Valenciaport – November 29, 2019
Today, Juan Manuel Díez, Corporate Planning & Control Manager of Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia) participated in the “Waterborne Transport Conference”, held in Brussels and organized by the main stakeholders of the maritime and river transport sector: Waterborne TP, SEA Europe, ECSA, CLECAT, ALICE, FEPORT and the IWT Platform.
The conference, organized to discuss the innovation needs of the sector in order to improve its global competitiveness and contribute to social challenges such as climate change, has brought together representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Member States, the sector of maritime port and river transport, of the academic world, of research organizations, among others.
The first debate has focused on the transformation of maritime and river transport towards a zero-emission mode of transport and the vision of the Waterborne Platform to eliminate any type of emission from the sector with the 2050 time horizon. In that sense, the conference has clearly highlighted the need for coordination and search for different solutions for the maritime and river transport sector. In this regard, the zero-emission maritime and river transport partnership, recently selected within the framework of Horizon Europe, will be a perfect tool for cleaner transport in Europe, including decarbonization of the sector.
The panel discussion on the transformation of port operations by 2050, in which Juan Manuel Díez has participated, has focused both on the decarbonization of port activities and on the integration of maritime and river navigation in logistics chains, such as part of the transfer of cargo from the road to sea transport.
During his speech, Juan Manuel Díez pointed out the importance for the Port Authority of Valencia of the objective of reducing emissions in port operations, which is committed to an energy transition clearly oriented towards alternative and renewable resources, a system-level strategy that advocates the circular economy and an in-depth analysis of the impact of climate change on port infrastructure. For this, the Port Authority of Valencia is focused on the development of a detailed strategic plan that makes this objective sustainable.
In addition, he pointed out that ports must play a facilitator role in the integration of supply chains by driving rail connections with the hinterland. In this sense, the PCS has contributed significantly to this objective and a second wave of digitalization in the Port Clusters has already begun thanks to the potential of technologies such as Blockchain, artificial intelligence or Internet of Things that make possible the integration of the other modes of transport with the maritime mode, finding its link in the ports.
Finally, it has pointed out the importance of a real integration of the city with the port with the support of the citizens channeled through constant and transparent dialogues with all the interested parties opening the port to the cities and explaining the employability and training potential that it offers the sector.”
The final debate has focused on connected and automatic maritime and river transport, as a means to reduce emissions from the sector and as a tool to increase maritime safety and better integrate maritime and river transport in logistics chains.
Next, the Waterborne Platform has presented its technical research agenda, which addresses the technical patterns towards a zero-emission, connected, automated and safer sea transport, while boosting the global competitiveness of the maritime technology sector.
At the end of the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding (MDE) was signed between the European technology platforms Waterborne and ALICE, an agreement promoted by the Valenciaport Foundation as a member of both platforms with the support of their respective executive directorates. The objective of this agreement is to contribute to a better integration of maritime logistics and hinterland, transport services, supply chains and infrastructure. In addition, the MOU will help them explore the contribution of the maritime and river sector and logistics to reducing congestion in port areas, as well as throughout the supply chain.
This agreement has been signed, among others, by the Director of Innovation and Development of the Cluster of the Valenciaport Foundation, Salvador Furió, who is currently a member of the Executive Board of ALICE leading the working group of Corridors, Hubs & Synchromodality, and which chairs the Industrial Research Advisory Group of Port & Logistics in WATERBORNE.
According to Furió, “Port ecosystems are essential to make possible the link between transport modes and create this integrated and seamless transport system. We will ensure that this MOU is properly implemented in our dual role in both ALICE and WATERBORNE”.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia