The supply chain is altering to fit a smarter future; technologies once perceived as threats are quickly becoming opportunities. This edition explores beyond the port to inform its readership about the incoming changes that will evolve ports into 'smart' nodes.
Papers in this edition:
Two trends have defined container shipping in the past decade. To start with, bigger and bigger ships were built at an unprecedented pace and the result was systemic overcapacity.
Already used for real-time location and status of millions of trucks, trailers, containers, and other cargo units, Industrial Internet of Things is set to move into a new value phase.
In 2016, Künz started designing the new Künz Informaton System (KIS), which is based on the Senseforce Software.
The nefarious hacker has been around for a long time, despite popular culture painting a picture of the hacker as a uniquely modern phenomenon
INFORM's '2038: A Smart Port Story' by Dr. Eva Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier follows the events that unfold when 'Douglas', an upper-mid-level INTERPOL employee, is interrupted on his holiday in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa of Iceland by a serious incident in the Port of Reykjavik.
From Shanghai to Los Angeles, IT services and systems now connect the various infrastructures of the supply chain, creating a complex web of dependencies.
In principle, everything that is moved also needs to be slowed down. Safety has always been the single most important factor in this regard.
The project PortForward, funded by EU Horizon 2020 framework, aims to enhance the sustainability of maritime shipping by making the Port of the Future smarter, greener and more interconnected.
TT Club, in conjunction with global management consulting firm McKinsey, recently published the ‘Brave new world? – Container transport in 2043’ report, which summarises the passionate thoughts and opinions of industry leaders on what the future holds for the container industry over the next 25 years.
While recent political events including a potential Trade War prompted by the US President have focussed attention on customs and tariffs, a report to the World Economic Forum concluded that, ‘there are far more significant impediments to trade than tariffs’.
Energy quite literally makes the world go round, and without it, there wouldn’t be much we as humans and consumers could make or do.
Ship-to-shore (STS) loading systems form a bridge between container ships and port facilities to allow easy loading and unloading of cargo hold.
This paper assesses the influence of wave drift forces for the design of navigable areas in ports or harbours subject to high swell waves in terms of resources required for the manoeuvres, as well as in the area occupied by the vessels during the transit in approach channels.
This paper focuses on the on business developments in global supply chains and the accompanying logistics challenges for ports and port hinterlands, driven by the opportunities that new technologies provide. It discusses a number of challenges related to the organization of global supply chains and container logistics markets.
Global shipping liners such as APM-Maersk and MSC are currently operating 30 and 20 megaships of more than 18,000 TEUs in capacity, respectively, as of July 2018
The growing preponderance of information technologies in maritime shipping has led to an array of buzz words that tend to be rather meaningless without a proper context. One of the most abused terms is ‘smart’ as applied to logistics, such as ‘smart supply chains’ or ‘smart port’.
More than 20 years of operations, 1,000 projects across 250-plus terminals, over 500 man-years spent on simulation. Sound crazy? This the story so far for TBA.
This paper details why achieving port-wide autonomy requires capabilities that are beyond Wi-Fi and LTE’s reach, and what operators really need in a wireless infrastructure to effectively enable autonomous operations port-wide.
PwC has fully explained its vision to allow Australia's trade to be securely linked by data to all supply chain participants and between other supply chain platforms developing across the globe.
This article addresses the design needs of industry standard IEEE 519 for quay crane electrical systems, with a focus on how customized harmonic filters provide a superior end result for the crane drive and control system, as opposed to the application of ‘standardized’ harmonic filters.
Over the last ten years, indispensable feedering has kept true to the adage that the capability of a port decides the size of the feeder ship.
This paper explains why collaboration works so well in the supply chain and how VAKT and other blockchain-based platform developers can benefit traders, ports and terminals through a shared ledger.
In the recent decades there have been two independent new developments in the maritime shipment of containerized goods.
Emerging trends in the global maritime transport industry are creating new risks for ports; this paper explains how mission-critical communication is helping to mitigate these risks, increase competitiveness and ensure safe, efficient and secure port operations.
Kober presents an excellent argument for why greater visibility outweighs data sharing concerns, backing up his points with information gathered from port and terminal industry executives.
BiTA, a forum for the development of blockchain standards, reveals the potential that the digital ledger has to revolutionize the logistics industry.
This paper is an excellent read for port and terminal industry professionals who want to understand how the use of data and information can deliver more efficient activities at a port.
Collins has crafted a superb follow-up to his first paper by identifying why the coordinated discourse between market players and policymakers is crucial in the next wave of digital development in the container logistics supply chain.
Ports searching for a smart business model will find the concise steps shared by two brilliant minds at Dell EMC a recipe for how to transform logistics functions.
This paper examines the strategic values required by ports that aim to embrace and transition to emerging and existing digital tools in order to remain a vital node in the world of global commerce.