Top Smart Ports - Worldwide 1
The Port of Hamburg, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Valencia, Port of Antwerp, and Port of Amsterdam are the top five ports worldwide (outside of the U.S. and Canada) that have adopted smart ports technology.
Port of Hamburg
- The Port of Hamburg in Germany employs "state-of-the-art digital intelligence" that has delivered "huge efficiency improvements."
- The technologies adopted by the Port of Hamburg include the following.
- Real-time navigation — This technology ensures that traffic in the port flows efficiently and anyone traveling around the port benefits from "parking and infrastructure information, closures of the movable bridges, as well as the latest information on important operations."
- Renewable energies — A land-side cruiser liner power supply that is sourced from renewable energies has reduced the port's environmental impact.
- Intelligent railway point — Sensors have been attached to frequently-used points along the harbor railway that transmit real-time data to a central IT location. This has allowed the port to "identify maintenance work or repairs at an early stage, thereby avoiding downtime."
- Mobile all-purpose sensor — The port is currently developing a mobile GPS sensor that will forward location data to the IT system. It will be used for fleet management and other measurements like "temperature, wind speed and direction, air pollution and the flow of the Elbe."
- Smart maintenance — Tablets and smartphones monitor the port's infrastructure. The devices automatically send measurements to the IT system, "where the data is processed, stored and edited." The goals are to make maintenance more efficient and to improve notifications.
- Virtual depot — The virtual depot allows the port to "optimize the movement of empty containers between packing companies," which reduces unnecessary trips with empty containers.
- Port Monitor — The Port Monitor software keeps all port stakeholders informed about data such as "electronic cards, vessel positions, water level data, berths, current construction sites, planned dives and bridge heights and widths."
- E-mobility — The port is currently exploring ways to incorporate electric vehicles into its operations. Charging infrastructure construction is already underway as the port reviews "ways of extending e-Mobility to passenger and freight traffic in the harbor area."
- Logistics — the smartPort logistic app allows trucks to reserve parking spaces ahead of time and identify open spaces if they have not reserved one.
- These smart technologies have helped the Port of Hamburg maintain its leading position in Germany and Europe and have reduced the port's impact on the environment by reducing unnecessary trips and using renewable energies.
- Additionally, the port aims to use its connected port initiatives to double the capacity of the port by 2025 without increasing the size of the port.
Port of Rotterdam
- The Port of Rotterdam teamed up with IBM to develop a centralized dashboard to allow the collection of real-time data from smart sensors.
- The sensors were installed across a 42-kilometer stretch of the port's "quay walls, roads, and mooring posts."
- The sensor data has been used to "used to reduce wait times, determine optimal times for ships to dock, load and unload, and enable more ships to enter the port."
- Additionally, the Port of Rotterdam uses the "Portbase Port Community System," which "is a combination of an application layer, platform an information database" that has saved money and time through " bilateral connections and information exchange."
- The Port of Rotterdam also has a "fully automated deep sea terminal with automated guided vehicles."
Port of Valencia
- The Port of Valencia installed black boxes on "200 cranes, straddle carriers, trucks and forklifts" that collect a variety of data "such as their location or energy consumption, which could help terminal staff find ways to reduce idle time."
- The information from the black boxes is analyzed in real time and shared with terminal staff to "identify operating bottlenecks and initiate appropriate action."
- The anticipated results of the black boxes include lowering operating costs by 10% by "reducing equipment idle time and minimizing energy use."
- Additionally, this port installed a smart illumination system that only light up when vehicles come in the vicinity of the port, which has cut energy consumption by 80%.
Port of Antwerp
- The Port of Antwerp has centered its operational improvement plan on NxtPort, an "information sharing system."
- The goal for its use of NxtPort, which allows the port to share information with companies like BASF, MSC, Katoen Natie, DP World and PSA, is to " become a self-sustaining data-commercialization company that will gather, centralize, store, analyze and exchange data from a wide variety of logistic actors."
- Eventually, customs, governmental agencies, food quality control, and IT app developers will be able to access the information on the platform as well.
- The port also plans to monetize the data it is receiving from the system, which will help "individual users reduce costs through better planning." Moreover, not only will this generate more income for the port, but it will also improve logistics, lower truck exhaust emissions, and reduce the number of containers in depots.
- The Port of Antwerp is also currently exploring the use of blockchain for container collection, which will allow "digital rights" to be transferred from one party to another, which means only one party can pick up the container, rather than anyone with a PIN number. This will reduce fraud by validating the container transfers.
Port of Amsterdam
- The Port of Amsterdam has several digital applications that are used to improve port efficiencies and increase fundraising.
- The I Am Port app "offers real time information on ships locations and itineraries in the port" and visitors can find information on departures and arrivals and the measurements of each ship in the port.
- Its Port Data app provides the "historical market shares of the throughput of cargo of eleven ports in the Le Havre — Hamburg range in order to promote the idea of data sharing."
- A third app gives users the ability to tour the port using virtual reality technology, which is designed to increase local support for the port.
Top ports worldwide, excluding the U.S. and Canada, were selected using the criteria of those that were mentioned most often by reputable publications such as BCG, Deloitte, and industry publications. The ways in which the technologies have improved services and efficiencies for each port were provided as available. Some smart initiatives have only been implemented a short time and in those cases, we have given expected results instead of actual results.