Leixões, Portugal (PortSEurope) March 8, 2021 – The Ministry of the Sea has reported that the ‘Bluetech Accelerator’ program has contributed to the reduction of 13,000 tons of carbon emissions in the business of the ports of Leixões, Douro and Viana do Castelo. “The report on the impact of this program, which was managed by the collaborative innovation consultant Beta-i, is now released and clearly
reveals positive impacts on reducing the carbon footprint (for example, reducing 13,000 tons of carbon emissions in the business of APDL – Ports of Leixões, Douro and Viana do Castelo or up to 40% for Bizcargo startup clients)”, a statement said. At the port of Sines, the estimated carbon reduction is around 7,900 tonnes. Using another viewpoint, Bluetech made it possible to reduce the economic impact of 210,000 euros per vessel per year on the ETE group. In addition, 18 pilot projects were established and five business agreements were signed between ‘startups’ (companies with rapid economic growth potential) and the leading organizations. Four more agreements remain under negotiation. In the document, the Ministry of the Sea also highlighted the technology ‘Bound4Blue’, a sail solution based on an aeronautical project, which enabled a decrease of 640 tons of fuel per year in the set of the two ships analyzed by the ETE group, the equivalent to “eliminate more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions and an economic impact of approximately €400,000 per year. The group’s projections on the pilot with ‘Bound4Blue’ point to an economic impact of €210,000 per vessel per year. Within the scope of this program, the port of Sines and i4Sea have also developed a pilot project to optimize the availability of quays at the ports. “In addition to the potential increase in revenue from the port, there was a cost reduction of around €144,000 per ship, due to the avoidance of waiting due to unavailability of quays”, the statement said. The ETE group, in partnership with Surclean, which is dedicated to cleaning vessels and ships, in turn, “has proven to reduce the associated operating costs by around €29 million”, using laser technology methods. Another example pointed out by the Government is the pilot developed by MariOne, which consists of an alert system for perishable goods in containerized cargo. According to the data provided, the technology has the capacity to generate an annual economic growth of around €500,000 for a fleet. “The ‘Bluetech Accelerator’ program is a pioneering initiative that helped to generate the necessary conditions to boost innovative businesses in the scope of the Sea Economy in Portugal, namely in the areas of research, development and innovation”, explained, quoted in the same document, the Minister of the Sea, Ricardo Serrão Santos. This initiative is part of the ‘Ocean Portugal’ program, developed by the Ministry of the Sea and FLAD, being coordinated by the Directorate-General for Maritime Policy and implemented by Beta-i. This program aims to develop innovation and entrepreneurship in the economy of the Sea. The ‘Bluetech Accelerator’ invited startups and organizations to develop projects to “solve current challenges”, which have an impact on the activity of these entities. In total, 87 candidates from around the world responded, with 11 ‘startups’ selected. The leading organizations (APDL, ETE and APS – Port Administration of Sines and Algarve) developed 18 projects focused on reducing the carbon footprint and operating costs, as well as improving safety conditions. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.