Three universities – the University of Hamburg, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Hamburg University of Technology have qualified for the final of the Port Equipment Manufacturers’ Association Student Challenge competition, which is billed to take place at TOC Europe in Rotterdam in June.
This was contained in press statement made available to PortNews by the association in Lagos, Nigeria.
According to Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), ‘In April 2018, the 6th PEMA Student Challenge question was announced, marking the official launch of this year’s competition. With a strong focus on reducing the environmental impact of ports, teams were tasked with drawing on existing technologies such as shore power and green energy to propose a sustainable, yet economically competitive solution.
‘Having qualified through the first stage of the competition, the top three teams now have just over one month to develop their original concepts to a complete proposal to present to the TOC Europe general assembly at the live final.’
It noted that following finalists’ presentations, the judging panel, comprising industry experts, journalists and prominent industry figures, will review each proposal according to innovation potential, practicability, and academic value with the overall winning team collecting the EUR 1,000 prize money.
With all qualifying teams having previously participated, this year promises to be an exciting event as the University of Hamburg will face tough competition defending their title of Student Challenge champions.
This year’s Student Challenge live final will be held on June 14 at 12:00pm in the TOC Seminar Theatre. It is free to attend for all delegates, speakers, visitors and exhibitors. PEMA will also be exhibiting at TOC Europe, at stand C112.