CPLS – Sines Port and Logistics Community is part of the European project PLANET, of research and innovation in partnership with several international transport and logistics stakeholders.
The PLANET (“Progress towards Federated Logistics through the Integration of TEN-T into a Global Trade Network”) lasts for 36 months, starting on June 1, 2020.
The project intends to go beyond the well-known studies on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), “demonstrating rigorously the use of emerging technologies” in the corridors connecting China / European Union / United States and based on two pillars: modeling dynamics of trade routes and their impact on logistics infrastructure and TEN-T operations, taking into account geoeconomic factors; and the digital transformation of TEN-T, with economic and environmental gains, using disruptive technologies, namely IoT, Blockchain, PI, 5G, 3D printing, hyperloop and autonomous vehicles.
The analysis of cargo flows and logistical infrastructures will be embodied in three Living Laboratories centered on the ports of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Valencia (Spain) and Sines.
These laboratories will also be the focus of the investigation of innovative solutions for the coordination of complex multimodal supply chains, involving public and private actors.
The multinational consortium responsible for the project comprises 33 partners from 14 countries, with CPLS being the only Portuguese representative.
According to Jorge d’Almeida, president of CPLS, “the participation of the Sines port and logistics complex in this ambitious project, alongside Rotterdam and Valencia, demonstrates well the increasing importance of Sines and Portugal in global logistical chess”.
The PLANET project is funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.