• Public-private collaboration is key to driving sustainability and digitisation in the port sector.

  • Digital transformation is revolutionising the port industry.

  • It is necessary to move towards decarbonisation and sustainable logistics in ports.

Barcelona, 22 September 2023. Logistop, a leading association in logistics innovation, in collaboration with the Port of Barcelona, brought together a hundred professionals from the logistics-port sector at the “LogisPort: towards port efficiency and sustainability” conference, held on 22 September at the World Trade Center in Barcelona.

The event attracted an audience of leading professionals and experts from the port logistics sector, who came together to explore and promote sustainable practices and technological innovations that will transform the future of port logistics.

The event was opened by the President of the Port of Barcelona, Lluís Salvadó, and the Managing Director of Logistop, Tomás de la Vega, who highlighted the importance of public-private collaboration to boost sustainability and digitisation in the port sector.

During the event, two enriching round tables addressed key issues. The first, “The future docks at the port: driving digital transformation”, moderated by Carles Rua, Head of Innovation at the Port of Barcelona, was attended by Ruth Pablo, Digital Manager at the Port of Barcelona; Airam Rodríguez, CEO of Híades Business Patterns; and Miguel Montesinos, CEO of Prodevelop. This round table discussed the latest trends in digital technology applied to port logistics and the role played by digitalisation at this time of change. The difficulties encountered by ports when innovating, the importance of collaboration when developing digitisation projects, as well as the need to seek interoperability of the system were analysed.

The second round table, “Transforming ports: decarbonisation and sustainable logistics”, moderated by Sergi Saurí, director of CENIT, was attended by Guillermo Massot, Managing Partner of Althium; Héctor Calls, head of energy transition at the Port of Barcelona; and Javier Moreno González, director of sustainability at BERGÉ. This round table focused on the challenges facing the port and maritime sector to meet the challenges of sustainability, as well as the role that the administration should play in this process.

Innovation, stability, resilience, decarbonisation, digitalisation, public-private collaboration and change are some of the words that came up the most throughout the day and that will be key to the future of port logistics.

In addition, the event featured “Utopias and Dystopias”, an interview in which the president of Logistop and Managing Director of FM Logistic Ibérica, Pablo Gómez, talked with Luis Navarro, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Board Member of Zeleros Hyperloop, exploring futuristic visions for logistics and discussing the future of hyperloop, which should be considered as just another means of transport.

The day provided a valuable networking space that allowed participants to establish contacts, foster collaborations and generate synergies for the development of sustainable and innovative projects in the sector.

For more information about the event, please contact Iris Amado, communications and marketing at Logistop, at iris.amado@logistop.org.

About Logistop: At Logistop, a leading association in logistics innovation, we turn our ideas into value and transform the supply chain through innovation, helping industry, companies and society in general to be more efficient and sustainable. Our mission is to transform, through innovation, the supply chain, helping industry and companies to become more efficient and sustainable. Logistop has among its main objectives to promote the need for innovation by companies linked to the logistics sector; to promote innovation projects; and to transmit at an institutional level what the real needs of the sector are. Through Logistop, research, development and innovation priorities are effectively defined. To this end, a series of events are promoted (Observatory Logistic, LogisTalks, Innovation Lab, focus sessions, Innovation Day, value contribution conferences, etc.) to dynamise, align priorities and needs, as well as to generate knowledge and put it to good use to ensure the competitiveness and sustainability of the logistics and mobility chain in Spain.