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:
PTI Editor Richard Joy review the Smart Ports & Supply Chain Technologies Conference 2018 in Rotterdam
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.
As the scale and complexity of container ports operations grow, more sophisticated and accurate methods are required to derive precise planning for next generation ports.
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.
In a world increasingly shaped by infrastructure initiatives – spearheaded by, but not limited to, the China-sponsored Belt and Road Initiative– connectivity is fast becoming a key area of statecraft.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Drones are transforming the way organisations operate across the world. While most are prevalent in the military and defence industry, seaports are climbing to the top of the list of industries in the commercial sector that can reap the benefits.
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.
Cooperation between seaports is an ever-recurring topic. Some academics have given it some attention, but it receives repeated exposure in the professional, specialized press.
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.
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.
Truck drayage operations are essential to link logistics nodes in the port and beyond
Shipping line consolidation, rationalization and new alliances have introduced new levels of complexity to the global supply chain, and this paper explores how ports can use this to their advantage
Long-standing trade routes are shifting and geopolitical events are driving economic uncertainty on a global scale.
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
This paper offers a deep insight into the interplay between governance and people, all with the aim of implementing smart processes that offer transformation at both the organisational and the community level
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.
The Port of Valencia has recently announced plans for a large, new US$1.4 billion terminal, with a 2-km berthing dock and 140-ha terminal area.
In the past couple of years, in order to create the capacity required for the number of containers transported all around the world, the size and number of containerships has increased significantly
Technology permeates our everyday activities, but its reach is even larger than that: governments and businesses are increasingly using their products and services to reshape
This paper takes us into the inner workings of the Port of Singapore, a port that gets such popular coverage on the PTI website
Automation and digitalization continue to drive changes in roles and processes, thereby impacting the entire terminal operation
This paper describes how Rotterdam is aiming to be the smartest port in the world, explaining some of its vision and activities in relation to digital technology. But what exactly is a smart port?