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FUTUREMED was presented at the 3rd Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 3rd and 4th of September 2014, with the participation of more than 300 delegates from the ports', shipping and intermodal sector.  

The 3rd Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 3rd and 4th of September 2014, with the participation of more than 300 delegates from the ports', shipping and intermodal sector.

 

The conference opened with a keynote address by Ambassador Train Chebeleu, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), presenting BSEC's initiatives on trade facilitation, cooperation in the fields of transport, port development and regional integrated maritime policy.

The conference presentations were structured along 6 main themes:

- The Emerging Black Sea Region - Economic Perspectives for 2014 and Beyond
- Forecasting the Future of Maritime Transport and the Impact on the Black Sea Region
- Maximising Seaports and Intermodal Connectivity in the Black Sea Region
- Innovative Technology and Cutting Edge Solutions for Ports and Terminals in the Black Sea Region
- New Ports Development in the Black Sea Region - Opportunities and Challenges, and
- Enabling Ports Development & Cooperation in the Black Sea Region.

FutureMed opened the session on "Innovative Technology and Cutting Edge Solutions for Ports and Terminals in the Black Sea Region". Mr Aristos Halatsis (CERTH/HIT) on behalf of the FutureMed consortium presented the project's experiences in improving the competitiveness of port systems through technology and innovations. In his presentation, Mr. Halatsis provided the overall framework in which maritime transport operates, placing special focus on the ports' role and the increasing need for ICT-supported port-hinterland integration. He continued with a description of the project's outputs, including ICT integration along three port-hinterland corridors, best practice diffusion and cluster analysis. The presentation concluded with the main project experiences so far in a number of areas such as, interoperability, small actors' facilitation, ecosystem development and results transferability.