Environmental focus for PEMA Student Challenge

The 2018 PEMA Student Challenge will focus on 'Environmental challenge and productivity at ports' The 2018 PEMA Student Challenge will focus on 'Environmental challenge and productivity at ports'
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The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) Student Challenge for 2018 will centre on 'Environmental challenge and productivity at ports' focusing heavily on-air quality.

This year the challenge question mirrors a number of high profile international initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions in the maritime sector; most notably the IMO Energy Efficiency Project which came into force in January 2018.

Jon Sojo, export director, Tratos and member of the PEMA governing board, developed the question for this year’s competition.

“Without a doubt, environmental impact will be a driving factor in the construction of new terminals and this years’ question will challenge students to look ahead to consider how this issue will shape the landscape of the industry,” he said.

Call for entries

The competition will challenge competitors to draw on existing technologies such as shore power and green energy to propose a sustainable, yet economically competitive solution.

Its first stage will sees teams submit a two-page preliminary abstract, outlining their solution to the Student Challenge question. The teams will be judged, not only on their technical knowledge and creativity but also their ability to establish a realistic and cost-effective solution which could be implemented in a real port environment.

As tradition, the three teams with the best preliminary abstracts will be invited to the Student Challenge live final at TOC Europe in Rotterdam, 14 June. Here they will present a detailed proposal to a judging panel made up of journalists and industry experts, with the winning team receiving the cash prize of €1,000.

The PEMA Student Challenge is the only one of its kind in the ports sector and acts as a catalyst for developing talent, helping to bringing up the next generation of industry leaders and promoting the global role of the ports and terminals industry.

The first stage of the competition is now open and teams have until the 20 April 16:00 CET to submit their two-page (A4) abstract summary on their proposed solution to info@pema.org

More information from Fae Brennan PEMA Secretariat on +44 7766 228 958

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