Date: August 7
The Port of Barcelona, recognized as one of the main economic engines of the region, is taking giant steps towards sustainability and innovation. With the firm intention of becoming a benchmark for a green port worldwide, the Barcelona Port Authority has undertaken three innovative actions within the framework of the Pioneers project.
This project, whose main objective is to promote modal change and guarantee the optimized movement of vehicles, ships and containers, is a clear sign of the port's commitment to sustainability and efficiency. One of the outstanding initiatives is a platform promoted by the RACC, designed so that cruise passengers can move around the city in a simple and sustainable way. In addition, a 5G project is being worked on that will allow the location of ships by transmitting images of the docks. Finally, the "Containers Transport Forecast" prediction model promises to improve the efficiency and planning of container transport flows by truck, based on the movements in and out of Portic.
The Pioneers consortium, which has 46 members and is led by the port of Antwerp, has a five-year term to develop its objectives, having started at the end of 2021. Thanks to funding from the European Commission, the Catalan port has received a grant of more than 407,000 euros for their pilot projects. These projects cover a total of 28 actions to be carried out in the consortium's ports, which include Antwerp-Bruges, Venlo, Konstanz and, of course, Barcelona.
Barcelona, with its vision of the future and commitment to innovation, will integrate the knowledge acquired from four pilot actions that will initially be tested in Antwerp-Bruges. Among the most outstanding initiatives is the "NextGen District - Innovation hub", an innovation hub that will promote the development of the Barcelona BlueTech Port. In addition, work is being done on a multimodal connectivity platform that will identify the connection options between the port and its area of influence, and this knowledge will be integrated into the PortLinks intermodal connectivity platform.
One of the biggest challenges is the modal shift in port worker posting. Currently, 37,000 workers commute daily to the port of Barcelona, and it is essential to find efficient and sustainable solutions for this constant flow of people. On the other hand, the "Digital Twin" is an expansion of the existing system in the Belgian port that seeks to improve functionality and adaptability in other ports of the consortium.
Finally, the Port of Barcelona is not only focused on new initiatives, but also shares with the consortium projects that are already being developed or have been completed. Examples of this are the Nexigen project for dock electrification and the Creators project for climate islands.
In conclusion, the Port of Barcelona is at the forefront of innovation and sustainability, constantly looking for solutions that not only benefit its operations, but also the environment and the community in general.