A very successful and well-planned kick off meeting took place in Genoa on 15thand 16th January 2018.

DocksTheFuture, which is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme, consists of defining 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.

All five partners (Circle, University of Genoa, PortExpertise, Magellan and the Institut für Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik – ISL ) have met in the historical Genoese University branch of Via Balbi 5.

The first day of the meeting was marked by an intense schedule. Once completed the partners’ mutual introduction and the welcoming address by the Project Coordinator (Alexio Picco), the day has been intensely dedicated to the Technical Management Committee.

During the afternoon session, Mr Sergio Escriba (Project Officer at European Commission), explained the role of DG Move and the main differences between DG Move and INEA, stressing the matter of the main DG Move’s  expectations from the project as well as giving useful insights into several features of the co-funded project from both the organizational, administrative and strategic point of views: the importance of accuracy in reporting and in deliverables submission as well as how to manage subcontracting and payments.

These two days kick-off meeting marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration within the DocksTheFuture project.