Siport21 leads two disruptive technology proposals in the First Call for Ports 4.0 (Spain)

Siport21 is the leader in two proposals based on disruptive technology presented to Ports 4.0 Innovation Program, promoted by Puertos del Estado (Spanish Port Authority). Very relevant partners team up for these pre-commercial projects:


Compass project, promoted by the Port of Barcelona, ​​is completed with LIM/UPC (Maritime Engineering Laboratory, Catalonia Polytechnic University – BarcelonaTech). Its objective is to develop a tool to help decision-making in maritime traffic control.

On the other hand, Prestamar follows an initiative from Petronor (an important hydrocarbons and solid bulk operator in the Port of Bilbao) with the collaboration of Tecnalia (the first private Center for Applied Research in Spain and one of the most relevant in Europe) and Petronor Innovacion (a subsidiary company leading the technological and innovative aspects of its parent company). The objective of this project is the optimization of loading/unloading operations.

These two innovative proposals, closely aligned with Siport21 SafePort® concept, are aimed at traffic management and cargo transfer operations carried out in the most intelligent, efficient, safe and sustainable way.

Based on technology for the transformation of the port-logistics sector, they integrate diverse fields of innovation: sensorization, IoT, intensive simulation, artificial vision, advanced information platforms, data analytics and visualization, Artificial Intelligence, …

The proposals include pilot projects in the Port of Bilbao (Petronor maritime terminal) and in several areas of the Port of Barcelona. They combine the descriptive approach (what is happening and what is the cause-effect relationship), the predictive approach (what will happen in the short / medium term, operational alarms) and the prescriptive approach (what should be done to avoid risks and optimize processes).

In the future, both products will be applicable to ports of any type (hydrocarbons, containers, LNG, ro-ro, passengers, …) and will provide great utility to the various port agents involved (Port Authority, Terminal Operator, Maritime Authority, Port Services (Pilots, Mooring, …), shipping companies).

These initiatives are part of Siport21 innovation line and will be evaluated in the coming months by the Ports 4.0 program, promoted by Puertos del Estado and the Port Authorities within the Innovation Plan for Transport and Infrastructures of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.


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