Welcome to our Smart Digital Ports of the Future 2022 edition of the Port Technology International Journal!
This is the first in-person international event produced by Port Technology International prior to the pandemic: and it is a pleasure to welcome so many industry leaders to Rotterdam, one of Europe’s premier container hubs, for the two-day event answering many of the sector’s challenges through digitalisation, optimisation, and forward-thinking philosophies from ports and logistics chains.
With that said, we would be doing our readership a disservice if we did not match our high-quality agenda with a similar set of content submissions for this Port Technology 120 Journal edition.
We are delighted to welcome a pair of submissions from the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) on its latest progressions. From its Network of Trusted Networks with ports across Morocco, to collaboration with the Port of Antwerp on drone usage, Port Community Systems are becoming more agile and connected to provide efficiencies in the supply chain.
In the Northeast of the United Kingdom, the Port of Tyne is harnessing data to better understand its operational processes. The newly-launched digital platform as part of the Clean Tyne project, providing real-time information on the port’s energy use to help the facility reduce its carbon emissions.
We welcome a submission from Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel, of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on digitising inland supply chains in the US to improve operational efficiencies. Throughout the pandemic we have seen bottlenecks not just at maritime hubs, but inland networks also. Commissioner Bentzel gives the latest on his work with logistics stakeholders to improve the sector’s output in the years ahead.
At the coalface of those cargo flows is the Port of Los Angeles. The Western Hemisphere’s largest port, the Port of LA has expanded its Port Optimizer platform to all container terminals in its facility. Users can now benefit from a swathe of new features; including current containerised import volumes, projected container arrivals and current vessels at anchorage.