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ACTION Seaport

Improving safety and operational performance of sea ports

Seaports are vital gateways - 74% of goods entering or leaving Europe go by sea.

Managing a seaport is not a trivial task. Administrators need to assess weather conditions to advise on port closures, streamline piloting and navigation, and to optimize throughput and service times to guarantee the port's competitiveness. They should also be able to assess environmental aspects resulting from regular port activity, for example greenhouse gas emissions from vessels, and respond to search and rescue requests.

A holistic approach to these problems is possible using Internet of Things, big data analytics and numerical models. ACTION Seaport is an advanced mobile-friendly platform developed to support the complex decision making processes of port authorities. ACTION Seaport aims to be accurate, computationally efficient, scalable and reliable.

Challenge

ACTION Seaport was developed as a result of multiple R&D activities and piloted at the Port of Lisbon in Portugal. But its implementation, integration and optimization over an adequate cloud-based backend architecture is now a necessity in order to take the application to the next level. Cloud computing is critical to increase the robustness of forecasts (high resolution is highly resource demanding), performance, reliability and scalability of the application in a cost-effective fashion. The challenge for ACTION Seaport and the EOSC-hub project is to integrate the cloud resources required to take the application to a commercial level.

Work plan

In the context of EOSC-hub, ACTION Seaport will:

  • Collect data on bathymetry, tides, shoreline dynamics, water level and flow velocity
  • Define a 3D, high resolution modelling infrastructure for the Port of Lisbon
  • Develop a robust data access layer (back-end)
  • Integrate EOSC-hub compute services into the workflows
  • Develop a user-friendly front-end
  • Test the prototype with early adopters based at the Port of Lisbon
  • Develop a business model, as well as exploitation and commercialization strategy

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