CS1 - Port of Valencia (Spain)

Valenciaport is Southern Europe’s leading Mediterranean port in terms of commercial traffic, mostly containerised cargo, due to its dynamic area of influence and an extensive network connecting it to major world ports.

Valenciaport is not only a key element in promoting the Valencia Region abroad, but also the maritime gateway for production and consumer goods to and from the entire Iberian Peninsula.

With its efficient infrastructure, its thirteen Terminals and Commercial Facilities, the Port of Valencia is a key asset to the region’s development and international status, providing new market opportunities for the regional economy in goods according the following types: Vehicles and transport elements, aagriculture, livestock and Foodstuffs, building material, chemical products, Iron and steel products; paper and wood pulp and wood and cork, among others. Containerised General Cargo represents more than 75% of the total port traffic in the Port of Valencia.

Valenciaport is a key player in the modernization and growth of the economy in the Valencian Region and Spain in general. Proof of this can be seen in the levels of employment and production associated with the port activities of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía

The employment generated by the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía amounts to 37,000 jobs, representing 2.05% of the total jobs in the Valencian Region. The monetary value of the gross salaries is € 1,194 million, representing 2.25% of the salary income of the Valencian Region. The Gross Value Added amounts to € 2,352 million per year, representing 2.49% of the total for the Valencian Region.

Case of Study: Large European Port

Climate area: Mediterranean

Main climate change parameters:

  • Heat waves
  • Cyclical submergence


With this project we will have the tool that supports strategic decision making for the planning of future port developments at both the infrastructure and design levels of port operations.

As a result of the above, it will be possible to establish a strategy to adapt to the impacts of change.

CS2 – Port of Bordeaux (France)

Connected and open to the world, Aquitaine benefits from the presence of a centrally-located port which is tailored to the region’s commercial and industrial needs: 300 ports all over the world are served each week by the terminals of Atlantic Port of Bordeaux, with quick access to all local and global markets.

With its efficient infrastructure, its seven specialised terminals and its strategic location on France’s Atlantic coast, the Port of Bordeaux is a key asset to the region’s development and international status, providing new market opportunities for the regional economy (sectors such as timber, agriculture, viticulture and energy).

It reinforces the appeal of the Bordeaux area, an economic hub midway between Paris and Madrid, and Western Europe’s gateway to the Atlantic.

As a driver of economic development and the digital economy, Atlantic Port of Bordeaux is recognised as a catalyst of innovation. The port is a platform for experimentation and makes its spaces, infrastructure and resources available to its partners in order to prepare the port of the futur.

Case of Study: Inland Port- Estuary

Climate area: Golf of Gascogne

Main climate change parameters:

  • Submergence
  • Lower upstream flow
  • Heat waves
  • Salinity


Climate change will have a very strong impact on port activities in the future. The rise in sea level and the decrease in the flow of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers are foreseeable, but the specific impacts on engineering structures, ship reception processes and general navigability in the Gironde estuary have not yet been determined.

The rise in temperatures will have an impact on the organisation of work and in particular on handling operations.

Finally, it will be necessary to anticipate the impacts of climate change on port customers (in particular farmers) in order to forecast traffic trends.  Consequently, it is essential to plan the port of Bordeaux of the future

CS3 – Port of Aveiro (Portugal)

Port of Aveiro is a reference as a logistic centre for the industries of the Portuguese centre region. By ensuring the provision of efficient port and maritime services geared to the logistical needs of the region’s exporting companies, it contributes to increasing the competitiveness of the industries installed in the Port of Aveiro hinterland.

Handling more than 5,5 M Tons/ Year, it is specialized in general cargo, liquid and solid bulk segments, having registered a high growth of agri-food products. Over the past 5 years, breakbulk cargo and project cargo have been growing.

An uncongested port, with large areas available for the installation of industrial units with access to private quay construction at its Logistics and Industrial Zone. It has excellent rail and road accessibilities to the dry ports and logistics hubs of its hinterland in Portuguese centre region and Spain, offering a flexible multimodal service.

Case of Study: Influence of Estuary

Climate area: Atlantic

Main climate change parameters:

  • Currents
  • Sea level
  • Sea waves
  • Sediment transport


The integration of adaptation to climate change in the various planning instruments of port activity is of particular importance to the Administration of the Port of Aveiro (APA). ECCLIPSE will contribute to identify the infrastructures and operations that are foreseeably sensitive to the impacts of climate change.

The main threats resulting from climate change will also be assessed, in particular the hydrodynamics changes, the sediment transport processes and also the rise in sea level, which are likely to be the most relevant aspects in the Aveiro area.

The port will evaluate the mitigation and adaptation actions resulting from the project and assess the impacts on the profitability of its operation, for various climate change scenarios.