An infographic released by maritime design company Arup shows what a typical port of the future may look like, with its advanced technologies for optimising cargo flows and adapting to its immediate environment.
PTI previously shared a video showing ‘Singa’ – the next generation container port – showing a futuristic design whereby containers are transported between the port’s two floors via a hole in the top floor, as well solar panel technologies.
Arup’s infographic details infrastructure that is able to adapt to various environmental conditions. For example, some areas are equipped with adaptive monitoring in order to more effectively deal with Global Warming.
Other futuristic container terminal designs have been invented by GRID Logistics who, in 2014, proposed a solution for eliminating roadway congestion via the use of pipelines for transporting container via rail.
As ships get larger, ports are having to come up with ever-more ingenious ways to adapt and optimise their operations. While increased infrastructure may not be the ultimate solution, the need for making better use of existing infrastructure is a priority that ports and terminals must consider.
The next issue of the PTI Journal – The Mega Ports Edition – is to feature some of the biggest ports in the world articulating their vision for the future, as well as special papers from Olaf Merk at the International Transport Forum, and Dr Oscar Pernia of Navis, writing on ‘The new era of mega-ports’ and ‘The port of the future’, respectively.