Picasso Project final conference at the Jovellanos Centre

The conference was attended by more than 130 representatives of various national and international organisations The conference was attended by more than 130 representatives of various national and international organisations

The Final Conference of the Picasso Project has been held at the Jovellanos Centre in Gijón, Spain. The Maritime Safety Agency is leading this project, co-funded by the European Union, the goal of which is to achieve safer and more efficient maritime transport by developing new technologies and training.

The main theoretical and practical outcomes developed within Picasso were presented.

Attendees to the conference also enjoyed a visit to the facilities of the Maritime Safety Centre, during which they were able to witness a fire-fighting exercise using the Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Simulator, a demonstration at the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) facility, and a rescue exercise. Then, in the wave pool, some of the specific technologies developed within the project were demonstrated: unmanned vessels in port environments and the automated man-overboard detection system using the rescue helicopter (Helimer) based in Gijón, the headquarters of which were also visited.

The conference was attended by more than 130 representatives of various national and international organisations related to the maritime and port sectors. It was closed by Ulf Svedberg, former head of innovation of the Swedish Merchant Marine, Captain José Anselmo, former head of the Motorways of the Seas and José Manuel Díaz, Head of Training at the Jovellanos Centre and of the Picasso Project.

Picasso is a project co-funded by the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme and aims to achieve a modern and highly-developed maritime transport system that will enable the sector to be safer, more efficient and sustainable by developing new technologies and training.

Picasso has a budget of 3.8 million euros and is part of the overall goal of developing the motorways of the seas in the European Union, in line with EU maritime transport policies.

The project has brought together 14 partners from 9 countries (Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, United Kingdom, Sweden and Portugal), and is headed by the Maritime Rescue Agency.

It was approved in July 2016 and has been developed through three activities: On-shore and on-board safety and security, Emergency simulations, and Training and the human factor.

By Jake Frith

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