DocksTheFuture workshop with experts took place in Porto, on the 29th and 30th of October.
The workshops were hosted by APDL (Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo) in the Port of Leixões. Special thanks to all the experts who have travelled to Porto to engage in fruitful discussion and to the representatives of the Port of The Future projects PortForward Project, COREALIS_EU and PIXEL PORTS!
The event was a great success! The participants were from different sectors of maritime transport and port. It aimed at getting the vision, sharing knowledge and ideas about the Port of The Future: the DocksTheFuture project. The experts were from Maritime & Mediterranean Economy Department at SRM, Hellenic Institute of Transport , the Baltic Ports Organization, Fraunhofer IFF’s Digital Innovation Hub, ALICE, PIXEL Ports Project, Delft University of Technology, University of Genova, Port of Barcelona, Kühne Logistics University (KLU), Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport, PIXEL, Irish Maritime Development Office, KEDGE Business School, and so on.
This event marks a milestone of the DocksTheFuture project: indeed it is an ambition of the project to define the challenges and opportunities for the Port of The Future. Therefore, after having conducted a desktop analysis of what Ports might look like in the near future, it is undoubtedly, essential to validate those conclusions with those who are on the field and have unquestionable expertise on the subject matter.
1- Digitalisation and digital transformation
4-Infrastructure, means of transport, and accessibility, and
5-Competition, cooperation, and bridging R&D and implementation
The closing of the event by Prof. Valente de Oliveira. How do initiatives like the China Belt Road Initiative will influence the model of the ports in Europe?
DocksTheFuture, beneficiary by the European Commission of a contribution of about 1,2 million Euro, will define the Port of the Future, meant as a near future (2030) which should face challenges related to simplification and digitalization of processes, dredging, emission reduction, energy transition, electrification, smart grids, port-city interface and the use of renewable energy management.
Along with the long-term experience of its professionals in European projects, Circle will lead a working group consisting of academic partners (Institut für Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik – ISL in Bremen, Germany and University of Genoa, Italy) and of consulting companies Magellan (Portugal) and PortExpertise (Belgium). The proposal will address a preliminary research on the Port of Future concept, the definition of several Port of the Future topics to be addressed and their related targets in 2030 and a preliminary list of projects that could be potentially clustered together with the RIA (“Research and Innovation Actions”) retained proposals.
In particular, DocksTheFuture will:
The main work packages of the project are:
The Project – started in January 2018 and run for 30 months until June, 30th 2020 – will provide also for a Communication and Dissemination Plan addressed to all TEN-T Core and Comprehensive Ports and main port stakeholders.
With this Project, indeed, the European Union aims to increase the integration of maritime transport and TEN-T Ports into the global logistics chain. In this respect, it should be pointed out that maritime transport is an essential element in supporting Europe in maintaining its Number 1 position in global trade.