what could be the sustainable Mediterranean city, one capable of meeting the challenges posed by climate change. AIVP members will no doubt want to keep a close eye on the process and the resulting solutions.
(Euroméditerranée and Setec International are both AIVP members).

Le Moniteur ; Euroméditerranée

A creative district at Liverpool Docks (UK)

 Port city interface 

The old warehouse district of Ten Streets, in the north of Liverpool, are set for a new lease of life with artists’ workshops and new spaces for cultural businesses. Already a number of events have been held there, and one of the warehouses is now home to a market dedicated to art, fashion and furnishings. Two other redevelopments are planned at either side of the creative district, in the Liverpool Docklands: the Liverpool Waters programme, and 550 residential units to be built in Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse.

Liverpool Echo

Saint-Nazaire (France) gains “City of Art and History” status


Officially awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, the status recognises the proactive policy aimed at regenerating and showcasing the industrial, port, maritime and natural heritage of a port city that was devastated by the Second World War. The policy also forms a key plank of the City Port project, which includes measures to redevelop the submarine base for new uses. Local residents and associations have been included in the process, notably through the creation of a Heritage Council. With this major project, the city and its various stakeholders are forging a new identity.

Saint-Nazaire ; Hitwest (+ podcast)

New spaces for the Port and City of Santander (Spain)


2020 will be a crucial year for the launch of two projects by the Port of Santander: the transfer of the Antonio Lopez hangars, and the relocation of ferry activities. The existing hangars will be demolished, enabling the City to redevelop the land freed up. Ferries currently dock at the passenger terminal, along with cruise ships. Separating the two will allow for improved management of the fast-growing passenger activity. The ferry terminal will be able to accommodate larger vessels and will be equipped with LNG, a requirement of Brittany Ferries. Speaking about the projects, Jaime González, President of the Port of Santander, highlighted the importance he places on the quality of relations between Port and City.

El Diariomontanés

A new financial model for the Sydney waterfront (Australia)?


A collaboration between the New South Wales Government and the residents of Sydney led to the creation in 2001 of the “Harbour Trust”, to preserve certain iconic waterfront sites and open them up to the public. The Harbour Trust is currently under review. Its Chairman is concerned that its funding may be under threat. He is calling not just for a financial commitment from the government for the next 5 to 10 years, but wants to be able to sign long-term 49 year leases. The move would allow private investment to be used to restore and re-use heritage, which is currently not possible. The stance is also a reaction to current controversy surrounding the risks of privatising certain sites, following proposals by a private foundation to turn one of the sites managed by the Harbour Trust, Cockatoo Island, into a permanent “art island”.

Brisbane Times1 ; Brisbane Times2; Brisbane Times3 ; Harbour Trust

Agreement for a City Port project between the Junta de Andalucía, the City and Port of Algeciras

 Port city interface 

The “Lago Marítimo” project will allow better City-Port integration and aims to provide new recreational spaces for residents, along with educational and research facilities. A multi-purpose building is also planned, to address the future needs of the port authority and the city. It will include an exhibition space and could host a Port Center and the future Port Innovation Center.

Andalucia informacion ; Video