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Ports of the Future

This edition of The Journal of Ports & Terminals sees the world’s leading smart ports articulate their operations, practices and plans for the future in order to show what makes them the world’s leading digital ports. The edition also features insight into a variety of key topics and includes DP World, ABB, Navis, Accenture and a host of leading academics.

Papers in this edition:


Securing Maritime Software Systems Academia & Industry Working Together

The maritime sector is crucial to the world economy, and the computer technology that manages it is critical to its successful operation. Maritime transportation increasingly relies on information and communications technology (ICT) to manage and optimize its operations and services.

The Connected Supply Chain: Enhancing Risk Management in a Changing World

As supply chains become more global and interconnected, their exposure to risk increases. Higher demand volatility, unprecedented technologocial changes, and supply chain speed intensify risk exposure. In this context, academics and practitioners often suggest that supply chain have not been as exposed to risks as they are now since the end of WWII.

Ports in the New Manufacturing Landscape

The association between ports and manufacturing has constantly evolved through technological and economic changes. Prior to containerization, there were strong linkages between ports and heavy industrial activities, and indirectly with lighter forms of manufacturing.

Eco-efficiency in Terminal Operations

Over the years, the cargo handling industry has made tremendous strides in developing the eco-efficiency of cargo and material handling through more efficient machines, optimization of cargo flows, as well as intelligent equipment and automation.

Kuenz FREERIDER: The Next Level of RTG

When conceptualizing the next generation of RTG crane, we at Kuenz were clear that we could not succeed if we weren’t willing to break the mold. We didn’t want to do a simple cut-and-paste job from previous iterations, so the primary objective was to meet the requirements of the future container handling business for more efficiency and speed, as well as enhanced ergonomics.

Making Vessel Visits More Efficient

“Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.” This quote is attribute to former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and today, it is quite a similar reality for terminals preparing strategies in a hyper-competitive market. As of this level of competition, the maritime transportation industry faces both challenges and opportunities.

Building Smart Ports: Through Many Small Steps

Smart ports is a topical theme in the maritime industry as ports, terminals, shipping and the logistics chain seek to understand and take advantages of technology to improve the productivity of all aspects of their businesses.

Creating the Smart Port: The Quest for Interconnectivity

Representing some 170 ports in over ninety countries, member ports of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) handle about 80% of world container traffic and more than 60% of all international maritime trade.

Blockchain and Supply Chain Integration

There is much talk about the potential benefits of blockchain technology for the supply chain industry and many efforts are underway to demonstrate blockchain’s capabilities.

Algeciras Next-Gen Port: The Smart Future

Algeciras Port is evolving from an infrastructure owner and port service regulator role to a business facilitator and port ecosystem orchestrator, and this paper explains how

Will the Future of Shipping be Based Ashore?

Since the International Maritime Organization’s introduction of the concept of e-Navigation in 2006, development and integration of new and sophisticated information and communication technologies are gaining ground.



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