Project partners met on the 12th and 13th September to approve first draft of OPS Master Plan


Annual meeting for the Project was organized at premises of High School of Electrical Engineers of Polytechnical University of Madrid. The meeting reviewed state of four pilots including provision of OPS facilities in ports of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca and Pasaia; partnership very much appreciated Port of Barcelona Authority request to join the Project by building a new OPS facility for containerships in the Port.

Main result from discussions can be summarized in a package of some 25 individual OPS facilities to be provided during next 2020-2025 period. This package of proposed OPS facilities is neither considered a closed list nor the total amount for the Plan estimated at 200 million Euros be fix but rather conditionate by available funding. The execution of above-mentioned OPS pilots will contribute to adjust that cost and gain experience to identify more viable locations for new OPS facilities and check viability of those already proposed. All these facilities will serve power to ro-ro & ferry (17 facilities-21 vaults), container (6 facilities-10 vaults) and cruise fletes (10 facilities – 17 vaults); also to fishing vessels (32 vaults) and Search and Rescue National Company – SASEMAR (18 vaults).

Also, partners discussed on identified barriers and possible measures to help OPS Master Plan be realized; measures include administrative, financial, technical, environmental and disseminative measures.

Finally, partners paid visit to laboratory of Center of Automated and Robotics under CSIC & ETSII (UPM) where OPS crane prototype fully design and built by students was shown. This prototype activity under the OPS Master Plan is considered a reciprocal benefit initiative for both University and port industry willing to promote OPS. The prototype has been designed on the three fold technical requirements being fully electrical powered itself, able to be operated remotely on board and adaptable to as many as possible cases (quays-ships couples); a demo video is available here.

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