Project title: Green and Connected Ports (GREEN C PORTS)

Programme: Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Contract Number: (Action Number: 2018-EU-TM-0117-S)

Project budget:  7.155.708 €

Duration: 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2023


PPA contact: Mr. Dimitris Spyrou (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PPA budget: 455.500,00  Euros (50% financed by the CEF)




The GREEN C Ports Action will pilot the use of sensors, big data platforms, business intelligence tools and artificial intelligence modelling at the ports of Valencia, Venice, Piraeus, Wilhelmshaven and Bremerhaven, contributing this way to the future roll out of these technologies in the market.

The first phase of the project will comprise the design, acquisition, engineering adaptation and installation of the different sensor networks at the participant ports. These sensor networks will gather environmental data of different types (e.g. air quality parameters, meteorological information, noise, congestion at gates, among other), transmitting it to a Port Environmental Performance (PEP) IT platform that will be programmed to receive real time data from the sensor networks and from existing operating systems in the port (i.e. PCS, PMIS and TOS).

The second phase of the project will start once the installation of the necessary equipment to build the required environmental sensor network is completed. At this stage, partners of the GREEN C Ports project will develop methods and analytics following big data techniques and advanced modelling, which will allow predictive analyses of ports’ environmental performance. By analysing the data gathered from the sensor networks together with existing information supplied by different port authorities and community systems, it will be possible to build models and advanced algorithms to predict in real time the impact of the environmental conditions over port operations (ship loading/unloading, port congestion, traffic management, etc.) and also over nearby city areas in terms of air quality, noise and other relevant parameters.

The project Specific Objectives

  1. Upgrade existing sensor networks with new sensors at the pilot ports.
  2. Implement a Port Environmental Performance (PEP) IT platform that will receive real time data from the sensor networks and from existing port systems (i.e. PCS, PMIS and TOS).
  3. Reduce the impact of port operations on their cities.
  4. Monitor emissions from ports and vessels.
  5. Increase the efficiency of port operations and optimize handling of cargo in core ports.
  6. Facilitate access and egress of cargo in and out of core ports.
  7. Communicate effectively the case studies results and the main benets of the technologies piloted in this Action.

Piraeus port case study: CS 3 - Improving air quality in ports and port neighbouring areas

 Main problem addressed:

Port authorities and city councils in port cities will need to make sure that ships calling at their ports will be complying with international and European environmental regulation after 1 January 2020 by having adapted one of the possible technological compliance solutions.

Current situation:

Several Port Authorities would be interested in controlling that ships are complying with environmental regulation and would be ready to define incentive schemes and financial bonuses to be applied to those shipping companies whose vessels are truly less polluting (i.e. Environmental Ship Index). At the moment, it is not possible to do so as ports lack the equipment that could monitor specifically and individually each vessel and report in a reliable and consistent way on the emissions generated by each individual ship calling at the port.


This pilot case study will integrate information from highly-innovative measurement cameras of the different gases emitted by vessels operating in the port of Valencia (first pilot in Europe with this type of technology), air quality measurement sensors (new and existing) both in Valencia and in Piraeus, wind sensors in Valencia and Piraeus, information from the requested port calls made by the shipping companies in Valencia and Piraeus and other shipping information databases.
A highly-innovative optical imaging camera system will be piloted in this case study in the core port of Valencia.
With the piloted technologies, port managers will be able to know the exact quantity of emissions generated by a particular ship (depending on its gas composition and the total number of hours of stay) through selected queries to the PEP platform. In addition, by modelling three datasets: 1) information on the emissions of vessels that call in the port, 2) the planned windows for the vessels to arrive and operate in the port in the next days / weeks and 3) weather forecast (e.g. wind factor and direction); the PEP platform will be able to predict air quality levels in a near future date and time. These air quality predictions will be of great interest to the port authority, city council and other government institutions.




Project resources

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Project news

GREEN C PORTS project wins the IAPH World Port Sustainability Awards 2020

Press release in English (Link)
Press release in Greek ( Link)

Successful Green C Ports General Assembly virtual meeting on June 16th 2020 ( Link)

Project Marketing Material

 Project brochure ( download )


Last modified on 26/04/2024