15/02/2015

Low impact on air quality a key factor of port cometitiveness

MarInA Med took part to the CAIMANs project meeting “Mediterranean ships, ports and cities” (Mediterraneo: navi, porti e città), celebrated in Genoa last 10th of February 2015.

All the CAIMANs partners - ARPAV (Lead Partner), CSIC-IDAEA of Barcelone, Air PACA Marseille and Aristoteles University of Salonica and University of Genoa-  took part to  the 3rd Meeting of the CAIMANs project, but were also invited other Med Maritime Projects which focus their studies on the thematic of ports. 

During the meeting projects share their preliminary technical and scientific results of ports activities impact on air quality and it was the occasion to share different methodologies and approaches, as also was the occasion to discuss synergies and complementarities between the different project approaches. In particular it was outlined the complementarity among the studies of CAIMANs and POSEIDON projects which focus mainly on the harmonisation of the air quality monitoring. Other synergies were indentified with SMART-PORT project which focus mainly on the definition of key factors of port competitiveness in the operational, energy and environmental aspects

The meeting among CAIMANs, POSEIDON and SMART PORTS projects was an interesting exercise to impulse an integrated vision of port activities’ environmental impact. During the discussion was outlined the importance to make a link between the port emission to air with other environmental indicators as the wastes and water management for example, or the leaks and spills of polluting substances at sea, all considered as key factors of competitiveness on the environmental domine within the SMART-PORT project. Projects shared also their results and reflections to prepare their participation to the Mid Term Conference of the Maritime Integrated Projects organized by the horizontal project COM&CAP MarInA Med, within the framework of the project’s capitalisation activities.

In the framework of the Integrated Maritime Call of the Med Programme, this meeting represents the effort undertaken by maritime projects toward integration and it demonstrates the shared interest of projects in working for an integrated approach on maritime issues. In this sense the work of the horizontal project COM&CAP MarInA-Med, which take care of the communication and capitalization of the 13 projects of the Med Maritime Call, is focused to create the sharing platform able to impulse and facilitate the creation of these synergies among projects. 

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