Marseille Fos is an innovative port engaged in supporting innovation, digital transition and the circular economy in its activities on a daily basis. Innovation is an important part of the strategic project and a key factor in the area's economic development. Discover below the flagship actions undertaken alongside our private and public partners.
I. French Smart Port in Med
Introduced by the Port of Marseille Fos, the Marseille Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the University of Aix-Marseille Provence, the "French Smart Port in Med" initiative is based on four challenges:
- A more streamlined port with smart and efficient logistics thanks to state-of-the-art management systems based on digital technologies.
- A greener port, serving environmental performance, which seeks to reduce or optimize the use of resources and to pool utilities, energy and materials.
- A more virtuous port that develops renewable energy by supporting projects that reduce the environmental impact of maritime transport and other port activities.
- A more innovative port that creates wealth and jobs, connected to a digital offer with the highest global standards.
The French Smart Port in Med affirms and consolidates the port vocation of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis and leverages the digital revolution. It reveals the commitment of the players in the port cluster to build tomorrow's port. By focusing their actions on innovation, together they enhance the potential of the economic base, while also targeting sustainable development.
Since 2019, French Smart Port In Med and its partners organize an annual challenge; innovative companies are selected to meet the challenges of large groups established in the territory. Within a set period of time, competitors must test and implement their solution on locations made available by the partner groups. The winners receive a financial reward. In 2020, during Smartport Day, which brings together the winners of the challenge to present their work, the French Smart Port in Med launched the first edition of its Hackathon.
II. Circular economy and innovative projects
In the present context of economic, technological and environmental changes, the circular economy represents a competitive driver. The deployment of circular solutions makes it possible to transform the constraints associated with the scarcity of resources into opportunities that create socio-economic and environmental value for the territory.
The Port of Marseille Fos, together with the industrial and institutional partners in its ecosystem, has initiated numerous projects in support of the circular economy, particularly in the industrial-port area in Fos-sur-Mer. The Caban-Tonkin Industrial and Innovation Platform (Piicto), whose aim is to improve competitiveness and develop industrial activities and innovation in this area, is an example of this.
Piicto is home to two projects aimed at recovering industrial gases: Vasco 2 and Carbon4Pur.
Located on the Caban-Tonkin Industrial and Innovation Platform, the Innovex incubator is a catalyst for innovative demonstration projects related to the new industrial and energy sectors. Among other demonstrators, it houses France's first Power to Gas project: Jupiter 1000.
III. Digital transition
The Port of Marseille Fos is a shareholder of the Marseille Gyptis International (MGI) company created in 1985, which together with Thalès developed the Cargo Community System (CSS) Ci5. By integrating new technologies and innovations stemming from Big Data, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, smart container and blockchain, to name but a few, Ci5 enables better control and management of the entire logistics chain for a more efficient supply chain. MGI and the Port of Marseille Fos won the digital transformation trophy for Ci5 in 2019.
Launched in 2015 and developed by the Port of Marseille Fos in collaboration with Capgemini, Neptune Port is a port of call management app designed to orchestrate the interconnections between its multiple users. The Neptune Port solution includes the Port One Stop Shop and allows declarants in European Union ports to complete their administrative formalities entirely on-line. Rewarded in 2016 with 1st prize in the Digital Transformation Trophies organized by the magazine Solutions IT, the application now offers the Neptune Port Regular Lines search engine. It is a high-performance tool that presents the global maritime transport offer and helps international transport operators to optimize cargo movements from/to the Port of Marseille Fos.
MeRS pilot project
Led by the French interministerial delegation for the development of the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône port and logistics corridor, this project aims to test a pilot demonstrator to improve the flow, safety and competitiveness of the logistics chain and intermodal freight transport on the Rhône-Saône corridor, and measure its ecological footprint. During the first half of 2019, MGI, BuyCo and KeeeX successfully tested the electronic transfer of the complete export processes between the ports of Lyon and Marseille Fos, a major logistics corridor for France.
The CO2 emission eco-calculator developed by the start-up SeaRoutes, in partnership with the Port of Marseille Fos during the Smartport Challenge 2019, is intended for logistics chain operators. It calculates the environmental footprint of the maritime routes used by ships, based on their position history. The solution also offers the possibility of comparing the carbon footprint of various routes on a given journey with different transit points.
Digital hub and submarine cables
The Port of Marseille Fos has begun construction of the new landing infrastructure (connection between the submarine and onshore sections) for submarine cables carrying data, which will provide a plug-and-play, reliable and convenient interface for cables arriving in Marseille from all over the world. The first phase (end 2020) will accommodate up to six cables that will be the connection points for a dozen submarine cable links to the rest of the world.