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Smart Ships & Smart Navigation

Globally, ports are a fundamental part of the commodity supply chain which is undergoing significant developments. They are becoming increasingly digitised, integrated with the wider end-to-end supply chain and thus more efficient. Ultimately, they will pioneer new business models which may change port landscapes at local and national levels.

This will potentially affect where ports are located, the cargoes they handle, the markets they serve, the skills and experience required to operate port equipment and the capacity to serve different types of vessels.

Smart ports, like smart cities, will use a wide range of technologies, using data driven and automated devices connected together within an “internet of things”. New data collection and analytical technologies and techniques can supply information for safer and more efficient management of resources. This applies…

Author(s): Dr Phil Thompson, BMT, and Don Cockrill MBE, UKMPA

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