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- Eric Johnson
The smart port agenda has grown exponentially in recent years. Major hubs such as Singapore, Hamburg, and Los Angeles have embraced the use of digital tools to continuously improve operations and invested heavily in everything from cyber resilience to digital twins. But when it comes to digitalization, the majority of the world’s ports are often overlooked. Small and midsize ports make up the backbone of the global maritime economy. These ports are more focused on enabling flexible, resilient, and specialist supply chains for a variety of cargo types and not ever-increasing container volumes. Though the headlines often focus on technologies for major ports, there is a quiet transformation going on in the world’s small ports.
In this session, we will bring together a small panel of experts to understand the emerging technology landscape for small and mid-sized ports including:
1) What new digital solutions are being adopted in the small and mid-sized ports sector and what impact are they having?
2) How can small and mid-sized ports work together to support innovation and R&D that meets their needs?
3) How should technology providers approach working with ports that are at different stages on their digitalization journey?
The results of the recent IMO FAL survey of world ports made one thing clear - the technology is not the issue when its comes to data collaboration - it is the willingness of stakeholders to collaborate and the existence of legal frameworks to enable interoperability. In this session, obtain clarity on just what data collaboration entails - not in bites and bits, but from a stakeholder perspective
An electronic bill of lading, when adopted, will transform the shipping process and generate opportunities for ports to facilitate more trade. How should ports prepare themselves for this change? How can ports work with terminal operators, ship agents, forwarders and customs to adapt their processes to improve the speed of release of cargo between shipper, receiver, shipowner and charterer ?
With the recent agreement between private and public sector organization to establish standardized industry data sets and application program interfaces (APIs) at the ISO Technical Committee 8, how realistic is the possibility that existing and future nautical and supply chains systems will be able to communicate easily with each other? Will accelerating data collaboration be achieved by consensus despite political and commercial conflicts of interest between stakeholders? Or will regulators need to enforce standards to avoid ships having to use different data sets for every port of call?