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Challenge / Goal

The main challenge of Living Ports is to create a port that can respond to the current and future challenges of the maritime sector, such as increasing competitiveness, improving efficiency, reducing emissions, enhancing safety and security, promoting social inclusion and participation, and fostering innovation and digitalization. The main goals of Living Ports are to:

  •  Implement a smart port management system that can monitor and control the port operations in real time, using data analytics, artificial intelligence and blockchain.
  •  Develop a green port strategy that can reduce the port's carbon footprint, increase its energy efficiency and use of renewable sources, and implement circular economy practices.
  •  Create a blue port concept that can protect and restore the marine ecosystem, promote sustainable fishing and aquaculture, and enhance the port's resilience to climate change and natural disasters.
  •  Establish a social port model that can improve the port's accessibility, mobility and connectivity, create new opportunities for employment and education, and foster social engagement and co-creation with the local community.
  •  Support a creative port vision that can stimulate the port's innovation capacity, attract new talent and businesses, and generate new value-added services and products.

 The solution is based on a holistic and collaborative approach that involves different stakeholders from the port community, the academia, the industry and the society. The solution consists of implementing various technologies and solutions that can address the specific needs and objectives of each sector and domain. Some examples of these technologies and solutions are:

  • Smart sensors, cameras, drones and satellites that can collect data from different sources and provide real-time information about the port's status and performance.
  •  Cloud computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and blockchain that can process and analyze the data collected from the smart devices and provide insights and recommendations for decision making and optimization.
  •  Internet of things (IoT), 5G network, digital twin and augmented reality that can connect different devices and systems within the port and enable remote control, simulation and visualization of the port operations.
  •  Renewable energy sources, energy storage systems, smart grids and microgrids that can provide clean and reliable energy for the port's activities and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, biofuels and liquefied natural gas (LNG) that can reduce the emissions from the port's transport modes and improve their efficiency.
  •  Waste management systems, water treatment plants, bioremediation techniques and green infrastructures that can minimize the waste generation from the port's activities and improve its water quality and biodiversity.
  • Coastal protection measures, flood prevention systems, early warning systems and emergency plans that can mitigate the risks from climate change.

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Time period

Planning time
More than 5 years


Port Authority of Vigo, University of Vigo

Service providers

Port Authority of Vigo, University of Vigo, Cardama, EcoConcrete, Technical University of Denmark

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