The management board of the Port of Barcelona have validated its Innovation Plan, which is focused on sustainable, open, collaborative, demand-driven innovation in line with the port’s strategy.
Based on the current and future needs of Barcelona’s port community and the society it serves, the ultimate objectives of the plan are to strengthen the role of the port as a driver for economic growth, promote digitalisation of the logistics ecosystem and foster synergies with the city in this area.
The plan defines lines of work aimed at developing agile and cross-cutting management structures involving the entire port community of Barcelona.
It aims to forge alliances with Barcelona’s innovative environment, stimulating sectoral innovation and publicising the innovative activity of the port.
To achieve these objectives the innovation plan envisions launching the BCN Port Innovation Foundation, which is designed to make it easier to manage innovative initiatives in Barcelona port community’s relationship with the ecosystem of Barcelona.
It will also help develop specific plans for companies in the port maritime sector and, in addition to promoting alliances with actors in the port and city, the plan establishes the need to create spaces where innovation can be developed successfully.
These spaces are specified in initiatives like the Blue Economy technology district, an innovation hub and a space for promoting research and training in the port area.
The innovation plain is based on an analysis of the port’s current situation areas such as the use of technology, the innovative culture of the port community, the potential of Barcelona’s ecosystem and related dissemination efforts.
It goes on to specify the actions necessary to consolidate and extend this innovative model and, finally, establishes the management tools and structures that will facilitate this cross-cutting transformation of port activity.