ABOUT US

The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) is a project that has been awarded funding by the European Union. Focused on developing a dynamic acceleration platform, AspBAN helps EU Atlantic ports work as blue economy hubs.
By becoming the main playground for the development of new blue businesses, EU Atlantic Ports have the opportunity to diversify their revenue sources and work towards a sustainable ocean economy.
Ports are one of the primary interfaces with the ocean, which means they will play a strategic role as launchpads for a new generation of blue companies.
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Strategic partners network
The Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network (AspBAN) has the support of a large and representative pool of 123 strategic partners and a total universe of 391 ports, from EU Atlantic, Norway, USA, Canada, Colombia, Morocco, Mauritania, India (Goa) and China (Macau) :
  • 41 ports and 5 ports associations – 23 belonging to the 4 Atla ntic Strategy Group member countries – AspbAN also has Port of Rotterdam as strategic partner as well as lnternational Port and Harbours Associ ation, the world’s largest port association
  • 15 investment funds and fina nce entities
  • 27 companies
  • 18 blue accelerators & clusters
  • 6 business associations
  • 11policy entities
Goals
  1. ldentify 10 common blue economy challenges in the Ports community
  2. Attract 450 startups far the Acceleration program
  3. Achieve a final pool of 30 innovative start – up solutions that will develop pilots in 30 Atlantic ports (22 of Atlantic Strategy Group member countries and 8 from other Atlantic maritime basins)
  4. Attract 6M€ in direct private investment far the final pool of startups
  5. Mobilize 5billion€ of potential private investment (among the 15 investment funds, Dubai Ports World (the world’s largest port operator) is an AspBAN’s strategic partner, whic h has a private fund of 4,58 USO far investing in ports and maritime infrastructures)
  6. Achieve a reduction of at least 1000 tons of C02 in the operations of the 30 ports
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This Project has received funding from the European Union under grant agreement No.: EMFF-APC-2020-AspBAN-101033749.