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Capacity with a pOsitive enviRonmEntal and societAL footprInt: portS in the future era

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - COREALIS (Capacity with a pOsitive enviRonmEntal and societAL footprInt: portS in the future era)

Reporting period: 2018-05-01 to 2019-10-31

COREALIS proposes a strategic, innovative framework, supported by disruptive technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, next generation traffic management and emerging 5G networks, for cargo ports to handle upcoming and future capacity, traffic, efficiency and environmental challenges. The proposed beyond state of the art innovations, target to increase efficiency and optimize land use, while being financially viable, respecting circular economy principles and being of service to the urban environment.

The innovations will be implemented and tested in real operating conditions in 5 Living Labs, namely Piraeus port, Valencia port, Antwerp port, Livorno port and Haminakotka port


These port-driven technological and societal innovations are tailored to realize COREALIS high level objectives, which are focused on:

Embracing circular economy models in its port strategy and operations.

Reducing the port’s total environmental footprint associated with intermodal connections and the surrounding urban environment for three major transport modes, road/truck, rail and inland waterways.

Improving operational efficiency, optimizing yard capacity and streamlining cargo flows without additional infrastructural investments.

Enabling the port to take informed medium-term and long-term strategic decisions and become an innovation hub of the local urban space.

The aforementioned objectives will be fulfilled through the implementation of a 3-step ‘Stakeholder driven approach’ methodology, which starts with the identification of port requirements (technical, operational, societal, environmental, legal, security etc.) (Phase 1), it continues with the technical design and development of COREALIS innovations (Phase 2), and it ends up with COREALIS Innovations Impact Assessment and Living Labs (LLs) full-scale implementation (Phase 3).
During the first reporting period of the project (M1-18) the project partners managed to engage port-city stakeholders and hold five focus group sessions, one for each Living Lab. Through the focus group meetings, literature review, interviews and an online questionnaire answered by more than 100 respondents, the user requirements for COREALIS innovation were extracted and documented.

The relative KPIs were identified and baselines and target values were set in order to make the effect of the innovations measurable.

The alpha versions of COREALIS innovations were developed based on these requirements and delivered to the relative ports for testing. Benchmarking tests were defined and the first performance reports were delivered.
COREALIS is expected to advance in predictive analytics for dynamic port asset management, process modelling and optimisation for efficient ‘pit-stop’ operations, improve resource sharing among port stakeholders and optimise port specific operations.

A Port of the Future Serious Game will be developed to raise awareness of port authorities and policy makers in a fictional surrounding thus providing support to the creation of tailor-made port plans and involve related stakeholders.

COREALIS Innovations are expected to have the following socio-economic impacts:

Reduction of impact on climate change and the environment of port activities
Reduction in port operational and infrastructural costs
Improve the logistics efficiency and optimise the supply chain
To enable better integration of the port in the surrounding socio-economic area, including city-port relations and the smart urban development of Port Cities
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COREALIS Innovations Disk