Numerous public consultations for Waterfront Toronto

 Governance 

We have previously reported on developments with the vast regeneration project for Toronto’s waterfront district. The organisation “Waterfront Toronto” was set up to implement the project for a resilient port in a former industrial port sector, with much emphasis placed on involving the local community. A number of consultations are now under way, concerning the projects in the Quay Side and PortLands zones, and to update the marine environmental strategy laid out ten years ago. The commitment to consultation and co-construction with the public is fully in line with Goal 4 of the AIVP 2030 Agenda!

Waterfront Toronto, Get involved ; Quay Side consultation ; Port Lands Consultation ; Marine Use Strategy ; Port Lands project ; Quay side project

In Spain, a torrent of investment in new technologies and Port-City-Territory connectivity

 Governance, Mobility 

Spain central government has given the green light to a series of innovation plans in the country’s port cities. In Malaga, some 52 million euros has been earmarked for a plan to support the local economy and transfer disused land to the municipality. A similar project to bring the City and Port closer together has been budgeted for in Huelva. The issue of freight intermodality is crucial, and explains why Tarragona is set to invest 330 million euros to tackle the challenge in the coming years. In the same vein, Ferrol is to release 102 million euros in funding to develop its rail links. There is also a focus on the energy sources of tomorrow, for example in southern Catalonia where there are plans for a new platform dedicated to green hydrogen. An approach that combines both economic growth and environmental sustainability is vital for the future of Spain’s port cities. Bilbao is spearheading the trend, with the renewal of its EMAS and EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) certifications. Incidentally, it was the first port in the world to obtain the EPD in 2019, with the help of the leading R&D company Tecnalia. ValenciaPort is also committed to this approach, and has unveiled plans for a new, greener terminal model, 98% of whose energy supply will come from renewable sources.

Spanish Ports (Malaga) ; Spanish Ports (Huelva) ; Spanish Ports (Tarragona) ; Spanish Ports (Ferrol) ; Aguaita ; Portal Portuario (Bilbao) ; Portal Portuario (ValenciaPort)

Agreements and projects to link companies and educational offer

 Human capital 

Linking educational curricula and labour market needs is not easy. For this reason, we see how port and urban actors are creating different program to close the gap and adjust the educational paths to real labour opportunities. For example, the vocational training initiative “FP Dual – Inmersión Portuaria” started this school year in the port of Valencia (Spain) (Youtube), providing high-school students better opportunities for a career in port companies. In San Antonio (Chile), the port just signed an agreement with the Maritime Commercial high-school Pacífico Sur in order to allow the students to learn closer to the industry and makes internships. On a different level, the port of Tarragona (Spain), is cooperating the university Rovira I Virgili in the Master course dedicated to Logisitic Operation Management, as part of the long-lasting relationship between the educational institution and the port. Another cooperation example can be found in Marseille (France), where Euroméditerranée just signed a collaboration protocol with the region and the employment agency. The goal of the charter is to coordinate their interventions and competences, to support local employment creation in the construction sector, anticipating the needs of the future worksites of the second phase of urban redevelopment project.

➜ Fundación Valenciaport (Youtube), Portal Portuario, Spanish Ports, Pole-Emploi