News – ECOPORTIL – March 6, 2020 The ECOPORTIL project, in which Frederick Research Center in Cyprus is a key partner, was officially presented in Limassol on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Head of Marine Environment Unit of the Shipping Deputy Ministry of Cyprus, Ioannis Efstratiou, initiated the presentations with a review of ‘Environmental Obligations of Ships within Port Areas’.
Dr Demetris Kletou, Director of Marine & Environmental Research Labs (MER) followed with his presentation on ‘Understanding air and water pollution, Environmental Management of Ports and Surrounding Areas’. The Research Coordinator of Frederick University’s Department of Maritime Transport & Commerce, Mrs Carol Bailey, presented the ‘Objectives of the ECOPORTIL project’. The final presentations regarding the ‘Education program’ of the project were presented by Dr Anna-Maria Kotrikla, Assistant Professor from the Department of Shipping, Transport and Trade, University of the Aegean and Dr Emmanouil Nikolaidis, Assistant Professor from the Department of Maritime Transport & Commerce, Frederick University. The open forum attracted the interest of industry professionals, such as employees and managers of shipping and ship management organisations, research organisations, as well as participants from the local Academia and a number of students in related fields. Briefly, the project aims at enhancing environmental protection of areas surrounding ports and coastal areas through the development of innovative learning tools for legislation in the context of the Europe 2020 Sustainable Blue Development Strategy. In particular, it seeks to improve the environmental quality of ports and coastal areas by enhancing their sustainability, through the use of innovative tools and methods to train the stakeholders as a mean of preventing pollution and protecting marine life. This project is expected to benefit the Port Authorities, the Coast Guard, the Shipping Industry, the Transport Sector, as well as port-related positions that in various ways are affecting the coastal environment. The project has a total budget of €850,567.41 and is funded by the Interreg V-B Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 Transnational Cooperation Program, which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the National Funds of the participating countries. The project is coordinated by the University of Ioannina, while other partners, in addition to Frederick Research Center, include the University of the Aegean, the Bulgarian Port Infrastructure Company, the Bulgarian National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Bulgaria. The partners in the project are: UoI – University of Ioannina (lead partner), UAEGEAN- University of the Aegean, BPICo- Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, NIMH-National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Bulgaria), Frederick Research Center (Cyprus) and AIT– Institute of Transport (Albania). Source: ECOPORTIL