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PortCastelló at UIMP Santander Port Week

8 September 2023

Rubén Ibáñez con Alvaro Rodríguez (OPPE)

The Chairman of the Port Authority of Castellon, Rubén Ibáñez, is attending Santander Port Week held in the Magdalena Palace as part of the academic programmes run by Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP).

The gathering is designed to foster discussion and debate on issues as diverse as innovation, artificial intelligence, new technologies and adapting ports to climate change.

Rubén Ibáñez stressed the need to take part in this kind of forum “given that PortCastelló is undertaking a digital transformation plan which will enable us to deploy new models to be more efficient, innovative and geared towards customer service anchored in a Smart Port approach.” He pointed out that “we are already working hard to set up the Port of Castellon as a technological hub with the backing of the Ports 4.0 programme.”

Rubén Ibáñez noted that ports face major challenges “including the uptake and use of new technologies as well as building innovation into our organisational culture as a strategic priority.”

The conference has also addressed the threats posed to ports and their connections with land transport as a result of climate change. They are infrastructures which are particularly vulnerable to the ramifications of this change due to the increased number and scale of severe weather events.

Mediterranean ports are some of the ones most at risk from climate change which is why PortCastelló is taking an interest in this issue. “It is an aspect which is envisaged in the Spanish Ports’ Strategic Framework and is crucial for the Port of Castellon because we are busy building ambitious production infrastructures and we want them to be equipped to successfully cope with future hazards,” commented Rubén Ibáñez.

Photo: The Chairman of the Port Authority of Castellon, Rubén Ibáñez, with the Chairman of the State-owned Ports Body, Álvaro Rodríguez.

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