The holistic approach to a smarter, greener and more sustainable port ecosystem

The PortForward Consortium

An excellent network of top-level EU research organizations,
key ports, industy and educational partners.

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and
Automation IFF, Magdeburg, Germany

The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF is an independent research institute geared toward production engineering in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with an explicit focus on human-centered manufacturing. It is a research provider and systems and technology partner to major industry and small and medium-sized enterprises in manufacturing and service sectors as well as the public sector.

Acciona Construcción S.A.

Acciona Construcción is a leading European construction company designing, constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and a total turnover of 2,267 M€ in 2016, employing more than 9,000 people. It is part of Acciona Group, whose business lines are Energy; Construction, Water & Services  and other activities such as Concessions, Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Logistic and Transport (which includes the shipping company Trasmediterranea). Acciona’s business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of
the company’s efforts and commitments received in 2009 the recognition for Corporate Sustainability of the EU
Business Award.

Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre
Department involved: imec.IDLab

Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (IMEC) is a Belgian not-for-profit research and Technology organization (RTO). imec vzw (headquarters Leuven, Belgium) is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. As of October 1st 2016, iMinds, the digital research and incubation center hasmerged with imec into one high-tech research and innovation hub for nanoelectronics and
digital technologies, under the name imec.  imec’s broadened research and collaboration offering makes it a
unique and world-class research center in the field of nanoelectronics, excelling in software and ICT expertise.
The broadened innovation center – which will operate under the imec name – will use this knowledge to develop
disruptive technologies and solutions in application areas such as manufacturing and logistics, health, smart cities
and mobility, and energy.

Brunel University London

Brunel University London has about 14,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. With a turnover of more than £190 million, the University is a Higher Education and research establishment with considerable intellectual, financial and social resources and makes a major contribution to the economy and community of the West London region. It also plays a significant role in the higher education scene nationally and has numerous national and international links and partnerships with both
academia and industry. The volume of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research carried out at Brunel
UniversityLondon has increased by more than half in the past six years, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.


LEITAT is a Technological Center, member of TECNIO and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, that aims to collaborate with companies and institutions by adding technological value both to products and processes, and focuses its activity on research, development and industrial innovation (R+D+2i). As Technological Partner, the Center is clearly committed to adaptation to transform the technological challenges into economic and social value.


TeamViewer focuses on cloud-based technologies to enable online remote support and collaboration globally. To thrive now and in the coming years, businesses and individuals need remote desktop support, remote access, and online collaboration to be able to connect worldwide. TeamViewer is at the forefront of that innovation.

We believe that wonderful things happen when people get together, and technology should make this possible for them from anywhere in the world. It should act as a catalyst to promote and amplify people’s ideas and their ability to solve issues and overcome challenges.

People have collectively used the technology from TeamViewer in billions of instances where distance and time would have otherwise prevented them from accomplishing their goals.


Core Innovation and Technology OE (Core Innovation) is a start-up company established in 2016 with a vision to become one of the most important innovation-intensive company in the region of South-East Europe. CORE’s expertise is based on the experience acquired by its founding members through the years. CORE’s mission includes the following:

  • Innovation Management: A 5-step strategy to secure market success and timely delivery of the developed
    technologies. Understanding both technology and market is a prerequisite for success
  • Technology: Data processing and Mining, Modeling & Simulation, Decision support algorithms, Neural Networks,
    Fuzzy Logic based techniques, Optimization techniques
  • Training and mentoring: Training by experience and interactive sessions. Learn about Access to Finance,
    Innovation Management and Business Models through gaming and active interactions
  • Communication Strategy: Deliver the message in a comprehensive way. We identify the target audiences,
    set the objectives and the budget and assess the process.

Port Authority of Vigo

The Port Authority of Vigo is a Public Entity, with competences related to navigation, port services and works in the Port and Bay of Vigo. This means the management and control of traffic port, goods and passengers, tariffs, concessions, safety, security and environment issues in relation with the port activity. The port authority of Vigo, as port manager, sets as a priority within its strategic framework, the objective of developing a sustainable port management, linking the port’s social and economic development to environmental and security protection and assuming the defense of the environment.


By Royal Decree 1590/92, of 23 December, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands was assigned to the management of the ports of Palma de Mallorca, Alcudia, Mahon, Ibiza and la Savina. Also, in agreement with the established law, Councils of Ports and Navigation are set up in each one of the ports that it manages, with the functions of assistance and collaboration. A single port authority can assume the management, administration and operation of more than one port under state authority within an Autonomous Community. This is the case of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands, which manages five of the ports, considered ports of general interest in the archipelago, by Law 27/1992. These are the ports of Palma and Alcudia in Majorca,
Mahon in Menorca, Ibiza, on the island of the same name and la Savina in Formentera.

Autorità di Sistema portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale –
Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority System

The Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority System has been established with Decree no. 169/2016, regrouping the commercial ports of Livorno, Piombino and the smaller ports in the Elba island and Capraia. This public body is in charge of developing and planning port areas and port related activities, and it is not directly involved in managing port operations. The Port Authority is a community
manager of outmost importance, controlling port operations and promoting innovation in the field of port economics.
As a consequence, a specific Innovation and Development department has been set for fostering cutting edge technologies
and collaboration with research centres in relation to port issues.

MAR.TE. Sea-Land Logistics

MAR.TE. is a limited liability R&D consortium set in June 2013 by a private-public partnership with the goal to promote and manage R&D projects in the sea-land logistics. The members of the consortium are the following: Grimaldi S.p.A., Vitrociset S.p.A., Magsistem Srl, Air Support Srl, CORISA, Sudgest, Eligite Srl, CNIT, Parthenope University of Naples, Officine Navali Italiane S.p.A., ITSLAB S.r.l.

Kristiansand Havn KF

Kristiansand city was founded in 1641, and soon developed into a booming city of trade and commerce. The close distance and safe shelter to key European markets became one of the most distinct characters of the city of Kristiansand, and still is one of the most important competitive advantage the City of Kristiansand enjoys. A large part of the regional industry today is connected to offshore and trade activity, all depending on efficient port services. Due to major companies and leading actors of both import and export, The Port of Kristiansand enjoys a trade balance of import and export, ensuring efficient cargo handling. The most important operations are with container ships and ferries.

Magdeburger Hafen GmbH

The first parts of the inland port of Magdeburg date back to the year 1893. Since 1992 the several port terminals are kept together in the Magdeburger Hafen GmbH. The overall turnover per year in the three current trimodal port sections is more than 4 million tons. Besides the traditional port activities of load/discharge, storage and distribution the Magdeburger Hafen GmbH also provides integrated transport solutions and management and manages and markets local economic areas and infrastructures.