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What are the essential factors implicit in sound port operations?
One thing is true for any industrial port in the world: time is money. If you put this concept into operation, it always comes down to the same aspects, regardless of whether it concerns containers, general cargo, ferries or cruise liners: it is about the availability of resources that are in limited supply, and it is about reliability, speed, quality and thus, indirectly, about safety and timing or, respectively, about complying with known international standards and rules (such as IEC/ISO/IEEE 80005-1) for supply connections in ports. Only someone who actively helps define the standards in the committees and who knows the needs of businesses can guarantee that nothing will stand in the way of implementing the requirements in a reasonable manner later on.
In light of the constantly increasing need for capacities, it is essential that processes can be run smoothly so that any costs arising can be kept to a minimum as far as possible. In addition, the public expects that we go easy on the environment – be it in terms of fuel, the emission of CO2, smells or acoustic sounds. This trend can be felt not only in chic port cities such as Hamburg and Monte Carlo, but on a global scale as well.
What do you think is the biggest single issue affecting ports and terminals today?
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