Building Smart Ports: Through Many Small Steps



Nicola Clay, Smart Ports & Business Development Director, Royal HaskoningDHV, London, UK


Smart ports is a topical theme in the maritime industry as ports, terminals, shipping and the logistics chain seek to understand and take advantages of technology to improve the productivity of all aspects of their businesses. As one of the world’s leading maritime consultancies, we‘ve seen momentum building and minds awaken to the gravity of what smart solutions can provide and how they can change our industry, as well as the world itself.  

The contemporary ports and terminals sector is a technology spectrum, we see highly automated terminals to extremely traditional ports with limited IT systems and manual/paper based processes. Yet all ports and terminals are operating within the context of the global trends of digitalization, electrification and automation whilst trying to achieve the required short-term return on investment. 

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