The maritime sector at the 51st Board of Directors of AICO

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On Monday 22 May, the 51st Board of Directors of AICO gathered in Cascais, Portugal, to discuss the future of Ibero-America, Europe, and Africa in the maritime sector.

The panel discussion included participation from industry experts such as Gerardo Landaluce, President of the Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras, Jorge d’Almeida, President of the 4Shipping Association, Hermano Rodrígues, EY Parthenon/AIP, and Miguel Montesinos, CEO of Prodevelop.

Throughout the session, three key points were highlighted.

The first point emphasised the importance of collaboration among different stakeholders to increase operational efficiency.

Gerardo Landaluce highlighted Algeciras’ position as the leading European container port in terms of competitiveness, according to the recent Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), thanks to the port authority’s efforts in innovation and digitalisation, including tools such as Port Collaborative Decision Making (CDM).

He also mentioned the significant projected growth in vehicle traffic in the coming years.

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Secondly, Jorge Almeida emphasised the benefits of public-private partnerships regarding the state’s investment in the Port of Sines.

Lastly, Miguel Montesinos emphasised the significance of digitalisation for collaboration among different stakeholders, aiming for sustained long-term growth.

He underlined the benefits offered using PCS (Port Community Systems) or tools like Port CDM.

Just last month, software company, Prodevelop, completed the migration of its Posidonia Port Community System (PCS) to the cloud for the Port Authority of Gijón (PAG) to leverage the benefits of a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

The change from on-premise to the cloud was carried out swiftly, with the port being able to continue offering its services without any interruptions, Prodevelop reported.

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