Fundación Valenciaport partakes in STBERNARD safety project

Fundación Valenciaport partakes in safety related STBERNARD project

The Fundación Valenciaport is participating in the STBERNARD project, focused on risk assessment and response in chemical terminals.

The project had its inaugural meeting in the district of Valdemoro in Madrid.

The main objective is to improve the safety of first responders in risk or emergency situations, while reducing the number and severity of casualties and mitigating the environmental impact, especially in situations of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats in the port area.

Safety to prevent fire or explosion risks in the handling of dangerous goods in bulk will also be relevant.

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STBERNARD is a project coordinated by the technology-based company Counterfog, in which the Fundación Valenciaport is actively participating, and which has a total budget of around €6.7 million ($7,17 million), co-financed by the Horizon Europe Programme.  

The project is based on the research and development of advanced technologies to address the aforementioned CBRN threats. These technologies will include rapid sensors to detect hazardous aerosols and vapours, as well as rapid decontamination methods.

The focus is on bringing these technologies to a more advanced level of technological maturity, which will allow them to be ready for deployment in operational environments.

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An additional aspect of this initiative is the analysis of the risks associated with CBRN threats in rescue and recovery operations. It is proposed to develop a modular artificial intelligence tool to generate specific operating procedures for first responders working in such emergencies.

These procedures and tools would significantly increase the safety of emergency teams, reducing the need to enter contaminated areas and minimising exposure. 

In August 2023, PSA Singapore won two accolades for its Prime Mover (PM) Telematics programme, which employs technology to improve safety. PM Telematics has made significant contributions to safety and health by detecting unexpected changes in speed and angles of movement, as well as behavioural modifications in drivers.

More recently, Abu Dhabi Maritime, part of AD Ports Group, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tadweer to promote the environmental conservation of Abu Dhabi’s waterways.

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