Defining the concept of “Port of the Future”
DocksTheFuture will receive, from the European Commission, a contribution of about 1.2 million Euros, to define the Port of the Future, meant as a near future (2030), which should face challenges related to simplification and digitalisation of processes, dredging, emission reduction, energy transition, electrification, smart grids, port-city interface and the use
of renewable energy management.
Considering the long-term experience of its staff in European projects, Circle leads a working group consisting of academic partners (Institut für Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik – ISL in Bremen, Germany and University of Genoa, Italy) and of consulting companies Magellan (Portugal) and PortExpertise (Belgium). The proposal addressed a preliminary research on the Port of Future concept, the definition of several Port of the Future topics to be addressed and their related targets in 2030 and a preliminary list of projects that could be potentially clustered together with the RIA
(“Research and Innovation Actions”) retained proposals.
In particular, DocksTheFuture:
Refines and tunes the Port of Future concepts, the Port of the Future topics and their related targets in 2030 and the list of projects to be clustered together with the PortForward, PIXEL and Corealis projects
Identifies appropriate KPIs (“Key Performance Indicators”) and relevant monitoring and evaluation of action results
Leads to the “Port of the Future Road Map for 2030” that includes a number of exploitation elements, such as tools for evaluation and transferability of Port of the Future solutions, R&D and policy recommendations, training packages and the creation of a “Port of the Future Network of Excellence”.
DocksTheFuture Project – which started in January 2018 and will run for 30 months until June, 30th, 2020 – entails a Communication and Dissemination Plan addressing all TEN-T Core and Comprehensive Ports and main port stakeholders. DocksTheFuture will contribute to the European Union’s policy to increase the integration of maritime transport and TEN-T Ports into the global logistics chain.