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Smart, Energy Efficient and Adaptive Port Terminals, SEATERMINALS

Start 2014 – Finish 2015


With the project SEATERMINALS they have been implemented and tested a series of prototypes of systems and machinery that facilitate the evolution of European ports, in particular of container terminals, towards a low-carbon operating model with more efficient energy consumption.


The aim of this European project is to accelerate the transition of the port industry towards more efficient operating models, integrating energy variable as a key factor for improvement in Port Container Terminals.


  • Development and demonstration of a series of eco-efficient alternatives which are feasible from technical, environmental and financial perspectives.
  • Development and demonstration of a management system that is operational in real time and that minimizes the bottle necks in the operation of terminals by assigning different operating modes (eco, turbo, standby, etc.) to the involved machinery. This system is called SEAMS (Smart, Efficient and Adaptive Energy Management System).
  • Implementation and testing of machinery prototypes powered by electricity and LNG, including terminal tractors, reach stackers, empty container handlers and RTG container cranes.
  • Real testing or demonstrations of the project, in Noatum Container Terminal Valencia (NCTV) in the Port of Valencia and in the Livorno Darsena Toscana terminal in the Port of Livorno.
  • ITE carried out the monitoring of energy saving measures implemented in the machinery in order to assess the contribution of each implemented measure in energy, economic and environmental terms to a port terminals management model that is safer for the environment, by using real operational data.

During the demonstration in the Port of Valencia it was possible to observe the following prototypes: an electric terminal tractor, a Reach Stacker and a ECH, with energy efficiency improvements and ECO operating mode, and a hybrid RTG with energy storage and recovery based on supercapacitors. Moreover, it was possible to analyze the dynamic lighting installed in the terminal. In the control center it was presented the platform SEAMS for the supervision of the process. ITE presented the software application that use data collected by SEAMS to analyze containers loading and unloading operating process and to obtain results from the new investments on more efficient machinery and prototypes, in energy, operational, costs and profitability terms.

The project was co-funded by the programme TEN-T of the EU and it was led by the entity Fundación Valenciaport. In addition to ITE and other Spanish entities, entities linked with the port sector of Netherlands, Estonia and Italy participated too.

SEA TERMINALS Valencia Demo Day

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