The PIER, a global center of excellence for research and collaboration in port innovation, planning and strategy in Halifax, Canada, and homePORT, an innovation campus in the Port of Hamburg in Germany, are “very similar,” according to the two port authorities.
According to the statement, the goals of The PIER and homePORT are very similar in terms of basic concepts and vision. Since the two innovation ecosystems have a similar direction, both organizations want to increase their cooperation to create added value.
Therefore, The PIER and homePORT Hamburg will build a joint maritime innovation network platform as an “Open Innovation Platform” with the aim of exchanging best practices, solutions and challenges. Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, and Allan Gray, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, signed the agreement on February 21, 2023 on the sidelines of the GreenTech for Ports and Terminals Conference 2023.