The signing of an agreement between the two bodies opens up a global portfolio of port and maritime start-up innovators to the World Ports Sustainability Program.
International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) IAPH member ports are being offered access to the PortXL startups via an online form where they can either declare their interest or submit specific challenges to the PortXL network. By the time of the IAPH World Port Conference in Antwerp next March, these ports will have a chance to "meet and match" the start-ups face-to-face on location to discuss concrete pilots and trials.
Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director, IAPHP, commented, "If you take a look at some of the innovations in PortXL's portfolio, any port in the world could benefit in practice, not just the major ones. A floating autonomous collector of plastic waste that collects data on water quality. Floaters attached to man-made structures capable of generating grid-connected electricity power from ocean and sea waves. Concrete composite structures for breakwaters capable of generating marine diversity and acting as a carbon sink. A hull cleaner capable of 'car-washing' a vessel to remove biofouling during a port stay. These are just four of the multitude of innovations being supported by PortXL through their network of port communities."
Cees-Willem Koorneef, Director, PortXL, added, "Port Authorities know which of their customers and stakeholders might be best equipped to trial and use these innovations. This has already yielded results at the Port of Rotterdam, North Sea Port and the Port of Antwerp, but really a coastal location of any size, anywhere in the world could benefit. As an example, it is in Gibraltar where the world's first wave-generated electricity is being fed into the grid."