Why & How
THE PSAMIDES PROJECT: AN OVERVIEW
Psamides aims to target small and medium-sized ports (SM ports) specialized in touristic activities (cruises, yachting, etc.) with less than 135,000 annual passengers. SM ports are nowadays facing specific challenges linked to marina operation management, new tourism behaviour, the circular economy, and the need for greener ports. Regarding management and operations, new ICT tools need to be adopted, telematics services diversified, and services requests simplified. Port use throughout the year needs to be promoted to improve congestion, sports and nautical services need to be boosted, and security improved to adapt to new tourism trends. Collaboration between ports must also be improved and supply and operation optimized, including boarding-disembarkation, tourism information, and tourist mobility. Last, there is a need for a more sustainable ship repair industry.
Sustainability and the promotion of the circular economy are not only environmentally essential but they are also key factors of commercial success. However, SM Ports must adapt to strict regulatory initiatives at the IMO and EU levels to reduce carbon emissions. At the same time, SM ports have difficulties attracting and implementing innovation due to their small-sized structures, needing to generate economies of scale and a well-structured ecosystem to provide innovation.
The Psamides project is included in priority strategic line 1 of Interreg MED 2014-2020 programme, Innovation, the aim of which is to “promote Mediterranean innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth”. It also comes under programme specific objective 1.1: “To increase the transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors in the MED area”