Editor’s Picks: The Best of Edition 79


Edition 79 is here, and with so many incredible papers to choose from, here are the top six to help you start!

Following the theme of our Smart Ports and Supply Chain Technologies conference (#SPSC18), this edition of the journal features seven papers written by speakers to whet your appetite for the event, but it also covers an incredible spectrum of technologies from many different sectors.

It was tough to pick just six papers, so I would like to give special mentions to Derek Kober of Navis with his paper ‘Working as One: Data Sharing’, ‘Digital Freight Forwarding’ by Adam Yaron of FAST Applications, ‘Port Community Connectivity: Platforms and Landside’ by Chris Collins of Containerchain, and ‘Maximizing Port Safety: Mission Critical Communications’ by Tim Clark of Motorola Solutions.


Below are the six editor’s picks from The Journal of Ports & Terminals Edition 79:


#1 The Turning Point for Smart Ports: The fourth paper in Wolfgang Lehmacher’s series continues an incredible streak of insight from the World Economic Forum executive, who has created a unique picture of how technology is changing the landscape of supply chains. In this paper, Lechmacher has explained the strategic values required by ports that aim to embrace and transition to emerging and existing digital tools. This final installment before the Smart Ports and Supply Chain conference provides a flavour of the kind of discussion that will take place between Lehmacher and other speakers at the event on October 2-3. If the paper does leave you with questions, and you are unable to attend the conference, you can send them to Port Technology via email.


#2 20 Years of High-Definition Simulation in the Port Industry: Congratulations to the TBA team, who have celebrated 20 years of simulating port and terminal operations by presenting Port Technology with a superb technical paper that insightfully shares what the company has discovered during its time educating the next generation of engineers and solving some of the industry’s greatest logistical problems. In the paper, Dr. Yvo Saanen, Pascal Bierhuizen and Arjen de Waal have explained what valuable lessons they have learned from TBA projects, with issues relating to congestion-free routing and A-STRAD behaviour. TBA has also shared figures on container yard efficiency, with one comparing the actions of automated guided vehicles in standard and congestion-free routing.


3# Rethinking Port-Wide Autonomy: If you want to understand why secure data connectivity is so important to the development of ports, Chris Mason of Rajant has created the perfect guide to achieving port-wide autonomy. His paper has detailed why such facilities require capabilities that are beyond Wi-Fi and LTE’s reach and how wireless infrastructure can enable autonomous port operations. Mason has expertly explained how forward-thinking port operators can grasp the economic advantages of connectivity, and why wireless communications are so critical to ports, however, he has also warned of the dangers that can arise when port operators turn to the wrong technology.


4# How to Become a Smart Port City of Call: Dell EMC’s impressive first appearance in The Journal of Ports and Terminals, represented by authors Benjamin Vernooij and Mary Etienne, is indicative of the pace of change in the ports and terminals industry. Although Port Technology’s editors have always strived to include a plethora of innovative solution providers as journal contributors, the range of key industry players is broadening at an ever-increasing rate due to the exponential growth of the global supply chain. Port and terminal executives have started waking up to the fact that they need to use ‘smart’ technologies to move goods more effectively, which is why Dell’s guide to how they can start this transition into a ‘Marine 4.0’ digital future should prove extremely popular.


5# Developing a National Trade Community System: Matt Kuperholz from PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia is another exciting author making a Port Technology debut. He has perfectly encapsulated the Smart Ports and Supply Chains theme by writing about PwC Australia’s involvement in a national ‘trade community platform’, which aims to digitize the end-to-end supply chain in Australia and to connect it with other global platforms. The paper goes into great depth about how the professional services network is working with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Port of Brisbane to implement a distributed ledger to bring Australian international trade to the 21st Century.


6# PortForward: Towards a Green and Sustainable Ecosystem: Port Technology is proud to be one of the first publications to print details on PortForward, a European Union Horizon 2020 framework project that aims to enhance the sustainability of maritime shipping. Afshin Mansouri and Stefanos Kokkorikos, two well-respected engineers who are leading and managing different elements of PortForward, have thoroughly explained how they plan to make the port of the future smarter, greener and more interconnected using a combination of optimization, decision support, and ICT/IoT solutions. The authors excellently set out how the project will aim to reduce the environmental impacts of port operations and facilitate information flows between ports and port communities.

Laurence Doe

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