Ports of the future

The European Space Agency is seeking to assess the feasibility of sustainable satellite-based services that address the evolution of the port ecosystem.

What's the open innovation challenge?

The port industry, and shipping in general, is undergoing important structural changes in order to reduce operating and capital costs. Through this competition, the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting tenders to assess the technical and commercial feasibility of sustainable satellite-based services addressing the evolution of the port ecosystem. Such services should be aimed at, for example, ensuring people's safety, environmental sustainability, long-term economic growth and water security.

ESA Space Solutions is offering 100% funding for feasibility studies of up to €200k. Applicable funding level is subject to authorisation by the relevant national delegation. Bidders are requested to obtain evidence in the form of a letter of authorisation by their respective delegations before submitting a proposal.

What your project should offer

  • Be enabled by space (including the use of imagery, radar and weather data).
  • Integrate space with terrestrial capabilities and other technologies, like machine learning and artificial intelligence, to allow operators to reduce costs and risks, increase efficiency, connectivity, safety and security of port infrastructure.
  • Develop sustainable solution to reduce air, water and soil pollution in relation to shipping and transport capabilities, waste production and energy consumption.


Key focus areas

  • Port automation
  • Connected ports
  • Port infrastructure improvement
  • Port safety and security
  • Unmanned solutions
  • Environmental impacts and energy efficiency

Any resulting studies are intended to establish the roadmap towards service implementation through follow-on demonstration projects.

Project date milestones

Opening Date: 19/02/2020
Closing Date: 20/04/2020

How to get involved

You can find out more about the challenge by following the link below.