The association between ports and manufacturing has constantly evolved through technological and economic changes. Prior to containerization, there were strong linkages between ports and heavy industrial activities, and indirectly with lighter forms of manufacturing.
Over the years, the cargo handling industry has made tremendous strides in developing the eco-efficiency of cargo and material handling through more efficient machines, optimization of cargo flows, as well as intelligent equipment and automation.
INFORM's '2038: A Smart Port Story' by Dr. Eva Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier follows the events that unfold when 'Douglas', an upper-mid-level INTERPOL employee, is interrupted on his holiday in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa of Iceland by a serious incident in the Port of Reykjavik.
While recent political events including a potential Trade War prompted by the US President have focussed attention on customs and tariffs, a report to the World Economic Forum concluded that, ‘there are far more significant
impediments to trade than tariffs’.