The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is pushing ahead with the digitalisation strategy for the port. As host of the IAPH World Ports Conference last year, several pilot projects were implemented as part of the SmartPORT concept. Now, an international network called ChainPORT has been founded to link up the ports.
Basis for innovative solutions
This global platform will provide crucial information to link partner ports and form a basis for working on new, future-orientated, innovative solutions together. Apart from the port of Hamburg, the network also includes Busan, Singapore, Shenzhen, Los Angeles, Felixstowe and Antwerp. Hamburg’s Senator for Economics, Frank Horch, said: “The huge increase in international work division and the rapid growth of the world’s economy are based to a high degree on international maritime transport. The world is growing closer together. We notice this in world trade. Now more than ever, we rely on learning from each other. Even if we are in rivalry and competition with each other, we need to exchange information with one another.”
50 years of container shipping
Now, plans have been laid for a global chain of smartPORTS or so-called ChainPORTS. The objective of ChainPORT is to bring managers of ports and stakeholders together to share benchmarks and develop strategies allowing ports to collaborate and achieve joint targets in future. Apart from digitalisation and networking, dealing with the growing size of container ships will be another important issue as it presents all ports with challenges.
The first full container ship departed New York in April 1996 for Europe heralding the start of the containerization era. “The time has come to look back on 50 years of globalisation and to gain ideas for shaping the future”, according to HPA. Standardizing and streamlining container transport were significant prerequisites for globalisation.