Action Plan towards the Smart port concept in the Mediterranean Area

PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT

The overall SMART-PORT objective is to analyse the situation of Med container ports based on the “smart-port” (SP) trends and to identify the path to be followed in order to enhance the leading role of the Southern European containers ports and to consolidate them as the main entrance door to the great European centres of consumption, rather than the ports of Northern Europe. Thus, decongesting these ports, encouraging the use of maritime transport instead of road one and achieving a well-balanced socio-economic development in the whole EU. SMART-PORT entails the definition of the SP criteria (specifically, the key factors of competitiveness in the operational, energy & environmental aspects) and the current situation of the Med Ports as well as the identification of their competitive advantages and disadvantages taking into special consideration their competitiveness potential. Eventually the project offers an action plan to exploit the existing potential and promote the creation of a specialized network in the MED area.

MAIN MESSAGES

  • Lack of public data, mainly about operational issues and energy management in container ports. The information based on indicators is scarce, and when available is not detailed, real nor updated. Strong resistance to share data or to make it public relative to energy or environmental areas;
  • Zero or limited adoptions of standards (in energy, environment, security), especially as regards voluntary ones such as: EMAS, ISO 28000 or ISO 50000;
  • Human capital constraints with limited human resources or inadequately trained human resources;
  • Constraints in the interface and integration with external stakeholders (public and private) due to the lack of awareness or coordination, limitations in ICT, etc.;
  • Limited technology level and inadequate ICT tools for monitoring and optimizing intra-port operations and energy consumption;
  • Limited waste and air emissions management (excessive and/or untreated waste and emissions in ports);
  • Hinterland connections and inadequate links with roads and rails due to infrastructure issues and ICT;
  • Limited intra-port infrastructures & superstructures (warehouses, container yards, and berth) to support existing and new logistics activities developed in ports, and to open new opportunities to them (e.g. large vessels).

KEY DELIVERABLE

  • MAP OF THE SMART PORT CRITERIA (AVAILABLE HERE)Definition of the criteria that shape the SMART PORT concept. This graphic map shows the features that determine a smart-port including operational, energy, and environmental aspects, "measuring and defining" the real challenge to be tackled by Med Ports in the future.
  • ANALYSIS OF THE CURRENT SITUATION OF MEDITERRANEAN PORTS (AVAILABLE HERE)Knowing the starting point it is essential to plan the future. The analysis undertaken will allow Med Ports to approach and plan their strategies at individual and general level (MED area scope) and will pave the way for future challenges within the frame of the new programming period.
  • MAP OF COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES (AVAILABLE HERE)Detailed description and map of barriers & gaps associated to the different factors that determine the Smart Port trends: this output will lay the grounds to define the future action plan at European level to achieve the Smart Port challenge.
  • STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN TOWARDS THE SMART PORT CONCEPT, AIMED AT EXPLOITING THE EXISTING POTENTIAL AND AT THE SAME TIME, CONTRIBUTING TO THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS (AVAILABLE HERE)This output will provide Med containers ports and the Med Program with a clear set of sound orientations previously agreed to move forward towards the smart port concept emphasizing the following impact areas: operational & energy efficiency, competitiveness & environmental areas.

TECHNICALS HINTS

  • The awareness and training in Med container ports to be more competitive and sustainable, on the operational, energy, and environmental issues;
  • Multimodality, physical & based-on-ICT connections with hinterlands and accessibility, addressing synchronization efforts;
  • Environmental management, highlighting the management of waste & air emissions perception by citizens;
  • Optimization of the use of intra-port infrastructures & superstructures (warehouses, container yard, berth);
  • The integration with external stakeholders & governance;
  • The adoption of international standards to ensure an optimal quality, security, safety, environment & energy management of container ports;
  • Technology innovation for monitoring and optimizing intra-port operations & energy consumption, including the efforts to get a balanced ecologic energy mix;
  • Transparency & visibility of data & management results.

GOVERNANCE HINTS

  • The awareness and training in Med container ports to be more competitive and sustainable, on the operational, energy, and environmental issues Multimodality, physical & based-on-ICT connections with hinterlands and accessibility, addressing synchronization efforts; 
  • Environmental management, highlighting the management of waste & air emissions perception by citizens; 
  • Optimization of the use of intra-port infrastructures & superstructures (warehouses, container yard, berth); 
  • The integration with external stakeholders & governance; The adoption of international standards to ensure an optimal quality, security, safety, environment & energy management of container ports; 
  • Technology innovation for monitoring and optimizing intra-port operations & energy consumption, including the efforts to get a balanced ecologic energy mix;
  • Transparency & visibility of data & management results

SYNERGIES WITH OTHER PROJECTS

  • With CAIMANs and POSEIDON projects: the 3 projects notably co-organised a common event in Genoa last February (“Mediterraneo: navi, porta e città”), bringing together some of the most relevant actors in the sector;  
  • With the CORINTHOS project: knowledge and experiences sharing, to be pursued after the end of the call;
  • With the MERMAID project: close contact, regular feedbacks, and network building up for the upcoming calls.