Ports of the future

Coastal developments for cleaner, energy saving and safer ports Including most of the human and maritime activities, the sea coastline concentrates a number of challenges for the marine sector and more specifically for ports with security, economic and environmental challenges.

Multidimensional and monitored area of operation

Ports of the future will have to adapt to societal, environmental, economical and technical evolutions to take into account reception of the « ships of the future ». In all ports, whether trade, fishing, yachting, or military ports, or, as often, multimodal ports, there is a need to anticipate climate changes, to promote societal acceptance, to improve port modularity, city/port connexions and sustainable operational management.
These issues are considered in terms of sustainable development and in the framework of current and future legislative measures.

Technological innovation faced to challenges

The keys to innovation are based on :

  • The design of maritime port facilities
  • Port operational management methods
  • Mastering energy and fluids
  • Environmental integration.

Strategic challenges include :

  • Elaboration of innovative port concepts
  • Short-and medium-term remodelling of existing ports
  • Mastering the development of multiple economic activities.

International market potentials currently being tapped and modernized

The market for port facilities operates at the international level. The construction of new ports, to support growing maritime activity, is a real opportunity, but the international market for modernization and extension of ports seems to have a better outlook for ports that already have been in operation for some dozen years.

An « exemplary » territory

The PACA, Languedoc-Roussillon and Corsica Regions have major ports : the Great Maritime Port of Marseille, commercial and military port of Toulon, commercial and cruise port of Nice, yachts marinas of Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, the fishing port of Sète, and 167 small and medium-sized marinas, including the largest one in Europe, Port Camargue. Many projects have been committed for this purpose.Regional research and training actors contribute their expertise and lay down « technological building blocks » or work in an interdisciplinary manner. Since 2006, the PACA Marine Cluster is unifying, in a dynamic active working group, all of the regional expertise: architects, engineering offices, industrialists, Public building and works companies, service companies, port authorities and local
structures of French scientific expertise (CETMEF, CETE…).

Les projets les plus récents

Etat du projet : En recherche de financement En cours Terminé


Porteur du projet : LERM




Porteur du projet : CNIM



Porteur du projet : FOC TRANSMISSIONS


Porteur du projet : SIFA


Porteur du projet : IDRA Environnement