PORTOPIA will continue the work initiated by its previous EU co-funded PPRISM project, which was co-ordinated by the European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) between 2010 and 2011, and led to the publication of the first European Port Performance Dashboard. The latter, followed the positive evaluation of several stakeholders from the port industry as well as the European Commission.

PORTOPIA is the new FP7 collaborative project co-ordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), launched last 1st of September 2013.  The kick-off meeting took place in Brussels on the 17th of September 2013. One of the goals is to create a sustainable learning and self-improvement platform for all port industry stakeholders.




PORTOPIA presents an international consortium of academic, research and industrial partners with comprehensive experience to succeed in reaching the objectives. The academic partners, including the core partners of the PORTOPIA project, all have established track records in various domains of port performance management, and are responsible for or contribute to existing systems of port industry endorsed port performance management in the EU and beyond (such as the Dutch Port Monitor, the Baltic Port List, the ECOPORTS project, the AAPA port users perceptions project, etc.). All academic partners have strong links with the port industry and its core stakeholders, in the EU and beyond.

Furthermore, research institutes managing and supporting on-going related industries’ Key Performance Indicators (KPI) projects are included as well (e.g. the Shipping KPI project). Finally, substantial industry participation is guaranteed through the inclusion of the European Seaports Organization (ESPO) as a project partner, giving direct access to the port authorities in the EU, accession countries and partnering countries and integrating the existing project on port governance (the so-called ‘fact-finding’ study) and the port performance dashboard run by ESPO following the PPRISM project. The main port industry stakeholders (terminal operators, shipping lines, shippers, forwarders, agents, pilots, boatmen, tugowners, port community systems, port cities, etc.) are formally included through associated partnerships, ensuring EU wide access to port industry stakeholders for the purposes of indicator development, validation and implementation.

The ICT and Knowledge Management System developed will be supported by industrial partners with a proven record of experience in European projects on data collection and management, within and outside the maritime and port industry.