The Fundación Valenciaport and STC Group, both knowledge, innovation and training centers located respectively in two port clusters of international stature, such as Valencia and Rotterdam, have reached a collaboration agreement to join forces regarding current and innovative Technical Assistance.
The MoU agreement was formalized during the XXIX Congress of Latin American Ports, organized by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
With a global reach, both organizations, being pioneers in the international port area, intend to merge their knowledge and experience through the development of innovative services with high added value. These will be applied to the unique context of different Ports, Port Communities and both public and private Logistic Sector Institutions.
There are several initiatives, coming from the public or private sector, that seek to address the different challenges the maritime and port sector are facing. In a similar manner, several ports, such as Valencia or Rotterdam, have positioned themselves as leaders of best practices of efficiency, sustainability and resilience. A common element of these success stories is collaboration, which has been and will be a fundamental axis for the creation of knowledge, solutions and services that generate value for the port sector.
And it is with this philosophy of collaboration that the alliance between both entities can contribute significantly to responding to the challenges faced by logistics and port sectors in many countries. From the environmental imperative of reducing the carbon footprint associated with port activities, to the need to ensure that such operations remain efficient and resilient to disruptions of all kinds. All this on top of the port communities’ need to maintain their relevance both in the local and national economic network and in international trade.
Both Silvina Pereira Marques (STC International) and Manuel Martinez de Ubago (STC NESTRA), as well as Miguel Garín from the Fundación Valenciaport, announce that there will be more concrete information shared on the new common services shortly. But they anticipate that digitization, the energy transition and the new more sustainable and resilient management models in Ports and Port Communities make up some of the main topics to be jointly developed.
Both firms share the saying stating that “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.
From left to right: Silvina Pereira Marques (Area Manager Latin America at STC International); Albert Bos (Director of STC International); Antonio Torregrosa (General Director of Fundación Valenciaport); Francesc Sánchez (Director of the Port Authority of Valencia); and Miguel Garín (Director of International Development of Fundación Valenciaport).