We are delighted to announce the winners of the Ottonel Popesco Student Challenge by PEMA 2023!


2023 marked the 9th year milestone of the student challenge, with 8 Universities taking part.

Innovative machine design concepts that increase machine efficiency and reduce GRG emissions in ports and terminals

A topic that is of major significance at this time in the Port and Terminal industry.

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands  (represented by Michelle van Meijeren, Jasper Stoter, and Jorn Bijl – Under the guidance of Frederik Schulte) emerged victorious with their presentation on “Reducing Electricity Costs of Ship to Shore Container Cranes” which focussed on developing new operational policies to reduce the peak electricity demand of a cluster of ship to shore container cranes, in turn increasing the economically attractiveness of the cranes, while enabling local greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The winning students were presented their certificates and prize cheque on February 14th, 2024 by PEMA Board Member Lisette Stinis. 

We would like to thank all 7 University teams that took part in this years’ challenge with their creative, dynamic and innovative ideas.



Ottonel Popesco Student Challenge 2024


The Student Challenge Topic for 2024 will be announced here soon. If you are interested in learning more or entering the challenge – please email us on info@pema.org


The 2023 PEMA student challenge asked an open question that is of major significance at this time in the Port and Terminal industry:

Innovative Machine Design Concepts that Increase Machine Efficiency and Reduce GRG Emissions in Ports and Terminals.

Further Information

For more information on The Ottonel Popesco Student Challenge by PEMA please download the following document or email Laura Codd at info@pema.org

Challenge Sign-up

To sign up for The Ottonel Popesco Student Challenge by PEMA, you can download the Sign-up form below.