Within DocksTheFuture, project funded by the European Commission aiming at defining the vision for the ports of the future in 2030, is born the “Network of Excellence”, gathering the most innovative ports willing to team up and take actions to support the maritime community achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through opportunities given by International funding programmes such as the ones set by the EU Green Deal.
Circle Group – that is already Project Coordinator – through its Connecting EU Business Unit will take care of the technical organization of the Network.
Valencia Port Foundation, Port of Ystad, Port de Barcellona, APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, IMDO Irish Ports, Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Ports System Authority (Ports of Civitavecchia – Fiumicino – Gaeta), Gijon Port Authority and Porto de Aveiro have already joined the Network, in order to develop innovative projects to achieve their sustainable targets.
Open to cooperation with any organization from maritime and logistics interested in making a contribution, the Network of Excellence will offer continuous updates on forthcoming calls for proposals, engaging members in the discussion concerning themes like energy efficiency (e.g. cold ironing, smart grid), alternative fuels (e.g. bio-fuels, hydrogen), sustainable and resilient transport infrastructure system, emerging technologies and digitalisation across the logistic chain, cyber security, innovative financing tools, multimodal transport, city-port relation and circular economy through specific digital channels and platforms such as a dedicated website, news digest and organizing networking digital and physical events with the participation of top-tier experts.