Maritime is undoubtedly one of the cornerstones of international transport networks. The WTO estimates that shipping transports about 85
1. Leveraging Smart Sensors to Boost Efficiency
Installation of smart sensors at ports can be helpful in monitoring the state of important infrastructure, which helps operators plan predictive maintenance and minimize the requirement for yearly inspections. Port operators can use data gathered by the sensors to draw a wide array of applications. For instance, quays’ pile head sensors enable ports to monitor wear and tear and keep track of the effect of unloaded cargo.
Some ports have already started the process of developing a centralized dashboard app that will gather real-time data on communications, water, and weather. Such data will help operators calculate maximum duration for ships to berth, pick up cargo, and unload, and increase the number of ships entering the port.
Monitoring systems are also helpful when it comes to dealing with cargo at ports. Recently, another port set up a series of “black boxes” on 200 cranes, wagons, carriers, forklifts, and even straddles. The system assembles a wide array of data, including the exact location and consumption of energy. Such details could assist terminal workers to come up with strategies for minimizing idle time.
Connected technologies are also playing a critical role in environmental protection. For instance, some ports have installed smart illumination systems that only light up when trucks are near. BCG estimates that this measure reduces energy consumption at these ports by a whopping 80 percent.
2. Use of Digital Technology to Streamline Port Operations
Ever-rising cargo volumes at the largest and busiest ports in the world can results in packed roads and disorder at decks. Thus, ports are investing in digital solutions to boost traffic flows. For instance, terminal appointment systems enable trucking carriers to set aside specific time for loading and offloading. This system lowers turnaround and stops arriving traffic from congesting the roads, releasing pollutants that compromise air quality.
Some ports have gradually moved their land-based ecosystem to the digital world. Inland terminals, empty vessels depots, as well as warehouses, featurespecialized booking systems to ensure controlled entrance of vehicles. Drivers can leverage a smartphone app to get directions on where to drive in yards and get alerts when freight is all set.
3. Improving Partnership Between Port Stakeholders
Ports are coming together to develop a central digital platform where information from a broad range of sources is stored prior to being shared among port stakeholders. This central digital system keeps the land and sea stakeholders up-to-date with a range of centrally assembled information such as positions of a vessel, available docks, water level data, bridge size, and existing construction sites.
Other than ensuring smooth movement of cargo, data sharing could also improve the process of customs and collections. Due to its ability to provide a decentralized ledger that permits storage of data in several locations, Blockchain technology could potentially transform this area.
The maritime sector is undergoing a process of fast digitization. Many ports are working tirelessly to stay on top of this new digital transformation and enjoy the benefits that come with it. Governments and established maritime companies are investing heavily in the sector, channeling equivalent money that in the last ten years went into trains and airports technology.