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Smart Ports 2021: Collaborating To Design More Innovative, Sustainable And Inclusive Ports

Smart Ports 2021: collaborating to design more innovative, sustainable and inclusive ports

Source: Barcelona Port
The energy transition, digitalisation, the blue economy and collaboration between ports and cities will be some of the themes on which this year’s edition of Smart Ports: Piers of the Future, to be held on 16 and 17 November, will focus – October 15, 2021 The President of the Port of Barcelona, Damià Calvet, and the Director of Innovation and Business Strategy, Emma Cobos, today
presented the third edition of Smart Ports: Piers of the Future, an initiative of the Port of Barcelona with the collaboration of some of the most prominent ports in the field of innovation, which will present some of their most innovative projects: Anverso, Busan, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam. The event will also include the participation of the ports of London and Gothenburg, which will present their experiences in energy transition and multimodality, respectively. Smart Ports: Piers of the Future will focus this year on the five attributes that must characterise an advanced and competitive logistics hub, according to the Port of Barcelona’s IV Strategic Plan 2021-2025: SMART (sustainability, multimodality, agility, resilience and transparency). The President of the Port of Barcelona stressed that “Smart Ports has established itself as a meeting point for the world’s leading ports in innovation and that they share with us the idea that this innovation must be sustainable, open and collaborative”. Damià Calvet explained that “Smart Ports is held within the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress and is one of the two sponsors of its Agora, making it easier for the Smart City programme to also talk about smart ports”. In this sense, Damià Calvet recalled that Smart Ports is an example “of how those responsible for the most innovative ports in the world – corporate leaders, public representatives, entrepreneurs, experts and academics – can collaborate, share experiences and best practices and learn from each other to move forward together in decarbonisation, digital transformation and the design of more resilient, competitive and inclusive infrastructures”. The Port of Barcelona’s Director of Innovation and Business Strategy, Emma Cobos, emphasised that the nine projects to be presented this year “combine innovative and sustainable solutions aimed at making maritime transport and port operations more competitive while also working to reduce their impact on the environment”. Emma Cobos then recalled that “the port-city relationship and the development of the blue economy will also feature in the Smart Ports 2021 programme” and highlighted the presentation of the HyperPort project, dedicated to the application of hyperloop technology, devised by the aerospace company SpaceX, in the transport of goods. In the case of the Port of Barcelona, the two projects chosen to be presented at Smart Ports: Piers of the Future are an innovative geolocation solution based on 5G technology and artificial intelligence and the first pilot test of an energy community to be carried out in a Spanish port, the Muelle de Pescadors energy community, which aims to produce renewable energy to cover the consumption needs of both the dock itself and other users. This is a pilot project for shared self-consumption of renewable energies, optimising consumption at the Moll de Pescadors. In addition to the projects to be presented as part of the Smart Ports programme, the Port of Barcelona will also participate in the Smart City programme with a conference by the Deputy Director General for Innovation and Business Strategy and the Port of Barcelona and former President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, Santiago Garcia-Milà, on how the new economy and environmental regulations are setting trends in ports around the world; and a session on innovation with the 3D Incubator and BCN Tech HUB. Smart Ports: Piers of the Future will be held in the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress. The event can be followed online, in streaming format, at: Previous editions were a success in terms of participation: Smart Ports 2020, which was exclusively virtual, received more than 5,700 unique users and 20,000 live visits from 94 countries. This year, the forecast is to exceed 6,000 unique users and attract more people from all over the world. Source: Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona)

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