Ports de la Generalitat

Psamides project

Psamides, an European project to implement innovative measures in small and medium-sized Mediterranean ports.

The overall objective of the project: To optimise the functioning of small and medium-sized ports through the implementation of innovative tools to help manage tourist flows, better control costs, provide more services to users and stimulate eco-innovation in these ports by reducing the environmental externalities resulting from tourist activity.

The budget: 2.8 million euros, 85% of which are financed by the European Interreg MED programme of FEDER/IPA.

The project includes ten partners:

Psamides: Challenges of the project

Challenge 1)

To create a Blue Growth Innovation community, gathering clusters from various sectors, business operators and port authorities. New technologies, products and services specifically for SM ports will be supported, adapted, tested and their use extended.

Psamides will mainly provide solutions in two areas:

Optimization of the ports management model by integrating integrated tools to improve marina operation and control user habits: intelligent management of moorings and buoys, remote ship supervision, better ship vacancy management, new generation of port community systems, satellite technologies for maritime surveillance, intelligent infrastructures and smart sensors, and ICT’s for intra-port networked collaboration with centralized dashboard application.

Sustainable management: supporting energy transition from fuel to electricity or NLG, and new environmentally friendly solutions to waste and water management. The impacts of cruise ship/yachting activities also need to be anticipated and addressed by providing smart, efficient management tools.

Challenge 2)

Regional administrations and port authorities will create a stable operational framework through the Blue Growth Coastal & Maritime Tourism Governance Tool.

They will provide common ground for legislative adaptation and implementation of best solutions, thus supporting a new generation of SM ports, which together with their connected municipalities will become living laboratories from which new industrial opportunities linked with tourism management, and community-led strategies, will emerge.

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Update: 14th March 2022