Valencia – 19.06.19. This morning took place the ordinary meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Fundación Valenciaport in which the Report of Activities and the Annual Accounts as well as the Management Report of the Foundation for the year 2018 were approved.
The President of the Fundación Valenciaport, Aurelio Martínez, began his speech by welcoming a new trustee, the firm Cosco Shipping Lines Spain (CSLS), which joins the 19 entities that have formed the Board of Trustees since 2004, when the Fundación Valenciaport was created. The General Director of the Foundation, Antonio Torregrosa, and the representative of CSLS on the Board of Trustees, Javier Cubas, then set out the challenges of this new collaboration, focusing on boosting the innovation activities of the Fundación Valenciaport.
Then, the Director of the entity has made a review of the new European projects in which the Fundación Valenciaport is working since the beginning of 2019, highlighting the three major projects funded by the program Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). These are iTERMINALS 4.0, a project focused on the digitalisation of port operations and the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies. The project includes two projects: the I RAIL project, which will implement the Interoperability and Safety Directives for rail freight on five TEN-T corridors for the efficient exchange of information using the ATM TSI standards, and finally the GREEN C PORTS project, which includes pilot projects aimed at providing an appropriate set of digitisation tools and technologies to support the environmental sustainability of ports and the performance of port operations on the TEN-T core network.
Torregrosa also highlighted the participation of the Fundación Valenciaport in three new projects funded by the H2020 programme and recently awarded: CYBERSANE – Cyber Security Incident Handling, Warning and Response System for the European Critical Infrastructures; SPROUT – Sustainable Policy Response to Urban Mobility Transition and Cyber-MAR – Cyber Preparedness Actions for a Holistic Approach and Awareness Raising in the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain.
With respect to cooperation assistance in Latin America, we would like to highlight the preparation of the new Infrastructure Master Plan for the Port of Buenos Aires, and the consulting service for the analysis and evaluation of the proposal for the improvement and optimization of port infrastructure and services in the multipurpose northern terminal of the port of Callao in Peru, as well as the project awarded by the IDB to develop a “Smart Port” toolkit for port authorities/GSOs and terminal operators to monitor and evaluate their progress year by year to become smart ports.
In relation to the training area, the director mentioned the upcoming start of the courses to obtain the stevedoring professionalism certificate; the second edition of the “Master in Logistics and Port Management” in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the excellent performance of the Master in Port Management and Intermodal Transport (Valencia edition), whose 27th class will hold its closing ceremony on July 9th and whose 28th class will start classes on October 17th.
To conclude, Torregrosa has presented the proposed strategic map for the development of the Fundación Valenciaport 2025 Strategic Plan, which will be published at the end of 2019 and which aims to consolidate the Foundation as a reference centre in innovation and training for the Valenciaport port cluster.
Finally, the director informed the board of the process of redesigning the corporate identity that the Fundación Valenciaport is undertaking, with a new logo and new brochure and which will culminate in the launch of a new website in the coming months.
During the meeting, the members of the Board of Trustees expressed their satisfaction and reaffirmed their support for the Fundación Valenciaport project as an umbrella organisation for innovation and training in the service of the port logistics sector.