In mid-November 2021, the Algeciras Bay Port Authority (APBA) took part in the seventh Young Professionals Conferences organised by the Technical Association of Ports and Coasts (ATPYC).
The event, with this edition held online, presented a high-level scientific and technical programme and was focused on bringing the Port Community closer to various innovative initiatives developed by members of the ATPYC. For this, along with the participation of the APBA Technological-Development Department, the event featured the presence of other reputable organisations and companies such as Siport21, IH Cantabria, Mapei, Arcelor Mittal, Typsa and McValnera.
Juan González, member of the APBA Advanced Digital-Services Centre spoke about the PROAS project (Port Risk Optimized Advanced System) – a project currently underway within APBA and which is focused on the development of a Ship & Infrastructure Operations Advanced Forecasting System. The main aim of the system is to develop a predictive tool for levels of safety and efficiency in port operations based on specific information for each mooring (forecasting of the physical environment and the planning of ship calls and scheduled operations).
More specifically, the project is divided into two phases and is currently halfway through its first stage, which is expected to end in the first half of 2022. This first phase, lasting nine months, is characterised by a phase of exploration, concept testing and detailed design of the future tool. During the speech, Juan highlighted the participation of various agents from the Port Community in the project, who have actively taken part in the joint Design Thinking days included in the design stage. Next, in the second phase, which will last 21 months, measurement campaigns will be carried out, followed by analysis and application of predictive models and the development of the tool itself.
Throughout the other speeches presented by professionals from the ATPYC, current issues within the port sector were tackled, such as the forecasted impact of climate change on the Spanish coast, the characterisation and management of coastal and port risks and the development of spill-alert systems, among others.