Ashdod Port Company continues to expand with another innovation embassy overseas, this time at the Port of Santos, in Brazil. A cooperation agreement on innovation was signed between the two ports. This cooperation is a milestone for establishing a new innovation representative and a joint channel for activity on innovation issues to promote technologies in the maritime field.
Following the signing, 35 senior officials from Brazil arrived in Israel this morning (30.5) to visit the Ashdod Port. The delegation included Marcio Franca, the Minister of Ports and Airports of Brazil, Eduardo Neri, General Director of “Entec" - the Governmental Maritime Traffic Authority in Brazil, Fabio Perez, Secretary of the Santos Government, representatives of the Brazilian Maritime Transport Agency, representatives from Brazilian media, representatives of hi-tech companies, and more. The delegation was welcomed by the Incoming Chairman of Ashdod Port, Shaul Schneider, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Ashdod Port, Eli Bar Yosef, and the Manager of the Ashdod Port's innovation system, Mr. Roi Abrahami.
The delegation arrived at Ashdod Port to learn about the port's activities, which is the largest port in Israel, for all sectors - containers, cruise ships, general cargo, and also, the unique innovation activity that leads acceleration processes and is a test field for many Israeli startups.
Signing of the cooperation agreement is part of Ashdod Port's innovation strategy, which aims to expand the activities of the world of port technological incubators established by Ashdod Port in early 2021, through the distribution of innovation embassies that will operate on behalf of the Port in ports and research bodies around the world.
This representative office joins similar offices established in cooperation with Ashdod Port, and operate successfully in recent years in New York, New Jersey, Barcelona, Florida, and more. A start-up that will participate in the technology incubator will benefit from an experimental field where it can implement its venture, and the support of an innovation agent on behalf of the port, alongside the expansion of business and technological opportunities at the Port of Santos, one of the largest ports in the world.
The Incoming Chairman of Ashdod Port's Board of Directors, Shaul Schneider, said: "We welcome the cooperation agreement with the Port of Santos, which will help us find unique solutions to our common challenges. This cooperation is part of a strategic move to promote Israeli technologies worldwide. Expanding operations of the startups operating at Ashdod Port to leading ports worldwide will significantly help strengthen the international and economic ties of Ashdod Port, as well as the State of Israel, as a startup nation."
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Ashdod Port, Eli Bar Yosef, said: "The cooperation with the Port of Santos is another step in promoting the world of innovation and startups at Ashdod Port. At Ashdod Port's technological incubator, startups operate in various fields that can help the world of shipping and make it more efficient, starting from logistics and transportation through to cyber and green energy. As Israel's national port, we are proud to help leverage Israeli innovation overseas."