After dreaming up solutions to allow it to treat and stock the waste produced by dredging over the next 30 years, since 2011 the Port has been studying the Vamoras programme for different possible ways of recycling and re-using its "Filter cakes". The programme will be completed next September. The first clues have been unveiled and the results will be watched closely by ports all over the world facing this recurrent problem.
Ports & Harbors
The air quality in Hong Kong is regularly in the headlines, with the finger pointed at the contribution of the maritime sector. The authorities are therefore trying to encourage more companies to use lower sulphur fuels. The measures still do not fully cover the additional operating costs and the "good boys" are complaining about competition distortions. They also call for an emissions control zone to be established which includes large neighbouring ports.
The Transport Minister has unveiled a masterplan to convert Port Sultan Qaboos, the principal port serving the capital, into a dedicated tourism port. Marinas, cruise ship terminals and shops, as well as a hotel, recreational spaces, and exhibition centre on marine life, etc. – a whole new city-port sector is planned. A special structure will be built for the project. The transfer of most cargo activities to Port de Sohar is being studied.
The project, conceived by Mithun, will add more than 6,500m² on either side of Pier 59, where the Seattle Aquarium has been sited for 30 years. The project will form part of the current redevelopment of the whole waterfront.
The laying of the first stone of the Luciline - Rives de Seine eco-quarter has launched the construction of the first housing units and the redevelopment of public spaces. The whole project involves the construction of 1,000 dwellings and 60,000m² of commercial premises on the 9 ha site. Geothermal energy will cover 60% of the heating needs.*
Australia is now the world’s 12th largest economy, thanks principally to its industrial power and its wealth of natural resources. Because it is an island, its trade with the countries of north-east Asia and with its developing neighbours is transported essentially by sea. The maritime sector, however, has historically been underdeveloped. A paradox and a challenge for the country, if it wants to continue to play the part of a "mega supplier".
Moko Architects have put forward an original proposal for the conversion of silos: aquatic diving and skydiving. Their scheme involves some concrete silos situated on the banks of a canal near Warsaw.The project is combined with a tower of containers which hosts offices, training rooms, a hotel, and boutiques. Estimated completion: 2015.
The authorities of the Port of Marseille have set a framework for the Warehouse J1, a symbolic three-storey building. Situated in a place where the Port hopes to open up to the town, it will have the task of illustrating the Port City concept. A call for proposals is to be launched to gather ideas for events, research and services-related activities etc. The port headquarters will be installed there. Superyacht activity will be developed in the harbor as well as on land.
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.
Two recent workshops, in which AVIP participated as part of the seminar on the industrial ecology of port zones, gave the Port of Bordeaux the opportunity to present its initiatives on the topic. The port aims to move towards a new economic model based on green energy and industrial synergies, particularly with its project “PÉÉPOS - Port à Energie et Economie Positives” (“Positive Energy and Economy Port”)
Three spectacular projects have been chosen as the winners of the DawnTown Landmark Miami 2013 competition. The aim is to come up with an architectural landmark that will become an icon on Miami’s waterfront.
Quays and docks are elements of city-port heritage which, like a living port, are in constant evolution. For Léonce Naud, a geographer well known to AIVP members, one must be cautious about declaring a quay obsolete too quickly, and fixing its use through developments for housing or private marinas. He calls for a competition for ideas to define the future of the quays of port-cities in Quebec in the 21st century.
Le Harpa, a concert hall and conference centre on the Reykjavik waterfront, has just been awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize by the European Union. This prize rewards both the architectural quality of the building, the new City-Port link which it creates, and the will of the actors to complete a project in one of the first countries affected by the crisis. This sign of confidence in culture and architecture as an instrument for recovering Reykjavik’s dynamism will be presented at the AIVP Helsinki Meeting.
The announcement of the demolition of the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour courted controversy.The Centre, built by Cox Richardson Architects, was renowned for the quality of its design. Its structure could now be reused as part of the redevelopment programme for the Sydney Fish Market site.
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.
The report of the study into Marine Renewable Energies is now available. After a review of the available technologies, it draws up an inventory of research investigations as well as the industrial and economic challenges linked to the development of this new sector. A schedule, an action plan and recommendations are proposed to promote the industry’s development.
The project «La grande Mosaïque», by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, was selected for the refurbishment of the 600 hectare industrial-port peninsula, «Caen la Presqu’île». Combining denseness, preservation and improved connectivity, it aims to increase the attractiveness of the Grand Caen and its neighouring areas.
After a decline of 2% in 2012, the port of Bordeaux has returned to growth (+13.5%) during the first months of 2013, a year which will also see the drawing up of a new strategic project. Containerization is to take up a prime position, the aim being to double activity by relying on the site of Le Verdon. Rail connections will have to be developed and the river could also become a useful asset for the town’s urban connections. Report
Journal de la marine marchande
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.