The Port of Rotterdam has reportedly signed a deal with South Korea’s second-largest shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to build an interface between a smart ship and a smart port.
According to national reports, DSME will develop smart ships to call at smart ports over the next three years and is quoted as saying it wishes to “dominate the future autonomous ship market”.
The agreement between DSME and the Port of Rotterdam will also include digital twin development for the interface between ship and port, the building of a test of the proposed interface port and voyage key performance modeling and evaluation.
Furthermore, it is also reported that the agreement will cover decarbonisation initiatives to help ports and ships meet regulations.
“This strategic cooperation will not merely be limited to develop new technologies, but thoroughly verify them so that they can be applied to actual ships,” DSME is quoted as saying.
The Port of Rotterdam is the busiest and most technologically advanced port in Europe, and one of the few to match the major ports in China and the Southeast Asia.
It has a stated goal of becoming the world’s smartest port, using artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and autonomous technologies to ease the flow of trade.
The Port of Rotterdam was contacted for comment.