Level 4 – Connected Ports and Logistics Chains
The future scenario: digital communication between a port and its hinterland will be scaled up to a global level. The port will now also share digital information worldwide with other ports and logistics players regarding ships and other means of transport: departure and arrival points, cargo, crew, expected departure and arrival times. Thanks to AIS, everyone is aware of a ship’s location, route, speed and cargo. In short: full transparency between ports around the globe emerges in this phase. Scaling up to the highest maturity level requires the resolve of ports to collaborate and approach their competitors with an open mind. This transition is still in its infancy, but it has massive potential. This will make port calls more efficient, thus reducing costs and it will reduce waiting times in the port. The worldwide scheduling of port calls makes slow steaming possible and increases sustainability. The result: a practically perfect logistics chain and safe, rapid and traceable door-to-door cargo flows.