The shock to the global supply chain from the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of port operations, including construction and expansion.
However, amongst all this one principle remains key, flexibility. As pointed out by Mott MacDonald’s port planning team in the latest edition of the e-Journal, ports are demanding flexibility in their plans, and flexibility can mean how successful a port is at surviving periods of uncertainty.
Mott also discuss the impact of mega ships on port planning and how the company itself is evolving its own offering to incorporate more digital planning tools.
Meanwhile, Kalmar highlights the future of port operations post-COVID highlighting how the situation has led to an acceleration of remote capabilities and digitalisation of operations. Automation continues to be a hot topics and Kalmar discusses how it is being implemented into its own equipment offerings.
Also commenting on the impact of COVID-19, Harry Nguyen, RBS CEO, revealed how Cloud TOS could be the solution to the problems that COVID-19 has uncovered.
“In a crisis, a cloud environment offers safe and secure access from any place and anywhere, supporting the work from home approach,” Nguyen noted in his interview with Port Technology International (PTI).
In this edition of the e-Journal PTI also explores reefer shipping, one sector that is continuing to see growth throughout a period of significant downturn for the export and demand for consumer goods has otherwise been.
Additionally, Inform delves into how a port’s legacy system can be upgraded, enhanced and made fit for purpose with a simple ‘how-to guide’ the software company has developed.