Circle S.p.A. (Italy) and Magellan Association – EU Affairs Consultancy (Portugal) are organising the Docks the Future Midterm Conference titled “Envisioning the Port of the Future: the 2030 horizon”. The conference will be held in Trieste on April 4th, hosted by the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.The conference will be the turning point to present the  project results achieved thus far, validating concepts, topics and targets for the Port of the Future. DocksTheFuture has several main goals:


  • To define the Port of the Future topics and their related targets in 2030
  • To define the “Port of the Future” concept(s),
  • To identify and collect appropriate Port of the Future related KPIs (“Key Performance Indicators”, leading to the “Port of the Future Road Map for 2030” that includes a number of exploitation elements such as tools for the transferability of Port of the Future solutions, R&D and policy recommendations, training packages and the creation of a “Port of the Future Network of Excellence”.


«This Mid-Term Conference will be an extremely important time to assess the implementation of the project and to define what DocksTheFuture could deliver for the development of the integrated European port system for the next decade», Alexio Picco, Director at Circle S.p.A. stated.


The Midterm Conference, with a foreseen attendance of nearly 150 participants, will promote fundamental panels for the future competitiveness of European ports, such as global climate mitigation strategy and the Suez Canal after the recent expansion. Moreover, the Conference will set up a focus about Baltic Sea Region (BSR) transport & logistics foresight study and a general outlook of maritime traffic flows by 2030. Several technical sessions are also planned on technologies, processes and capacity building actions, with the participation of high-level experts in the port domain, including the ones already part of the PORT OF THE FUTURE NETWORK. During the Afternoon Session, a session focusing on Regional Focus about “Ports of Trieste Vision 2030” will be organised, presenting its main EU projects for the development as a “Smart Port” and the ICT Strategy of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.

Docks the Future, beneficiary by the European Commission of a contribution of about 1,2 million Euro, has the main goal of defining the Port of the Future, meant as a near future (2030) which should face challenges related to simplification and digitalisation of processes, dredging, emission reduction, energy transition, electrification, smart grids, port-city interface and the use of renewable energy management.

To join the conference: Registration

Participation to the DocksTheFuture Midterm Conference is free.


The Agenda

08:30 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. Registrations

09:00 a.m. – 09:20 a.m.  Welcome addresses and openings

  • Representative from Port Network Authority of Eastern Adriatic Sea*
  • Alexio Picco – Docks the Future Coordinator (Circle SpA)

09:20 a.m. – 09:35 a.m. Keynote speech

  • IMO’s climate mitigation strategy and the Global MTCC Network (GMN) Project Representative – Anton Rhodes – IMO

09:35 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. State of play and future outlook of maritime traffic flows in 2030

  • Sonke Maatsch – ISL –
  • Alessandro Panaro – The Suez Canal after the expansion or a new scenario for the competitiveness of european ports. A vision about the free zones
  • Representative from University of Turku – Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Transport & Logistics 2030 Foresight study
  • Representative from WATERBORNE

10.15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Technical session – Envisioning the port of the future (I)

Chairman: Peter Bresseler, Port Expertise

  • Port of the Future vision pitch – Docks the Future experts

 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Technical session – Envisioning the port of the future (II): Technologies, processes and capacity building actions

Chairman: Alexio Picco, Docks the Future Coordinator (Circle SpA)

  • PORTCDM – Mikael Lind
  • DIGITAL TWIN – Roberto Reverberi
  • CUSTOMS IN 2030 – Frank Janssens
  • IMO GMN MTCC – Mohammed Asid Zullah
  • CLUSTERS 2.0 – Alice Benini

12:30 p.m. – 01:45 p.m. Lunch break

01:45 p.m. – 02:30 p.m. Projects presentations | Port of the Future Network

  • Docks the Future – Claudia Ribeiro, Docks the Future Dissemination Manager (Magellan)
  • Representative from COREALIS – Georgios Tsimiklis, Coordinating Partner (ICCS)
  • Representative from Port Forward – Christos Papatheologos, Technology Innovation Consultant (Core Innovation)
  • Representative from PIXEL – Benjamín Molina, Deputy Coordinator (UPV Universitat Politècnica de València)

02:30 p.m. – 03:15 p.m. Technical session – Envisioning the port of the future (III): The 2030 Future of Federated Systems


03:15 p.m. – 04:15 p.m. Regional focus

  • “Port of Trieste Vision 2030 – Mr. Zeno D’Agostino, President of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic sea
  • EU projects of the Port of Trieste: several tools for a smart port – Mr. Alberto Cozzi, Special Projects Unit of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea
  • “2030 ICT Strategy of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea – Mr. Ivano Di Santo, manager of the “Area Porto Digitale”, Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.
  • Integrating port and ships through Marine Technology” – Matteo Natali, Wärtsila Italia – Port Business development Unit

04:15 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Closing remarks

*to be confirmed


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About DocksTheFuture

The EU’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). under the Horizon 2020 programme, selected the DocksTheFuture project within the ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ challenge, which includes areas such as aviation, infrastructure, green vehicles and ‘Blue Growth.’The 1.2 million EUR and 30 months’ long project, kicked off in January 2018. Circle (Italy) leads the group consisting of academic partners (the University of Genoa (Italy) and consulting companies (Institut für Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik – ISL (Bremen, Germany) Magellan (Portugal) and PortExpertise (Belgium).Subcontractors: AIVP, the worldwide network of Port Cities AIVP (Association Internationale des Villes Portuaires, Canada) assisting on specific port/city aspects, University of Delft (Netherlands) for the Port of the future concept, Lloyds Register for sustainability issues.

The project focuses on research needed to implement new port concepts, new management models, innovative design, engineering, construction and operation technologies solutions for full customer satisfaction in future ports. The project sets out to refine the Port of Future concepts, topics and their related targets in 2030, identify appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPI), monitoring and evaluation and lead to the ‘Port of the Future Road Map for 2030.’

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