DocksTheFuture (DtF) is a thirty-months running project under the Horizon2020 programme tackling the questions on ‘how does the port of the future look like in 2030 and which challenges the EU port sector has to cope with’. The Midterm Conference in Trieste was hosted by the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea and prepared by the DtF team Circle S.p.A. (Italy), Magellan Association (Portugal), PortExpertise (Belgium), University of Genoa (Italy) and ISL (Germany).
from left to right: Jorge Lara López (Fundación Valenciaport), Alexio Picco (Circle), Eeli Friman (University of Turku), Alessandro Panaro (SRM), Sönke Maatsch (ISL)
The objective of the conference was to present results achieved within the project on topics, targets and challenges for the ‘Port of the Future’ and to gather feedback and input from stakeholders from the port sector on their views on the European ports landscape in 2030. Sessions on technologies, processes and capacity building actions in the morning and a panel session in the afternoon with a regional focus about “Ports of Trieste Vision 2030” were organised to present current and future developments in the port sector. Within this context, ISL expert Dr. Sönke Maatsch provided a general outlook of maritime traffic flows by 2030 with regard to decarbonisation, trends in ship sizes and trade developments.
The project ‘DocksTheFuture’ will run until June 2020 and present its results on a final conference.