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Decarbonisation and digitisation, common strategy of the European ports to boost economic transformation

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Decarbonisation, digitalisation, use of alternative energies, intermodality and drivers of innovation are some of the common strategic axes in the port areas for economic and social transformation following COVID-19, along the lines set out by the European Union in the Green Pact to develop a sustainable economy. The European port system addressed these challenges at the Regatta 2021 Conference which opened this morning in the Clock building of the Port of València with the intervention of Aurelio Martínez, President of the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), Annaleena Mäkilä, President of ESPO and Adina Vălea, European Union Commissioner for Transport.

Aurelio Martínez pointed out that this Conference will provide answers to the major milestones that European ports must face in the short and medium term, such as “the future of ports and Port Authorities in the post-COVID era, the continued development of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN T), the use of alternative energy sources, which, such as hydrogen, will help to achieve the zero emissions objective”.

These goals,” Martínez continued, “can only be achieved if all the parties involved, private agents, institutions and legislators work together and in consensus in the same direction. The issues we have on the agenda are of such importance that only in this way, through the design and development of a common strategy, can they be achieved.  To this end, it is essential that the dialogue between all parties is fluid and continuous. That the Port Authorities are aware of the specific needs of the different links in the logistics chain, that the agents have first-hand information on the regulations and laws that are on the agenda of the European Union and that the legislator considers the reality and the situation of a complex industry to regulate in accordance with this reality”. In this sense, the president of the PAV has highlighted “the magnificent role played by ESPO as a unifying force for European ports and interlocutor with the institutions”.

For Martínez, “a fluid dialogue in which port-city relations play an important role is fundamental. The progressive integration of the ports in the city landscape obliges the Port Authorities to consider the needs and aspirations of the rest of society in terms of safety, quality of life and sustainability. Therefore, just as we must ensure the normal development of port activity as a dynamic element of the economic growth of our business fabric, we must also prioritise management models that allow the ports to coexist in perfect balance and harmony with their environment”.

During his speech, the president of the PAV emphasised that “the effort made by companies, institutions and administrations has been a key element in calming the economic impact of a global crisis whose repercussions would have been much worse without the participation of the ports”.

Strategic role in the economic and social transformation

For her part, the President of ESPO, Annaleena Mäkilä, emphasised that “we are in a time of change and an opportunity for the transformation of the economy and society after COVID-19 where the port areas will play a key role in the economic recovery. Energy transition and digitalisation are two key aspects on which port authorities are working within the framework of the European Green Pact, the European Union’s roadmap for a sustainable economy”.

The EU Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, stressed that “ports are an example of constant innovation and support for the improvement of industrial activity in their hinterland. The present of port facilities is the investment in multimodality, decarbonisation, use of alternative energies and digitalisation to improve the competitiveness of their facilities within the framework of the European Green Pact”.

The Clock Building of the Port of València hosted the first day of the 17th edition of this annual meeting of European ports, where the results of the recent study carried out jointly by Deloitte and ESPO on the future role of the European port authorities were also presented. In the same way, throughout the morning, different experts in the field debated and made an X-ray of the state of the question. The first day of the Regatta conference concluded with the intervention of the MEP Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñeiro.

Under the slogan ‘European ports at the crossroads of transitions’, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is promoting this cycle of conferences, which brings together the most important European ports for three days, to tackle the fundamental role of the port enclosures in maintaining the supply chains during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as their role in the “green” economic recovery and the new “Europe of the 27” after the departure of the United Kingdom.

The event will continue tomorrow from the visitor centre of the North Sea Port of Ghent and will end on the 28th with the session organised by the Port of Oslo from the Clarion Hotel. In all, more than 40 experts will take part to discuss the future of the European ports as driving forces of a strong and resilient European economy and society.

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Damen made a milestone in the construction of the RSD-E Tug 2513

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Damen Shipyards Group has reached a major milestone in the construction of its first fully-electric Reversed Stern Drive tug. The shipbuilder is constructing the RSD-E Tug 2513, named Sparky, for New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland. Recently, Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam installed the tug’s batteries.

This involved the installation of some 2,240 batteries, totalling 2,784 kWh. With this, Sparky will carry out two or more berthing/unberthing operations with up to 70 tonnes bollard pull on a single charge. Following, it will take just two hours for the tug to recharge to its full capacity.

For redundancy purposes, the batteries are arranged in strings. If one battery in a string were to fail, the others would simply carry on the work.

Ports of Auckland placed the order with Damen in August, 2019. The ports’ intention is to be fully zero emissions by 2040. To achieve this, they needed a zero emissions tug.

Work continues on Sparky and Damen anticipates delivery to be end of this year.

Damen, with its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder, was keen to take on the challenge. The shipyards group already has extensive experience in the construction of fully electric vessels. Damen has delivered seven fully-electric Ferries 2306 E3 for the City of Copenhagen in Denmark, and a fully-electric Cutter Suction Dredger 650 for an Australian client.

The shipbuilder is also constructing fully electric ferries for Ontario, Canada; a Road Ferry 6819 E3 & Road Ferry 9819 E3, as well as six hybrid Road Ferries 8117 E3 for BC Ferries, British Columbia, Canada. The hybrid vessels are being prepared for future conversion to full electric. Additionally, Damen is constructing nine waterbuses for Blue Amigo to operate in the Netherlands. Three of the vessels will be fully electric, while the remaining hybrid waterbuses will be prepared for future conversion to full electric. Damen has delivered electric vessels with a total of 20 mW of battery power to date.

The E3 certification is Damen’s in-house developed sustainability accreditation for its vessels. It stands for environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable.

Damen’s strategy is to further develop its existing ship types into electric versions, drawing on proven solutions and combining them with innovation for increased efficiency and sustainability. In addition to the RSD Tug 2513, Damen is also able to electrify its ASD Tug 2813.

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DNV launches new digital EEXI Calculator

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DNV has launched the EEXI Calculator – a digital tool to support customers in ensuring their compliance with the upcoming Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI). The regulation is expected to be adopted at this week’s 76th meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76). If so, the regulation will take effect in January 2023..

The EEXI regulation is a medium-term component of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) roadmap towards reducing global shipping’s carbon intensity by 40 percent over the next decade, using 2008 as a baseline. The aim of the EEXI is to assess the energy efficiency of existing ships, focusing solely on their design. It determines the standardized CO2 emissions related to a vessel’s installed engine power, transport capacity, speed, and degree of energy efficiency. The regulation will be applicable for all cargo, ro-pax and cruise vessels above 400 GT, depending on their propulsion type and whether they trade internationally. DNV estimates that currently, up to 30,000 vessels need to take action to comply with the upcoming EEXI regulation.

“The EEXI is putting a great deal of pressure on ship owners to take immediate action in order to analyse the energy efficiency of their fleet and make any necessary adjustments to ensure compliance,“ said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime. “At DNV, we understand the difficulties the industry faces in meeting this regulatory deadline. This is why we have tailored our new EEXI Calculator to meet this need.”

To help customers ensure they are prepared for EEXI compliance, DNV has developed two pathways.

The EEXI Calculator is purpose made for high volume ship segments such as tankers, bulkers and containers. Customers can access this newly launched tool via the Veracity portal under ‘Fleet Status’. The calculator can produce an EEXI calculation and the technical file based on the data uploaded by the customer.

For more complex cases, and when the customer wants to save time and effort, DNV’s advisory experts can work with customers to map out a pathway to compliance, identify the correct parameters for the calculation, and assist in preparing the required documentation.  “These two pathways are designed to help everyone tackle their EEXI challenges in time to reach compliance,” said Fabian Kock, Head of Section Environmental Certification, DNV Maritime. “For companies with a younger fleet, this may not require major adjustments, they can easily access and prepare the required documentation through our EEXI calculator. And for those who need more support, there is the opportunity to tap into DNV’s extensive expertise as they prepare to make more involved decisions around how their vessels can meet the regulatory requirements and secure EEXI compliance when the regulation comes into force.”

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Kalmar accelerates its product development with cutting-edge 5G private network

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, together with Telia and Telia’s partners Digita and Nokia, has implemented a new stand-alone 5G network for its Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland.

In Tampere, Kalmar has the industry’s largest port automation test field and world-class facilities and laboratories for prototyping, simulation, testing, monitoring and optimisation. Thanks to the private network, Kalmar is now able to develop new integrated solutions for the product development of communication and cargo handling technologies.

“As a pioneer in terminal automation and energy-efficient cargo handling, we want to be at the forefront of utilising the latest technology in our product development. The reliable wireless 5G connectivity will help us develop even more efficient and safer container handling solutions for terminal operations,” says Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions.

The stand-alone 5G network implemented in Tampere represents the latest 5G development and it is one of the first most extensive implementations in the world. The stand-alone network enables utilising all of the latest 5G features, such as private networks, network slicing and highly uniform automation implementations.

Kalmar’s example shows that industrial 5G is now evolving to deliver on the promises that have been placed on the technology. It is great to see that Finnish companies are at the forefront of the world in demonstrating how 5G brings real business benefits through increased efficiency and security,” says Janne Koistinen, Director of Telia’s 5G Programme.

“The state-of-the-art private network is always adapted to the customer’s needs, in Kalmar’s case it means delivering and building the latest network technologies to promote product development,” says Henri Viljasjärvi, Business Development Director at Digita.

A key element in the mobile technology project’s joint research efforts is the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution. The Nokia DAC is an industrial-grade digitisation platform that provides a reliable, secure and high-performance private wireless network with industrial connectors and edge computing capabilities on a cloud-based monitoring system. Nokia Industrial 5G devices are used as a part of the end-to-end solution.

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