Smooth Ports : An Interreg Europe Project

Smooth portsThe Smooth Ports project was officially launched on 26th September, in Hamburg. This project aims to reduce CO2 emissions from road traffic at ports, by employing alternative fuels and digital technology.

Led by the Department of Economics, Transport and Innovation of the City and State of Hamburg (Germany), the project membership comprises the Association for the Promotion of the Port of Hamburg, the North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority (Livorno, in Italy), Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port, the Town of Monfalcone (Italy) and the Region of Varna (Bulgaria) for the Interreg Europe operational programme focussing on the "Towards a Low-Carbon Economy" priority.

For Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port, the first objective of the Smooth Ports project is to determine the volume of CO2 emissions generated by road traffic flows in its port areas, then to assess the available levers for action. In collaboration with the stakeholders, companies and local government agencies involved, the project will notably serve to identify new economic activities associated with alternative fuels or with the smart management of transport flows.

Begun on 1st August 2019, Smooth Ports will finish its first phase on 31st December 2021. The second phase will be devoted to the implementation of a plan of action, and will be completed by 31st January 2023.

Nurtured by interactions and workshops with local and regional players, Smooth Ports will combine exchanges of best practices and on-site visits. Nantes − Saint Nazaire Port will be hosting a six-monthly meeting of the partners early in 2021.