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Port of Rotterdam - Port of the Future

How Port Automation Can Fail

In June 1993 the Europe Container Terminals and Sealand partnership at Rotterdam Delta Terminal opened the world’s first ‘robotized’ terminal. Transport between quay and stack was conducted almost entirely by Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (ARMGs) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Since then over 1,100 driverless stacking cranes have gone into operation worldwide and over […]

2038: A Smart Port Story -Part 3

Port Technology International is proud to present the third and final installment of ‘2038: A Smart Port Story’ from INFORM’s Senior Vice President Dr Eva Savelsberg and Matthew Wittemeier . Part 3 was formally unveiled at the Smart Digital Ports of the Future conference in Rotterdam, continuing a tradition of unveiling the story at Port Technology […]

Shaping or being shaped? The potential white labeling of “Uber Port”

Digitization allows ports to easily identify, assess and leverage what is available in the port ecosystem through technologies such as dashboards and touchscreens. Cranes, containers, ships and trucks can now also be monitored and moved across ports and beyond from any place on the planet – provided these things are ‘smart’. Further, when data sharing […]

Japanese Ports – A Paradigm Shift Towards An Asia-Centric Economy

The function of ports differs by geographical location and industrial structure. A further difference lies between hub and peripheral ports. Rotterdam, Singapore and Shanghai are without doubt hubs for the trades between Europe and the Far East. Shipping lines try to maximise the economies of scale by deploying large sized containerships into these trades to […]

Port Community Systems: Taking Ports to the Next Level

Not too long ago, the major focus for ports was on their physical infrastructure, as the World Economic Forum ranked ports on this basis. The equation was simple: good infrastructure equalled a guaranteed high ranking. However, today’s world demands digital connectivity and an optimal port ecosystem that combines physical assets with world-class information management. Henceforth, […]

Port of Rotterdam’s Stepwise Approach and Blockchain’s Role

The Port of Rotterdam and BlockLab look at blockchain’s potential in this exclusive technical paper. Geo-political changes, sustainability concerns and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain are having a profound impact on the way global supply chains operate. Ports can play an important role in dealing with these challenges by providing a globally […]

Smart Ports: A deep transformational moment

This paper sees a telecoms giant outline how it sees ports developing and evolving with 5G – a must read for forward thinking port/terminal executives.  We first heard of the digital revolution years ago when it started in the sectors where adoption speeds were higher, the entry barriers were low, and levels of dynamism in […]

Smart Ports or Smart People: An SPSCT Event Review

PTI recently held its first Smart Ports & Supply Chains Technologies Conference (SPSCT) in Rotterdam, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to explore, review and explain some of the findings therein. Port Tech MD James Khan and I wanted to bring the SPSCT event to the industry for many years, thinking it very much the natural offshoot of our Container Terminal Automation Conference […]

42km of Connected Complexity: Operating in the Digital Future

Editor's note: This paper from the Port of Rotterdam leads Edition 80: Ports of the Future as it is a wonderful overview not just of Rotterdam, but of what the modern smart port is.  Rotterdam is a port city, meaning there's more to the local environment than just the port itself. This paper articulates how […]

42km of Connected Complexity: Operating in the Digital Future

Rotterdam is a port of pioneers. In Rotterdam, we are continuously searching for answers as to how we can do things better or smarter. This paper describes how Rotterdam is aiming to be the smartest port in the world, explaining some of its vision and activities in relation to digital technology. But what exactly is a smart port?  Being a smart port […]

Rotterdam and IBM: Building the Port of the Future

Alongside technology giant IBM, we have launched a new partnership that focuses on the far-reaching digitalization of the port and the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) platform. This cloud-based platform will allow the Rotterdam Port Authority to collect and process data from a large number of sensors. The initiative is intended to prepare the 42-km port area for autonomous shipping. The […]

Rotterdam Port: Port-Maps Let the Outside in

PortMaps is the Port of Rotterdam’s GISbased system for sharing port-related information. The home page of this system displays itself as a map of Rotterdam and all port data can be accessed from here. We believe that a spatial approach like this – à la Google – is definitely the way forward. More or less […]

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