In addition, public authorities will have to combine or coordinate the electronic transmission of the data to ensure that information is submitted or provided only once and re-used to the maximum extent possible.
The amendments adopted at the session are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2024.
The Facilitation Convention was adopted in 1965 and contains standards and recommended practices and rules for simplifying formalities, documentary requirements and procedures on ships’ arrival, stay and departure.
The committee also approved related guidelines on authentication, integrity and confidentiality of information exchanges via maritime single windows and related services, which are aligned with the IMO Compendium and revised guidelines for setting up a maritime single window.
The updated annex to the FAL Convention includes provisions derived from lessons learned during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contracting Governments and their relevant public authorities are required to allow ships and ports to remain fully operational during a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), in order to maintain complete functionality of global supply chains to the greatest extent possible.
The ‘IAPH Cybersecurity Guidelines for Ports and Port Facilities’ are intended for use by port management and urge operators to consider cyber risks in the context of their own operations and develop a cyber risk management strategy that includes technical training for staff.
The Port of Barcelona has launched its latest Innovation Plan, placing emphasis on economic and social growth.
The plan was recently unveiled by Damià Calvet, President of the Port of Barcelona, and Emma Cobos, Director of Innovation and Business Strategy.
According to the port, innovation means turning new ideas into value for the port community, its customers, and society at large.
The new Innovation Plan, which develops the proposals specified in the port’s Fourth Strategic Plan, establishes its own innovation model based on the smart port concept and therefore considers that innovation must be sustainable, open, collaborative, demand-driven, aligned with the port’s strategy, and have a string technological base.
The scheme defines three main objectives: strengthening the Port of Barcelona’s role as a driver of economic growth and recovery; driving innovation and digitisation of the logistics ecosystem; and fostering synergies with the city in this area.
The plan is structured around four lines of action:
Developing nimble and cross-cutting management tools involving the port community of Barcelona;
Forging alliances with the innovative environment of Barcelona;
Stimulating sectoral innovation;
Disseminating the port’s innovative activity.
Calvet went on to explain that the Port of Barcelona “has always been at the forefront of the Spanish port system and also of the Mediterranean and European ports when it comes to proposing, designing and putting into service innovative solutions.”
According to the President, Barcelona “is today one of Europe’s tech capitals, highlighting its commitment to developing mobility and energy model solutions that facilitate the transition to a sustainable city model that takes particular care of people and the environment.”
Consequently, the Innovation Plan proposes “a new model of participation, which must be collaborative and open, and which requires the active involvement of Barcelona Port Community and the innovative ecosystem of the city.
“We have set ourselves the goal that all of this powerful technological and innovative ecosystem that is being developed in Barcelona will look out to sea.”
Cobos continued by stressing the importance of having “a structure that is more nimble than the Port Authority, able to promote new initiatives quickly and efficiently”.
For this reason, the Innovation Plan provides for “the creation of the BCN Port Innovation Foundation, which will facilitate the management of innovative initiatives and the acceleration of technological, environmental and energy transition projects that must facilitate the transformation of Barcelona and its Port”.
BCN Port Innovation is a private foundation with a prominent participation of companies from the Port Logistics Community as partners and the Port of Barcelona together with two technology companies, Ackcent and Aggity as founding patrons, which Cobos says will provide a dynamic and external vision to the port maritime sector.
The organisation will be the meeting and debate forum in which port companies will discuss the increasing challenges being generated by international transport and logistics.
The Director of Innovation and Business Strategy added: “There can be no open innovation without alliances and collaboration.”
In this connection, there are plans to promote the Blue District, a forum for sectorial innovation located mainly in the Port Vell area, where such facilities are already set up.
A total of €90 million ($100 million) of the funds will go towards onshore power supply systems.
The remaining €20 million ($22 million) will be used to roll out the network that includes the Port Substation, the high-voltage connection to Red Eléctrica’s Ronda Litoral Substation, and the roll-out of the medium voltage network throughout the precinct.
The Port of Tyne will define a path to net-zero enabled by a real-time digital platform together with Siemens, Newcastle University, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Connected Places Catapult.
As there are still many obstacles to achieving decarbonisation, the digital platform aims to become a reference point throughout the port’s net-zero transition by supporting the creation of business cases, scenario planning, and investment cases.
It will also allow the project consortium to assess the technical, environmental, and economic impact of the port in the future.
The Port of Tyne has released that the roadmap sets out a possible timeline for implementing changes to reach the 2050 goal and the project will be updated to reflect the evolving world and market accordingly.
Find out more on the newly-launched digital platform in PTI’s ‘Smart Digital Ports of the Future 2022’ edition of the Port Technology International Journal, as we welcomed a submission from Ian Blake – Head of Innovation and Technology, Port of Tyne 2050 Maritime Information Hub.
Aidrivers has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PortxGroup, agreeing to collaborate on business opportunities around autonomous mobility solutions in the Australasia region.
Under the newly signed agreement, both parties are focusing their attention on the provision and delivery of AI-enabled autonomous mobility solutions, autonomation simulation, and digital twinning with V2X-enabled fleet operator for ground handling equipment in ports, warehouses, and intralogistics operations.
Based in Melbourne, PortxGroup provides container cranes, container spreaders, terminal tractors, cabins and parts, and offerings engineering solutions, maintenance and servicing for all types of cargo handling equipment.
According to Aidrivers, the expertise, skills, and technical knowledge of both companies complement each other perfectly.
“We are thrilled to have signed this agreement with PortxGroup and look forward to a very fruitful collaboration,” said Dr Rafiq Swash, CEO of Aidrivers.
“PortxGroup has broad experience in offering and delivering industrial equipment and automation solutions and has a substantial market network and in-depth knowledge in the industry.
“We are confident that through this cooperation, Aidrivers and PortxGroup are well placed to drive forward key AI-enabled autonomous mobility solutions and innovation in the operationally demanding industry of ports and logistics sector.”
Peter McLean, Founder and Chairperson of PortxGroup, added: “PortxGroup and Aidrivers represent a powerful partnership with the knowledge and expertise required to create real change in port operations.
“This is a significant milestone for PortxGroup in delivering cutting edge, safety focused, sustainable and effective solutions in ports and logistics sector.”
The investment plan includes the clearing and dredging of its navigational waters, various improvements to its hydro-technical constructions, and the modernisation of several berths.
8. Port of Helsinki
Container volumes at the Port of Helsinki also declined in Q1 2022. The port is an important hub for containers in transit to and from Russia, therefore was severely impacted by major shipping lines suspending cargo bookings to the country.
Helsinki’s container throughput for the first three months of 2022 dropped by 10.27 per cent to 112,318 TEU.
7. Port of HaminaKotka
The Port of HaminaKotka suffered the same effects as the Port of Helsinki and saw its throughput for the quarter drop due to the impact of the Ukraine war.
A total of 140,300 TEU moved through the port’s facilities during the quarter, a year-on-year decrease of 15.64 per cent.
6. Port of Aarhus
The Port of Aarhus, Denmark’s largest deep-sea port, enters the next spot on our list.
Containers at the port grew by 3.26 per cent in Q1 2022 to 181,000 TEU.
The capacity is said to allow the container terminal to plan for additional reefer cargo.
5. The Port of Gothenburg
Russian trade via the Port of Gothenburg has traditionally been very small and so the port’s container handling results have not been majorly impacted by the events in Ukraine.
Over the first three months of 2022, Gothenburg processed 212,000 TEU, an increase of slightly above 4 per cent year-on-year. Over half of the volumes that passed through the port during the period were transported by rail.
It is worth noting that whereas the world’s largest container carriers such as Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM have suspended cargo bookings to/from Russia in response to the Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the impressive result from Gdańsk may mean growth on other directions.
Under its ‘Improving access to the Port of Gdańsk – modernisation of fairways 2’ project, the Port of Gdańsk will extend four quays in the inner port area with a total length of 1,916 metres, including railway infrastructure.
Each port’s Q1 container handling figures from over the last four years have been summarised in the table below.
“It’s a huge milestone that MSC Thailand has decided to digitalise 100 per cent of our traditional DO to the e-DO service to facilitate ease of doing business for our customers in Thailand,” said Rungruedee Kurutuch, Deputy Managing Director at MSC Thailand.
“It’s not always easy to change traditional ways of working in the logistics supply chain and bring everyone from importers/brokers to carriers and terminals/depots from paper-based over to fully electronic goods release, but once everyone adapts to the new environment, we will all derive benefits from this change in long run.”
“We’ve already seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of Delivery Orders processed through the CODEX platform by MSC in Thailand,” added Vineet Malhotra, Director and Co-Founder at Kale Logistics Solutions.
“With e-DO penetration gaining ground with all MSC customers, we are confident that automation will speed up the process, reduce workload, improve overall compliance, and contribute to faster freight delivery.”
Over a period of three months, drones will be deployed to measure the sulphur content in exhaust plumes from ships in the Baltic Sea to identify violations of the applicable limit values.
The drones are set to take off from the Bundeswehr base in Staberhuk, on the East coast of Fehmarn Island, and fly specifically to ships operating in the Fehmarnbelt and in the Kadetrinne/Kadetrenden.
After samples have been collected, the measurement results will be made available in real-time to responsible authorities in all European ports via THETIS-EU – the Port State Control information system operated by EMSA – to ensure sulphur content in the Baltic Sea Emission Control Area (SECA) does not exceed 0.10 per cent.
In addition to ship exhaust gas measurements, multispectral aerial imagery will be acquired to extract depth values for shallow waters.
Collected imagery will also provide three-dimensional mapping of the shore zone.
The drones will be operated by the Norwegian company Nordic Unmanned on behalf of EMSA, while the sensor technology and analysis capabilities for the emission measurements will be supplied by the Danish company Explicit ApS.
Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer at MSC and Chairman of The Supervisory Board at the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), called on quickened adoption of electronic bills of lading (eBLs) and standardisation of digital communication along the supply chain.
Speaking at a webinar on trade digitalisation held by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Economic Forum (WEF), Simha noted that ports and vessels are particularly prone to global risks: including ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns, natural disasters, and conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Simha placed an emphasis on standardisation – stakeholders utilising technologies and digital platforms that speak the same language – and eBLs to improve the reliability of shipping and port operations; enhance cargo visibility; and spread digital information throughout the supply chain to improve responses to challenges in logistics.
The MSC eBL announced in April 2021 is now close to a six-figure number of issuances globally. But to advance e-documentation adoption further, Simha called on all stakeholders to be in lockstep.
“To make the move to eBL, all stakeholders need to be aligned. Banks and governments have to speed up efforts [on] the regulatory front towards acceptance and adoption of digital documentation, ensuring eDocs are part of international trade agreements.”
Earlier this year the DCSA jointly announced the Future of International Trade (FIT) Alliance, bringing together BIMCO, the DCSA, FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and SWIFT to cooperate on standards.
Simha noted that digital technology is a “critical and key initiative” to preventing bottlenecks in supply chains.
“Some 90 per cent of goods move on ships, [with] around 100,000 vessels moving around the world annually. It’s a huge and complex industry,” Simha said.
“It’s also paper-heavy, and in the end [the supply chain] is only as strong as its weakest link.”
“In 2019 the carriers took the initiative to create a neutral, non-profit association with open source standards, with the goal of boosting interoperability. In a newly integrated world, it makes no sense to develop new technologies without embracing new standards.”
Aidrivers, the global specialist in AI-enabled autonomous solutions across industrial mobility, and CVS Ferrari, the producer of high-quality and innovative industrial heavy lifting equipment, have agreed to a new strategic collaboration which will focus on the development and refinement of advanced autonomous container handling solutions.
The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate as partners and collaborate on autonomous container handling opportunities in this rapidly advancing sector. The cooperation will initially focus on autonomous hybrid and electric empty container handlers.
Aidrivers provides autonomous mobility solutions for industrial mobility automation which optimises clients’ business operations and enable the delivery of efficient and quality services.
CVS Ferrari operates with two factories located in Italy, manufacturing high capacity and container handling lift trucks, reach stackers, forklift trucks, both conventional thermic and hybrid or electric powered, along with a range of attachments, for intermodal handling and industrial applications.
“Aidrivers and CVS Ferrari will collaborate and bring together our complementary skills, resources and technical knowledge,” said Aidrivers founder and CEO Dr Rafiq Swash. “From Aidrivers’ side, we will bring our unique and innovative AI-enabled autonomous solutions for industrial automation. CVS Ferrari brings to the partnership a track record and reputation for extremely highly reliable and modern machines, built with the highest-quality components, using advanced design, remoted monitoring, diagnostic and maintenance technology.
“CVS Ferrari is also known to be an industry front runner in the pursual of equipment energy regeneration and recycling, in the convincement that green and free recovered energy represents the future of reducing carbon footprint and environmental impact, whilst slashing total cost of ownership.”
Automation will be critical for successful inland and waterway ports in the future, said Dr Swash. “Aidrivers’ ability to retrofit existing vehicles and equipment will be key for those port operators looking to make the transformation, as well as collaborate with existing OEMs on new vehicles, at a pace that works for them. Automation delivers predictability, reliability and safety in terminal operations.”
Davide Bertozzi, director of Sales and Product Marketing of CVS Ferrari, said: “We are excited to collaborate with Aidrivers in the development of fully autonomous container handlers as they represent the new frontier of efficiency enhancements for logistic operations of any size. This market is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years and CVS Ferrari along with Aidrivers are uniquely positioned to capture a large share of this surging demand.
“CVS Ferrari’s know-how, focus and product development roadmap represent the ideal platform to combine with Aidrivers advanced technologies and core competences, to give birth to a next generation of green and autonomous container handling solutions. Solutions that will transition the industry in a new era of sustainable, digital and intelligent logistic systems”.