Revue PORTUSplus / Call for papers: Governance in Port City Regions

The PORTUSplus review published by RETE, lauches call fopr papers which  aimes at researchers, experts and professionals.. Contributions must be submitted by 30 June. The aim is to explore multiple aspects of City Port governance, which we now know to be crucial to the success of projects involving more and more numerous stakeholders. Carola Hein, which just recently manages PORTUSplus and who also member of the AICP scientic network, coordonnates the call for papers. Continue reading

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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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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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

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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La Rochelle (France), Promotion Saguenay (Quebec, Canada): two more examples of circular City Ports!

In the City Port territory of La Rochelle, a cooperative is aiming to promote carbon credit trading between all economic operators, making CO2 an engine for innovation and the energy transition. The territory is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality in the medium term. Across the Atlantic, unavoidable heat output from the future “GNL Québec” plant at the port could allow other activities to emerge in the territory, such as agriculture.
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Port of Venice develops an intense event calendar to engage younger generations with the port.

The Port Authority of Venice has showed an extraordinary engagement with younger generations, in initiatives raging from play days to theater groups and plastic recycling. The playday 2019 was the final event of a broader port community project for. In this years’ edition, the port authority created a “Venice port square” with several workshops for children to get to know the port. Other partners included disabled sport organizations a local stakeholders. Additionally, a high-school students’ theater group won an award for their interpretation of Otello in the port. Italian ports have shown an increasing sensibility to societal engagement, also visible in the agenda of the ports Trieste, Livorno, Genoa or Naples.

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Seville: the City Port project enters a new phase

The government of Andalucía has given the environmental go-ahead for the site of the planned Sevilla Park, which will host leisure facilities, shops, and an auditorium. Sevilla Park is part of a wider project aimed at creating an urban port district in the far western sector of the port, and will include the development of warehouses and a marina capable of accommodating megayachts, while also maintaining certain port activities such as cruises. Goods activity will be transferred to a new multimodal terminal.

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Mexico: 30% of port profits will go to the cities where they are based under a new law

Under the law, some 150 million euros would have been redistributed to City port relations in 2018. The aim is to improve living conditions for residents by combating urban congestion, mitigating environmental impacts, creating recreational spaces, etc., and create a new virtuous City Port circle. Continue reading

Port of Authority of Halifax in Canada (HPA – AIVP member) is undertaking a public consultation to co-construct with its citizens the future of the port

The online survey is only the latest step on a broader consultation process started in 2016. The Port of Halifax has since discussed and presented the different options to structure its growth, profiting form the expansions of containerized cargo. In the website created for the online consultation, citizens can get first hand information on the different alternatives and take the survey to express their opinion and preferences. Besides information about the planning alternatives, the website also includes didactic material and port terminology to help locals to understand what is been discussed, so they can give a well educated opinion. AIVP has supported this kind of processes, particularly linked to Port Centers. The case of Halifax resonates with goal 4 of AIVP Agenda 2030: Promoting a renewed governance approach.

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