Member of the Provincial Executive Adri Bom-Lemstra: “Networks like SmartPort enable us to tackle the major social challenges that lie on the horizon. The energy transition; the circular economy. The port is filled with opportunities to make a difference. Working together and sharing knowledge are important conditions for success in these areas. We intend to encourage such collaborations through this grant.”
Spread across a term of four years, the network grant will give considerable impetus to SmartPort’s goal: to accelerate Rotterdam’s transition towards the world’s Smartest Port in 2050. Based on the Road Maps for Smart Logistics, Smart Energy & Industry and Futureproof Port Infrastructure, the alliance will be initiating and co-financing demand-driven scientific research and forming new coalitions. The underlying objective is to create new impact by generating freely-circulated knowledge and valuable decision-making input for companies in Rotterdam’s port area.
‘SmartPort continues to build the bridge between knowledge institutes and the port’s business community. As a regional public authority, the Province of Zuid-H olland plays an indispensable role in this process,” says SmartPort Managing Director Elisabeth van Opstall.