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PORTUS Port-City Relationship and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment

LAST UPDATE, July 14, 2021
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Infrastructures, transport, intermodality, logistics


This section will feature work and articles that focus on describing and analysing ports and their effects on the city’s structure and activities. The most important subjects in this section are:
- The role of the port and the city in the logistics chains. Transport, intermodality, terminal, advanced services and port hierarchy and port cities.
-Investments, planning, port development and development of the city. New port maritime technologies and their expected impact on the city.
- Progress, breakthroughs and new models for use in studying subjects that include ports on their syllabuses: Engineering, Architecture, Geography, Economics, Law, Sociology and the city.



CONCA Andrea, RUBINO Simone, SAPORI Enrico


City-Port transportation interactions: a modellistic approach


Studying interactions between transportation system and the territory on which it stands is very complex. This is even more difficult in urban areas. Among the several factors that define the activity system of a city, the presence of a port plays a role of primary importance, particularly when this port has a close relationship with the city “hosting” it. Nevertheless, port-city relationships are not unique, nor the result of a systematic mechanism.

In this paper we studied the mutual interactions between city and port from a transportation point of view. The main aim is to define a flexible methodology to analyze the city-port transportation interactions, ad apply it to a case study. The paper presents a modellistic approach, in which we consider urban demand and port demand, assessing the mutual impacts, and proposing possible solutions and future scenarios. The model was applied to the city of Genoa.

In this paper we provide a brief description of this process. The proposed methodology has provided significant results. It defines a tool for urban strategic planning, with the important advantage of integrating port-area and urban-area, in accordance with recent National and European directives. The methodology proposed can be adapted in other port-city.



City-port relationships; Land-use model; Future scenario.


CONCA Andrea

Civil engineer, PhD, Research fellow, Department of Naval, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (DITEN), Polytechnic school, University of Genoa.



Civil engineer, Consultant, Department of Mechanical, Energy and Transportation Management Engineering (DIME), Polytechnic School, University of Genoa.



Civil engineer, PhD student in Logistics, Transportation and Land Use, Italian Centre of Excellence on Integrated Logistics (C.I.E.L.I.), University of Genoa.


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A rail link from the port of Sines as a structuring element for regional development


A new rail link should serving Sines as a catalyst, together with other regional infrastructure, for the setting of clusters of high value added industries targeted for exports. The Port of Sines can not be seen as a simple place to load and unload cargoes, but integrated into the logistics network which is part and as regional synergies potentiator supported in the world supply chain. In this aspect, it appears crucial to create conditions to Sines to reach the flows of goods with origin / destination in Extremadura and in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, which optimise the competition with Algeciras and the Iberian hinterland, and that the current Iberian gauge rail be eliminated. So the substantive concern about the port of Sines should obey the logic of regional development scope instead as a simple transhipment hub.



Sines; Freight Railroads; Intermodalism; Regional Development.



Senior Officer, Corporate Development & Strategic Department, Metropolitano of Lisbon

University Institute of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL.


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