Mid Atlantic Ship Repair & Supply Summit - Las Palmas Port

The Mid Atlantic Ship Repair & Supply Summit Las Palmas Port is an event dedicated to the sectors of naval repairs and ship supplies of international character that will be held on April 4th and 5th, 2019 in the capital of Gran Canaria with the aim of showing the high capacity and experience of companies and SMEs of these sectors in the Ports of Las Palmas, which has made many customers require their services and consider this Port as a reference in the Middle Atlantic/Africa.

This important event, which will have the presence of members of recognized prestige of the naval sector from many parts of the world, pursues the establishment in the Port of Las Palmas of manufacturing companies that complement the premises and boost the competitiveness of local companies showing the innovations and new trends that will define the future of these sectors (new fuels, Industry 4.0 and Smart Ports or naval repairs in the renewable energy sector).

This congress has among its sponsors the Port Authority of Las Palmas, PROEXCA, the SPEGC and the General Directorate of Economic Promotion of the Government of the Canary Islands, and they have joined the Ports of Las Palmas Foundation and FEMEPA in the framework of the INTERREG Project VA MAC 2014-2020 INTERPORT, co-financed by 85% for the FEDER funds of the European Union.

This meeting is structured around four main themes:

SESSION I: The Port of Las Palmas. Incentives and Experiences.

Las Palmas Ports and its flagship, La Luz Port and Las Palmas have one of the most enviable site and geo-strategic location in the world. Located in the Canary Islands, Spain, it is the southernmost port of Europe, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, very close to the African continent, only 80 km away from its coast, keeping an excellent communication through our shiplines.

The Port is best-known for being a great Service Port, able to offer all the services the ships and logistic companies require: draughts up to 22 m, 14 km of mooring, tugs, cranes, ship repairs, bunkering, goods transportation, container terminals, etc.

SESSION II: Industry 4.0 and Smart Shipyards.

As a result of the progressive implantation of the Industry 4.0 paradigm, shipyards and naval workshops are also embracing this revolution. Challenges include: improved identification, traceability, indoor location, all of them from production and through their life, additive manufacturing, etc. improving productivity and safety. Talks and discussions among the forefront of the 4.0 revolution in the naval and port industries will lead this session.

The Mid Atlantic Ship Repair & Supply Summit Las Palmas Port will be held at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a modern, cosmopolitan city with a mild and pleasant climate considered internationally as “the best climate in the world”. The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, designed by the architect Óscar Tusquets, is one of the most unique and representative buildings in the city. Located at the end of Las Canteras beach, this isolated and autonomous fortress was designed as a beacon to signal and protect the city. Since its inauguration, the image of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium as a watchtower on Las Canteras beach has become one of the most emblematic prints of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

SESSION III: New Strategies within the IMO Emissions Regulation.

The International Maritime Organization has a series of regulations in place to address air pollution from ocean-going vessels and also has plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. New fuels and approaches to converge with this regulation will be discussed. LNG being one of the important options, even more taking into account the gas fields offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

SESSION IV: Marine Renewable Energies.

The Canaries have officially proposed to reach 2025 with 45% of their demand for electricity covered with renewable sources, through the expansion of their renewable energy park, now comprised of 153 MW of wind and 166 of solar, but this entails consuming a lot of land, a very scarce commodity on any island. In the Canaries there are aprox. 1500 km2 of marine area, which represents less than 5% of territorial waters, that could be used for wind offshore energy, able to produce aprox. 86.000 GWh per year, nearly 10 times the total annual electricity consumption of the islands. The Port of Las Palmas can play a fundamental role in order to provide support in the value chain of the marine renewable field and to attract operators.

The Mid Atlantic Ship Repair & Supply Summit Las Palmas Port will be held at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a modern, cosmopolitan city with a mild and pleasant climate considered internationally as “the best climate in the world”. The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, designed by the architect Óscar Tusquets, is one of the most unique and representative buildings in the city. Located at the end of Las Canteras beach, this isolated and autonomous fortress was designed as a beacon to signal and protect the city. Since its inauguration, the image of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium as a watchtower on Las Canteras beach has become one of the most emblematic prints of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.