Newsletter nº2 octubre 26, 2022

We are so excited to share with you AspBAN proyect deliverables!
AspBAN has been awarded funding by the European Union’ European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Welcome to the June edition of our second newsletter where you will find all of the project deliverables made to date.
In addition, you will obtain information on past and future events that are relevant to the sector, as well as the next actions that must be carried out by those companies that have passed to the next phase of the Open Innovation Program.
These ongoing activities undertaken by the European Commission, DG MARE, Beta-I, AspBAN project and others that are of interest to the sector.
We are pleased to keep you up to date with all the latest news from AspBAN project!
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As you know…
In April 2021, the kick-off meeting of AspBAN project took place. Has been selected by the European Union to put in place an acceleration services platform for EU Atlantic Ports. As part of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) call on “Cross-sectoral development of innovative port clusters in the Atlantic: Developing a blue accelerator scheme for Atlantic ports” (EMFF-APC-2020 call).
The 13 partners of the project were present at the meeting together with DG MARE.
AspBAN will support Atlantic Ports to act as ecosystems to foster innovation in the blue economy, thus diversifying their business models and revenue sources. The project is a 2-year project and will support implementation of Pillar I of the revised Atlantic Action Plan and will also connect partners in the European Economic Area, transatlantic and other relevant EU and non-EU maritime basins, notably through its network of 137 strategic partners.

AspBAN proyect deliverables
After a year of project, we present you the public deliverables with the results we have obtained with our work and thanks to the collaboration of strategic partners. The partners of the AspBAN project are sure that these will surprise you and will be useful to you.

We have mapped the competence needs in the industry to make sure that the international mentors’ and experts’ network matches the needs in the industry.
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This basic Style Manual will guide you to how to pply branded identity and the graphic elements.
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This document explains the steps that European start-ups should follow in case they want to accelerate their business, enhancing their capacity to get into the blue tech ecosystem and connecting them to investors, like-minded people and mentors.
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The Atlantic regions adopted the decision to include the AspBAN project in the workplan of its Transport Working Group, which would act as a networking platform/working group for blue accelerators and blue economy stakeholders from CPMR member regions from across Europe.
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The report presents the Ports’ challenges that will help AspBAN project to develop a tailored acceleration program to increase the possibilities of implementing innovative solutions in the Atlantic Ports that respond effectively to their needs.
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This eGuide aims to help ports become an innovation-friendly space, seeking to systematically do new things or do the same things in different ways. This document guides ports vía seven simple steps to pave the way for innovation.
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The aim of this report is to greater understand the current level of demand amongst European Ports for business Accelerator programs and the current state of play regarding European Accelerators capacity and appetite to support Port and Blue Economy related innovation, and the general level of accelerator activity that currently exists across the region.
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This document shows the results obtained through the analysis of different port surveys, answering questions like: “What will Ports and the Ports sector look like in 5 years?” “Why have these advances not been realised today?” “Where do Ports think innovation can come from?”…
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Open Innovation Program

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Acceleration Services Program
We continue with the activities of the Acceleration Services Program 2021.We are in the Online Pitch Events.

You can now register for the 2022 Program. Find out!
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In this section we are going to introduce various partners of the AspBAN consortium in each issue of the newsletter.

Kaleido is a global logistics operator with over 40 years of history. Although today it offers services at all stages and modes of transport in the logistics chain, the origins of the group, as well as the main lines of business, are linked to maritime transport and port operations. The two pillars of Kaleido’s growth in recent years have been internationalization and innovation. Our way of doing innovation have been constantly evolving since its beginnings in 2008, going from a corporate service to a central piece of our competitive edge and part our the DNA of all the team at Kaleido. Today it is based on the concept of Open Innovation and focused on the client. This strategy allows us to identify the best technology worldwide, complement it with our experience of more than 40 years in the industry and apply it in the real market for the benefit of each project that falls into our hands. Kaleido has shown itself to be an example of innovation in the operation of both its own and third-party open innovation programs, with international recognition, such as Logistics Tech (7 editions), Fishing Tech (5 editions), Habitat Tech (2 editions) and Aquaculture Tech (1 edition). Everything under the KALEIDO TECH brand, an specific business unit that is born with the only aim of enabling the best technologies for our clients.

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) acts as a lobby and think tank for regional authorities. It encompasses around 150 regions across Europe and beyond. The Atlantic Arc Commission, which is particularly involved in AspBAN project, is one of the six Geographical Commissions of the CPMR. It promotes the specific identity and interests of Atlantic Regions and constitutes a forum to develop projects in this sea-basin, while contributing to the cohesion and unity of the Conference. In AspBAN, the Atlantic Arc Commission of CPMR aims at transferring the practices and results of the project to member regions via workshops and recommendations, and thus contributing to the sustainability of AspBAN.
Events we have done so far!

The 2022 edition of European Maritime Day took place in Ravenna as a hybrid event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.
Ana Pinela (Beta-I, coordinator of AspBAN) took part in “The role of ports in the context of the European Green Deal: concrete results from EU projects” conference.
Find the recording of the conference here!

At a time of social and economic uncertainty and preparation of the next generation of EU-funded programmes to foster economic recovery, the Atlantic Strategy Committee (ASC) have worked to develop a revamped Atlantic Action Plan to give new impetus to the Atlantic maritime strategy. Based on four pillars (Ports as hub of Blue economy, skills and ocean literacy, marine renewable energies and resilient coasts), the Action Plan aims at reinforcing cooperation in this area and contributing to the European Green Deal, a socially inclusive model of sustainable development and job creation, while safeguarding marine and coastal environments and securing a healthy ocean. This event aims to highlight the lessons learnt from the past Atlantic Action Plan and other experiences of intergovernmental strategies and identify opportunities and challenges for an ambitious future for the Atlantic cooperation.

Liam Lacey (Director of IMDO) participated in this event. Este evento lo metemos como evento pasado donde participa ASPBAN

Find the recording of the conference here!

This event is part of the “Atlantic roadshow”, which are technical meetings at regional level in order to provide information about the Atlantic Action Plan and its Assistance Mechanism, to interact with the most relevant agents in the region and collect the main project ideas to carry out other projects that are aligned with the priorities of the Atlantic Action Plan.
AspBAN project was presented in this event by Carmen Muñoz (project manager of Canary Maritime Cluster).

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, came at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference sought to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
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One Sustainable Ocean was a joint initiative organized by Lisbon City Council, Fórum Oceano, Science and Technology Foundation, University of Lisbon and several other entities, in the context of the United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) 2022.
The «One Sustainable Ocean | Ocean Science & Business2Sea» was one of the official side-events area of UNOC 2022, having been designated officially as «umbrella event». Sponsored by Pingo Doce, through the initiative to preserve the ocean “Amar o Mar”, it was an event focused on the ocean future, sustainability, circular economy, and innovation, totally aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water.
One of the key conferences held within One Sustainable Ocean was:
Open Innovation as a strategy for sustainable Blue Economy growth.

For the first time since the project began, AspBAN partners were able to discuss together in person the opportunities that open innovation brings to members of the Blue Economy value chain, as it promotes collaboration with people and organizations outside of business.
The round table aimed to analyze what Open Innovation is and how it can work as a driver of sustainability and business development.
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The European Commission organized an event on 30 June in Lisbon at the Oceanário de Lisboa. The aim of the event was to launch the Mission Charter. Members States, regions, and relevant stakeholders were invited to discover the charter and further engage with actions for a successful implementation of the Mission and its lighthouses.
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Upcoming events

This event is organised in the framework of the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEArica) Intergroup of the European Parliament, together with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. The meeting will bring together regional stakeholders from the private and institutional sector to take stock of the implementation of the NAIADES III Strategy. What has been achieved so far? What are the remaining and future challenges?
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The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance 2022 Forum will be co-hosted by the United States and Brazil, in collaboration with the European Commission, in Washington, D.C. on the 12-14 July 2022.

The event will bring together Ministers and the All-Atlantic Ocean Research community, reinvigorating collaboration between existing initiatives, while programming the work of the Alliance for the next years.

The Alliance is an ocean science diplomacy endeavor, which builds on the successes of the Galway and Belém Statements, offering a new framework for ocean research cooperation in the Atlantic Ocean, from pole to pole.
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The World Ocean Council (WOC) is set to launch its Global Blue Finance Summit as the first international finance event series focused on ocean sustainable development. BlueFIN is a cornerstone of WOC’s new partnership with the City and Port of Barcelona. Through this collaboration, we will develop the leading global hub for the Blue Economy in Barcelona. BlueFIN 2022 will bring together private and public finance leaders from across the spectrum of marine and coastal investment. The goal: to harness financial flows and create investment opportunities for positive ocean impact.
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The SMM International Maritime Trade Fair in Hamburg is the largest maritime industry trade fair and considered the most important global maritime industry event. It gathers more than 2,200 companies from 67 countries, attracting more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world.

For the 2022 edition, for the first time, the Clean Planet directorate of the Research and Innovation Directorate-General of the European Commission will have a large stand, to promote European research and to present how research and innovative contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal in reaching climate-neutrality in the maritime sector.
Throughout the week, (6-9 September)) the European Commission has scheduled a series of sessions on green, sustainable, safe and digital shipping, starting with a session with high-level keynote speakers from the Commission. They will offer their deep insight of the industry and present the role of the European Union in this strategic industry.
AspBAN partners will be present at this important fair, so if you want to know more about the project, contact us at
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GreenPort Cruise & Congress, hosted by Port of Zeebrugge from 18-20 October 2022.

This event will cover the following topics:
GreenPort Cruise:
Sustainable cruise projects in aid of being carbon neutral by 2050
Environmental Cruise Ships – including hydrogen fuelled ships
Legislation and cooperation in the cruise industry
GreenPort Congress:
Fuel and energy provision for shipping
Fuel and energy for port operations (including hydrogen hubs, wind farms and electrification of port vehicles)
Sustainable Partnerships – Ports working together to meet sustainable targets
Ports and IT and AI – port process improvement and how digitalisation can be used for further improvement
Port:City:Logistics Chain collaboration – how port and city can work together to move cargo in a sustainable way
Monitoring of physical, chemical, and biological components whilst controlling their impacts
How to get ready for regulatory changes including Fit for 55 and EU Taxonomy
Keep you update!


Officially launched during the final conference of the MSPglobal Initiative, jointly led by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and European Commission, the International Guide on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is now available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

As of 2022, about 100 countries/territories worldwide are engaged in MSP initiatives, moving away from isolated sectoral management to an integrated planning framework for their maritime jurisdiction.

From setting the scene and designing the planning process to implementation and evaluation, the MSPglobal International Guide presents a diversity of topics, case studies and actions to assist governments, partners and practitioners in their MSP processes. It draws on the expertise and experience accumulated worldwide on technical, practical and conceptual aspects related to MSP since the first guide was published in 2009 by the IOC-UNESCO. The guide also addresses new and emerging issues related to ecosystem-based management, such as the blue economy and climate change, and incorporates MSP within the more global context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


We have several ways available for you to follow AspBAN’s progress. On the web you will find all the most relevant project information such as our objectives; who are the full partners and strategic partners; calls; workshops; database; news and deliverables.
Twitter and LinkedIn allow us to have a live and direct communication channel where we can answer questions; share activities and opinions; and get to know better all those who are interested in the Atlantic Action Plan 2.0 and the Atlantic ports as a key for the Blue Growth.

In our social networks you can find from time to time links to interesting articles related to our topic, but which have been discarded from appearing on the AspBAN website.
We take this opportunity to inform you that on the AspBAN YouTube channel you can find videos of our webinars, participation in events, etc.

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