The Seville Port Authority (APS) in Spain presented a strategy to advance its digital transformation.

The idea is to tender for a project office to coordinate and prioritize the implementation of the initiatives.

The president of the APS, Rafael Carmona, announced that in 2020 “we will tender for a technical project office that will support us in the digital transformation. This office will be in charge of connecting the project portfolio to the strategy of the Port of Seville and will establish the priority in the execution of these projects and will help us to manage them”.

Likewise, Carmona indicated that “the advice we are going to hire will be incompatible with the development of the technological projects”, as the Office will be in charge of coordinating them, monitoring them and acting as a technological observatory of the Port of Seville.

As regards the projects that the port entity is carrying out, the head of the PSA said that “at present, we are providing the infrastructures with new technologies to optimize multimodality, especially to improve navigation on the Guadalquivir estuary and train transit. Well applied technology will allow us to be more efficient and competitive and to perfect the developments we have in operation today”.

Among the technological developments mentioned are AIRIS I, with which the APS digitizes the Guadalquivir to obtain real-time data to facilitate navigation, and ARIS – Synchro, which integrates the synchrony between maritime and land transport.

In terms of environmental innovation, Rafael Carmona presented the Blueports project, which will implement a pioneering system for managing the ballast water of ships and those attached to the hull. In addition to the APS, 28 partners from all over Europe are participating in this initiative, which has an investment of 2.9 million euros co-financed by the ERDF Interreg Atlantic Area.