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During the European Maritime Day 2019, in Lisbon on May 16-17th, DocksTheFuture has organized a workshop entitled: “What’s next for green and sustainable ports”, with the participation of 50 attendees.

The workshop ensured a European dimension by showcasing the innovations and perspectives for the sustainability of ports, engaging the participants in debate through online tools (Sli.do), aiming at showcasing practical solutions/good practices, as well as deliver actionable conclusions. The two main guiding themes of the workshop were, on the one hand, the creation of flexible IoT solution to reduce environmental impact and optimize operations of small and medium-sized ports and, on the other hand, the development of sustainable business models. The objective was to bring together different perspectives on the discussion of the conceptualization of the port(s) of the future by 2030 in all dimensions related with climate change, circular economy and sustainable business models, involving, ports researchers and policy-makers.

The discussion panel, moderated by Ana Raposo (Magellan), was the following:

  • Michel Leyseele – Head of Sustainable Transition at the Port of Antwerp (Belgium);
  • Angela Carpenter – Researcher at University of Gävle (Sweden);
  • João Costa – Project Exploitation Manager XLAB (Slovenia), on behalf of H2020 PIXEL Project;
  • Lucía Calabria Tasa – R&D Project Manager at Fundación Valenciaport (Spain).

 

 

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'AIDAnova’

The ‘AIDAnova’ during bunkering. Credit: Port of Barcelona

 

The first cruise ship in the world powered by LNG has undergone bunkering at the Port of Barcelona as it continues to seek sustainable operations.

Carnival Corporation subsidiary AIDA Cruises fuelled the 337m long AIDAnova for the first time in the Mediterranean with LNG.

Mercè Conesa, president of the port, said he was pleased “in finding that the sector, and in particular Carnival Corporation, also share the vision of the Port of Barcelona and work to protect the environment and promote sustainability in the cruise industry. “

The port is developing pilot projects that demonstrate and promote the viability of LNG as a mobility fuel, both for boats and for trucks and terminal machinery. These initiatives are outlined in the port’s Improvement Plan for Air Quality, ​​which aims to minimize the impact of port activity in the environment.

Source: GreenPort

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The Docks the Future Midterm Conference titled “Envisioning the Port of the Future: the 2030 horizon, took place today (4th April) in Trieste, hosted by the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, counting with over 100 participants.

 

 

The conference represented the turning point to present the project results achieved thus far, validating concepts, topics and targets for the Port of the Future.

The Midterm Conference began with a warm welcome from Zeno D’Agostino, President of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea. The Conference held panels on the future competitiveness of European ports, including topics such as global climate mitigation strategy and the Suez Canal after the recent expansion. The Conference set up a focus about Baltic Sea Region (BSR) transport & logistics foresight study and a general outlook of maritime traffic flows by 2030. Two inspiring keynote speeches were made during the morning session by IMO’ s Anthon Rodes and DG Move’s Rafal Stanecki, covering IMOS’s climate mitigation strategy and the global MTCC Network (GMN) and the European ports policy and the ports services regulation respectively.

 

The conference continued with several technical sessions 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 (DocksTheFuture, Corealis, PortForward and Pixel). During the Afternoon Session, a panel focusing on Regional Focus about “Ports of Trieste Vision 2030” was organised, presenting Trieste’s various EU projects related to their development to “Smart Port” and the relevant ICT Strategy of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.

 

The conference was an outstanding moment that will contribute for the DocksTheFuture results, with a torrent of ideas, reflections, interpretations, visions and contributions from different stakeholders about what kind of challenges the ports will have to face in the near future and how ports should be prepared for the existing challenges.

The event’s discussions highlighted the multitude of existing challenges for the future of the competitiveness of the European Ports, focusing in 3 different domains – Ports integration, Ports infrastructures and ports integration and hinterlands logistics: simplification, digitalisation and automation of processes, electrification, smart grids, port-city interface, decarbonisation (use of renewable energy management, zero emissions, energy transitions), shipping capacity, environment and sustainability.
The focus of the future will be on the development of new technologies and services, research and innovation, processes’ capacity building, new business models, governance and funding, with one final objective, the future competitiveness of the European ports.

 

Here is the link where you can download all presentations:

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/32f52b5001d330e3c05036d3b194995020190408085009/d64b4881cefa6851c06db29a9e33aff520190408085009/ca8688

 

Below are some pictures taken from the MidTerm Conference:

 

       

 

      

 

      

 

     

 

     

 

      

 

           

 

      

 

      

 

     

 

      

 

      

 

     

 

     

 

      

 

     

 

      

 

     

 

 

 

 

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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 (Venue of the event: Molo IV (Trieste Punto Franco Vecchio Magazzino Molo IV – 34143).  Read more »

Let’s talk about Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)! These unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, have already been incorporated into our society for their flawless ability to take exceptional videos and photographs. Nevertheless, global transport and logistics companies are looking to take advantage of their functionalities and the shipping industry is not lagging behind.

Within the contributions that an RPA can already offer to transport operations we have:

  • Inspections of physical structures and patrolling of security rounds;
  • Routine inspections for maintenance of buoys, pipes, docks, breakwater cranes, roof-ships and other structures that are conventionally difficult to access;
  • Stock measurement to calculate (bulk) volumetric mass inventory;
  • Detection of irregular situations, leaks or abnormalities through (thermal and gas) sensors, as supplemental emergency support without the need to expose people to the affected areas;
  • Measurement and control of environmental aspects, detection of contamination and tracking and monitoring those responsible for the environmental breaches;
  • Mapping and surveying;
  • Generating audio-visual records of inspection for the authorities or for historical archives;
  • Among others.

The truth is that RPAs have many positive functions to bring to the port community. It is necessary to recognise that not all functions of these high tech devices are positive, and therefore an airspace overflight control would need to be established and regulated. Ports like Rotterdam, Hamburg or Antwerp have already begun regulating the use of RPAs, and allow for their use in certain operations or for inspections under previously established regulations or approvals. The port of Amsterdam has recently tested the Marine Anti Drone Systems (M.A.D.S). This system gives the port authority the possibility to try to control and protect the airspace in order to avoid violations of private security, terrorist attacks and fly-hacking, among others. It is vital, when taking advantage of these devices, to take security and other potentially negative repercussions under consideration.

One of the most interesting commercial cases of the use of RPAs in port areas cases has to do with the service of the company Willensem in Singapore. The company has been able to obtain test authorisation for an “Agency by Air” with which they intend to supply ships with small spare parts, documents, supplies or even consumables for 3D printers. This system will replace shipments by boat in order to reduce economic costs, lower pollution, and ensure faster and risk-free trans-shipment-delivery.

Similarly Airbotics, a company of Israeli origin, has incorporated the devides into a wide range of services. Some of those are applied to the maritime sector where they control traffic and monitoring in port, and undertake supervision on environmental and health issues, inspection systems and inventory tracking. Together they are supporting the construction of the port project in Haifa through mapping and inspection.

In Chile, APM Terminal works with drones for general supervision operations and risk detention. Their devices have a loudspeaker built into the RPAs, allowing the operator to give directions to truck drivers or other people on the ground.

As a final example we could mention the Balearic Islands Port Authority (APB), which has initiated a pilot programme to control and manage the public port domain by using drones in the port of Alcúdia to supervise port operations and environmental control. Currently they perform a weekly flight operated by a specialized company that provides a video and 750 orthophotos.
When it comes to RPAs and UASs, the possibilities for the shipping industry are endless. Companies have only touched on the surface of the possible applications that could be implemented to maximise productivity of the ports, enforce sustainable regulations within the port borders, and improve overall security. As with all new technologies, however, this comes with additional costs and ethical and security considerations. Ports would need to ensure a risk-free airspace for the drone operations to be successful, and if surveillance is involved, that all parties entering or leaving the port are informed of it. The ports we have listed have already taken a first step towards this incredibly exciting future – and we do not need to wait long for the rest of the world to showcase their applications.

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Written by:

  • Vanessa Bexiga, Operations Manager (Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport)

SOURCE: escolaeuropea

The role of smart start-ups in driving the development of the maritime sector should not be understated, especially with regard to intelligent applications powered by the Internet of Things (IoT).

As highlighted by a recent competition to form the world’s first digital shipping company, launched by IoT specialist Loginno, there is a demand for companies who can bring new solutions to the table.

The Start-Up Space

Of the multitude of start-ups vying for opportunities within the space of IoT and Big Data, many are part of projects designed to leverage their potential for industry-shifting innovation.

These initiatives are often supported by major companies, and in February 2019 satellite communications provider Inmarsat revealed its partnership with two start-up programmes focused on IoT and the optimization of data.

The need for “fresh perspectives”, as argued by Inmarsat’s Senior Director of Digital Incubation Ali Grey, can be served best by new businesses currently breaking into the sector and shaking its very foundation.

IoT is widely viewed as a key pivot for the industry and target for those wishing to instigate serious change; ABI Research has predicted that IoT applications will be able to track over 500 million different assets by 2023, highlighting its potential.

Solutions for Ports

If IoT is tipped to make waves across the global economy, what kind of impact is this movement likely to have on ports, and what role will be played by start-up organizations?

Maciej Kranz of Cisco Systems describes digitization, and especially IoT, as “powerful enablers that forward-thinking port operators are using in order to improve efficiencies”: the benefits of implementing IoT applications to support cargo-handling processes are various.

One of the areas in which IoT can be leveraged most usefully is the management of port traffic, as the data collected from ships, containers and other vehicles entering and exiting ports can produce a holistic overview of cargo movement that provides a transparent and visible basis for optimization.

IoT is also a technology which complements other advanced systems used by port and terminal operators, functioning alongside automated equipment and TOS systems to allow more effective communication between machines and humans, or even machines and other machines.

Although major companies will often be enlisted to oversee the implementation of advanced technologies, which have to be integrated into port operations without causing serious disruption, start-ups will play an important part in delivering new solutions.

Speaking about the position occupied by start-ups at Smart Ports and Supply Chain Technologies 2018, former Managing Director of Port XL Mare Straetmans emphasized the necessity for collaboration between corporations and emerging businesses.

The Future of IoT Innovation

While start-ups are important components of the rapidly growing IoT ecosystem, development is also being driven by academic bodies and government groups exploring its applications for a broad range of industries, including container shipping.

Autonomous shipping, which is quickly transforming from a futuristic fantasy into a reality, is a good example of the technical platform provided by IoT solutions.

A joint-venture involving the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and Aalto Universityis seeking to deploy IoT-powered sensor technology as means of ensuring the safe navigation of autonomous vessels, an innovation which is already being trialled.

However, educational bodies and public institutions are also choosing to collaborate with start-ups on groundbreaking projects like this, with solution provider Fleetrange contributing to this initiative by developing techniques for autonomous navigation.

It is evident then that the insight provided by these young, energetic and, above all else, innovative companies, as well as their ability to cut through the noise of the industry, is fostering an environment that is adapting to evolving demands and becoming increasingly modern. It seems likely that success will follow.

Source: Escola Europea

The world of transport is no stranger to the continuous advances in tracking technologies. Since the invention of the global positioning systems and their implementation in the transport sector in the ‘90s, the need to monitor the placement of individual containers during a shipment has become more common. This was advantageous both to the clients sending the units as well as the shipping lines managing the processes. All parties involved could essentially reap the benefits of tracking shipments during deep and short sea shipping crossings.

In today’s climate, simply tracking the “global position” of the container isn’t enough. It now involves the incorporation of alternative functions designed to benefit the customers. The (now) outdated security seal of the containers has morphed from simply being an evidentiary device aimed to deter theft into an in-situ electronic system that detects vandalism activities. Moreover, just like mobile phones, the E-seal has outgrown its original goal. It has diversified so much that it can be considered appealing for its added value functionalities just as much as for its original purpose.

The world of transport is no stranger to the continuous advances in tracking technologies. Since the invention of the global positioning systems and their implementation in the transport sector in the ‘90s, the need to monitor the placement of individual containers during a shipment has become more common. This was advantageous both to the clients sending the units as well as the shipping lines managing the processes. All parties involved could essentially reap the benefits of tracking shipments during deep and short sea shipping crossings.

In today’s climate, simply tracking the “global position” of the container isn’t enough. It now involves the incorporation of alternative functions designed to benefit the customers. The (now) outdated security seal of the containers has morphed from simply being an evidentiary device aimed to deter theft into an in-situ electronic system that detects vandalism activities. Moreover, just like mobile phones, the E-seal has outgrown its original goal. It has diversified so much that it can be considered appealing for its added value functionalities just as much as for its original purpose.

In 2016 the TRAXENS company in charge of creating hi-tech devices for real-time monitoring has joined forces with CMA CGM to develop a device that complies with many of the aforementioned functions in order to generate Big Data for the different stages of the intermodal transport operations and to improve services for their customers. The device can provide updates on the location, temperature, humidity levels, vibrations, impacts, attempted theft, customs clearance status among others with the additional ability to remotely control functions.

Recently the MSC shipping company has joined the TRAXENS – CMA CGM alliance and has already begun the incorporation of 50,000 “Smart containers” in its operations to offer better visibility, control and monitoring of data for its customers. Moreover, since 2016, Maersk in conjunction with a US-based startup SensorTransport has worked on the development of a Remote Container Management System which offers similar services.

The way transport operations are carried out is constantly evolving, and with the help of the technological inventions, it shows no sign of slowing down. The Smart Containers are proof of that. They not only create significant added value to the customers, but they have (and will continue to do so) greatly contributed to the future of transport, logistics and blockchain through the contribution of Big Data. It will surely be fascinating to see what other solutions transport companies come up with in the coming decades to further modernise and perfect the intermodal supply chain.

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Written by:

  • Vanessa Bexiga, Operations Manager (Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport)

Source: Escola Europea

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The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), an agency of the UK Government, has commissioned a marine consultant to ‘map’ shipping’s value to help underpin the development of port marine plan policies.

ABPmer said that the charting will help underpin the development of both shipping and port marine plan policies Photo: ABPmer

 

UK-based ABP Marine Environmental Research (ABPmer) will undertake the project. It said that the mapping will help underpin the development of both shipping and port marine plan policies, as well as how such policies are considered alongside other marine space users.

Additionally, it is anticipated that the mapping methods will give the MMO a means to develop their evidence base.

Results of the project are expected this summer.

Commenting on the venture, ABPmer’s Chris Jackson, head of data services, said: “We will start with a temporally-referenced spatial data-set of shipping activity across a single marine plan area. Next, we will identify, evaluate and source relevant data to determine trade value. We will then combine the results of the value exercise with the spatial data to create maps showing the value of shipping to specific geographic areas.”

Vivid Economics will be delivering economics analysis support to ABPmer as a subconsultant during the venture.

The MMO is responsible for preparing marine plans in England.

Marine plans guide those using and regulating the marine area to encourage sustainable development while considering the environment, economy and society.

Source:  PortStrategy

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The European Maritime Days will be held in Portugal, at the Lisboa Congress Center on 16 and 17 May 2019. The annual two-day event, during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action, will have the focus on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains.

Within this framework, DocksTheFuture will participate with a workshop entitled “What is next for green and sustainable Ports?” concerning the conference topic “ports and port tech clusters”: organised through the cooperation among DocksTheFuture & University of Gavle, the workshop will ensure a European dimension by showcasing the innovations and perspectives for the sustainability of ports, engaging the participants in debate through online tools, aiming at showcasing practical solutions/good practices as well as deliver actionable conclusions.

The two main themes on which the debate will be focused will be: on the one hand, the creation of flexible IoT solution to reduce environmental impact and optimize operations of small and medium-sized ports and, on the other hand, the development of sustainable business models. The objective is to bring together different perspectives on the discussion of the conceptualization of the port(s) of the future by 2030 in all dimensions related with climate change, circular economy and sustainable business models, involving, ports researchers and policy-makers.

The speakers that will be present at the workshop are:

  • Michel Leyseele – Head of Sustainable Transition at the Port of Antwerp (Belgium);
  • Angela Carpenter – Researcher at University of Gävle (Sweden);
  • João Costa – Project Exploitation Manager XLAB (Slovenia), on behalf of H2020 PIXEL Project;
  • Representative from Port of Gävle (Sweden);

The participation of DocksTheFuture at the European Maritime Days 2019 represents a great opportunity to deal with the strategic partners of the sector, offers to the participants the chance to experience in an interactive way the main themes they deal with and to celebrate in a European context everything that our seas and oceans give us every day.

 

Contact

Cláudia Ribeiro

Communication Manager – DocksTheFuture

Magellan – Associação para a Representação dos Interesses Portugueses no Exterior

cpr@magellan-association.org

 

 

 

 

 

Valencia, Spain – The final meeting of the “INTER-IoT – Interoperability of Heterogeneous Platforms with the Internet of Things” project, funded by the European Commission through the H2020 program, has been held last at the Valenciaport Foundation.

The Inter-IoT project, which has obtained great success in the final evaluation developed by the European Commission, is framed in the interoperability at different levels of the systems of different companies so that data can be exchanged to create new services. This allows integrating the systems of a company in a simple way and without having to make changes.

Specifically, the Valenciaport Foundation has led the pilot developed in the Port of Valencia where some of the products implemented in the project have been demonstrated. Three different scenarios have been defined on dynamic lighting, traffic control, and access, and wind gusts detection, involving the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) and the Noatum terminal, as well as other partners of the project.

Source: Portseurope