2038: Future Visions with Carla Grifo


As part of Port Technology International’s exclusive series with INFORM, Matthew Wittemeier, Director of Marketing and Sales at INFORM’s Terminal & Distribution Logistics Division, sat down with Carla Grifo, Global Innovation, Systems & Technology Senior Manager at DP World.

The experts explored what the future, near and far, might hold for the industry.

In INFORM’s first 2038: Future Visions of 2022, Grifo offers valuable insights about how ports can make way for new technology and how it’s likely to affect efficiency, sustainability, and employment in maritime.

Starting from the year 2020, Matthew and Carla explored the BoxBay concept from DP World – a transformative vertical stacking system which has the potential to revolutionise container management in terminals.

BoxBay has absolutely become a reality, and with it, the ability to bring automation at an entirely new level to the industry,” Grifo noted.

By 2030, the duo broached the topic of sustainability progress – and what success looks like in eight years’ time.

“What I really hope… is that environmental measures will be addressed seriously by [2030],” Grifo posited.

“I’m also involved in looking at decarbonistion for our industry. A lot of measures can have a serious impact as opposed to just saying, ‘Okay, electrification’ — they can go far beyond that. Trends related to the environment are the ones that need to be taken seriously now and will already be impactful by 2030.”

By the year 2038, Carla highlighted the emerging demand for a multi-skilled talent pipeline; break siloes, and improve communication – especially amongst human beings in our industry.

To read the full interview click here

What is 2038: Future Vision?

2038: Future Visions is a series of interviews from leading maritime logistics professionals who share their view of what the future of our industry will look like in the year 2038. It is brought to you in partnership with Port Technology. 2038: Future Visions builds on the award-winning book 2038: A Smart Port Story Inform published in 2019.

What is 2038: A Smart Port Story?

2038: A Smart Port Story explores the terminal of the future and the intricacies of technology and its impact on both the port industry and society. Join Douglas as he unravels the mystery around an incident at the Port of Reykjavik, which sees an AGV collide with a human leaving their life hanging perilously in the balance.

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