Lisbon, Portugal (PortSEurope) March 27, 2019 – The Portuguese Ministry of the Sea and FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation), have jointly launched the Bluetech Accelerator, a Startup Program inviting startups to bring innovation to the ports and shipping industry.
Bluetech is looking for bold and disruptive solutions to be developed and piloted alongside world-class partners and contribute to completely reshape the industry.
Ana Paula Vitorino, Minister of The Sea, said, “With this initiative, we hope that we better prepare our Blue Economy to do a new globalization of knowledge and know-how”.
The following issues need to be addressed:
- Process Optimization in Port Hinterland – The concept of extended gateways, rapid container release operations and efficient land-side intermodal forwarding of loading units.
Data analytics for complete vessel situational awareness and real-time information of all critical ships operations and cargo flow.
Security profiling illicit activity at sea, operational risk assessment and dynamic pricing insurance.
- Cargo and Fleet Performance Management – Use of historical data, statistical algorithms and machine learning techniques to avoid port congestions, delays, and other port operational inefficiencies. Use of historical data of vessel geolocation to drive product innovation.
Use of digital twin for ports and vessels allowing ports to create testing scenarios and producing valuable insights from data.
- Future Shipping Connectivity – Enabling ports and cargo to be “connected and linked”. Ship chartering marketplace allowing shipowners, charterers and operators to choose best freight rates according to a placed position and cargo space availability. Voyage optimization, situational awareness for the fleet operator, real-time scheduling and environmental compliance.
- Environmental Sustainability – Reducing port environmental footprint and monitoring air, water and noise pollution through smart technologies. Reducing ship air pollution and, increasing efficiency of ship-generated waste. Use of air drones and micro-satellites. Environmental compliance through early detection of potential hazards; offshore infrastructure maintenance, reducing downtime, repair needs, and required inspection.
Start-ups should submit applications by April 19, 2019, from when the selection process will begin.
Source: Bluetech Accelerator
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