ECOPORTIL – Launching Event Chios UAEGEAN, 27 February 2018

The ECOPORTIL -Environmental Protection of Areas Surrounding Ports with Innovative Learning Tools for Legislation Project, was launched on February 27th 2018 in the University of the Aegean, in Chios, Greece with active participation of local stakeholders.

The project partners are: the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, the University of the Aegean, the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean from Cyprus and the Institute of Transport from Albania.

In the opening speech Mr. Nikitakos Nikitas, Professor at the University of the Aegean, explained the different alternative choices in shipping and ports to comply with the new regulations and the innovations that will lead to the port of the future.

The Assistant professor Ms. Anna Maria Kotrikla talked about the technical part of the new regulations of IMO and European Union regarding atmospheric pollutant emissions, especially for NOx, PM, SO2 and CO2 and presented the results of a monitoring campaign of PM, SO2 and O3 near the port of Chios.

The Assistant professor, Ms. Victoria Athanasopoulou referred to the legal framework of ports, which consists of a complicated set of provisions of international, European and national law and presented several rules on port security and environmental protection.

Professor Nikitakos closed the event with a presentation on the general framework of the Project and the project activities including the monitoring of environmental issues in the specific areas, the checking of legislation issues in every country, the definition of the needs of training, the development of Web GIS to be used for monitoring and providing the tools for the e-learning training and finally the realization of training projects.

Finally, there was a fruitful discussion and answers to the questions of the participants who were mainly from Port Authorities, researchers, educational staff as well as students.

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