Call for papers for I.S.Rivers


A new edition of the I.S.Rivers international conference will be held in Lyons in June 2021, to allow scientists, operators and users of rivers to come together, share their experiences and engage in dialogue to promote sustainable management of their waterways. AIVP is one of the event’s partners.

I.S. Rivers Call for abstracts

Marseille: a project for J1

 Port city interface 

The Port of Marseille and the firm J1 La Passerelle have signed a Temporary Occupancy Agreement for the old port hall building. The deal will see refinements made to the initial project designed by architect Bernard Reichen, with plans for a four-star hotel, offices, a restaurant, and a maritime careers training centre by 2023.

Nouvelles publications

Work well under way on the Port Lands project in Toronto

 Climate change 

A new valley is being created along a stretch of almost 1.5 km between the naturalized Don River mouth and the inland port. The project is part of a wider reclamation strategy for the site on the Toronto waterfront, which covers several hundred hectares and was once heavily polluted. The strategy will also allow measures to be taken to counter flood risks, and offer new living and leisure areas for residents. A number of meetings have been held, to inform and consult the local population. Waterfront Toronto sees this resilience strategy as its central role, as emphasised by its President and CEO in the organisation’s most recent Integrated Annual Report.

The Star ; The weather network ; 2019-20 Integrated Annual Report

A maritime museum for Melbourne?

 Culture and identity 

The importance of Melbourne’s maritime heritage and its major cultural and economic role are little know. To address this, the City of Melbourne is planning to launch a feasibility study for a possible new maritime museum, notably assessing the long-term financial viability of such a site. The museum could be based at the Docklands, in the same building that houses the “Mission to Seafarers Victoria”. The main stakeholders from the local community would be invited to take part in the project.

➜  City of Melbourne ; Docklands news

Two new facilities at the historic Aapravasi Ghat site in Port-Louis (Mauritius)

 Culture and identity 

An art gallery and cultural space will be created in this important district of Mauritius. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage on the 14th anniversary of Aapravasi Ghat’s being named a world heritage site. It houses the vestiges of an immigration centre for workers who were contracted and no longer slaves.

Republic of Mauritius ; Unesco – Aapravasi Ghat

The Belfast Waterside project gets approval

 Port city interface 

Designed by Henning Larsen, the project covers a 2.6 hectare site on the edge of the Lagan and aims to exploit the river’s full potential to create a bustling meeting place. The plan includes cultural spaces, leisure amenities, shops, hotels, offices and 750 residential units. Some historic features will also be retained.


New development planned for Cape Town’s waterfront

 Port city interface 

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has confirmed plans for “Makers Landing”, an incubator aimed at showcasing South African culture and cuisine. The development represent the next phase of a global project covering the cruise terminal zone. Makers Landing will be built onto the cruise terminal’s departures hall, with a design inspired by 1920s warehouses. It will also maintain the area’s appeal outside the cruise season, and will generate some 150 jobs. Construction has been delayed by the Covid epidemic, but the building is due to open in December 2020.

Biszcommunity ; V&A Waterfront, Makers Landing

Montreal: Lachine marina set for redevelopment

 Climate change 

The marina was seriously damaged by flooding in 2017 and 2019. The city of Montreal has opted to close it this autumn and transform it into a huge urban park. This environmental restoration project is part of the city’s energy transition and climate change strategy. Participatory workshops will be arranged with local residents in 2021, and the development work will then be carried out over a five-year period.


A new floating chicken farm on a basin in Rotterdam


Goldsmith architecture will create a floating chicken farm in Rotterdam. It follows the rules of the circular economy: on the top floor, 7000 hens live under a translucent roof giving them permanent daylight; on the middle floor are operated eggs packaging and waste management; on the lowest floor (under water) is a LED-powered cress farm, using manure as fertilizer. In addition, solar panels provide 100% of the farm’s energy needs.
As the growing lack of space within the city is a tangible obstacle for developing local food production, floating structures can be a part of the solution.



The Port of Seville (Spain) could relocate its cruise terminal

 Port city interface 

Moving cruise activity to a new location would free up space for a marina capable of accommodating yachts and mega-yachts close to the city centre. Originally, the Port had targeted flexibility with a cruise terminal made from recycled containers, a non-permanent solution that ensured the spaces could be re-used for new purposes, as recommended by our Guide of Good Practices. The move represents the start of a new phase for the Las Delicias precinct, which will further enhance the appeal of this port city.

Diario de Sevilla