The Moroccan Association for Logistics (AMLOG) is organizing a day dedicated to urban logistics, in Casablanca on the 23rd May. Whether for the social, economic or environmental challenges that they present, urban logistics really are at the heart of decision-making for stakeholders in port towns. They may also affect the city-port interface, putting this subject at the centre of one of the workshops.
The autonomous Port of Cotonou (an AIVP member) has just been awarded a Gold IT Award during the 28th World Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbours for its Port Single Window created by SOGET (also an AIVP member). This acknowledgement demonstrates not only the quality of this project but also the competitive gain that such tools make possible.
Port activities and businesses at the historic port of Lille are being relocated to the south west, leading to a reorganisation of its 21 hectares into three zones: the first zone shall include accommodation, trade and public facilities, inspired by the Lyon Confluence; trade, services and local logistics shall reside in the second zone, whilst the third zone shall hold onto its traditional port activities. In parallel, a multimodal urban distribution centre will aid Lille’s urban integration strategy.
The Jamaican Government has an ambition: to turn the country into a logistic hub for the Caribbean and the Americas. The programme includes the development of ports, particularly that of Kingston, a new airport for freight and special economic zones. The Plan has received the support of the World Bank and the government seeks to increase the number of foreign investors.
World Port Development
As is the case with large cities, the Parisian metropolis faces more and more problems generated by the accumulation of port warehouses, terminals and flows of goods and information in the absence of true regional planning. The revival of interest in river transport and the new industrial context created by the ambitious Grand Paris port project and the Seine Gateway could, according to researcher N. Raimbault, lead to an expansion of efforts to develop Ports of Paris in order for it to become the leader of logistical development in the metropolis.