Everything You Need to Know About Port Automation

The advancement of technology has introduced new and better methods of controlling ports and terminals. The gradual shift towards implementing automation in all the process flows and operations conducted on ports has led to significant changes in the way maritime trade takes place. Today, we study the advantages and disadvantages of port automation for maritime trade, the impact it has had, and what the future portends for these smart ports. First, let us understand what exactly port automation means. Port Automation – The Basics Port automation can be defined as the use of integrated technology to develop intelligent solutions for efficient control of traffic and trade flows on the port thereby increasing port capacity and port efficiency. Smart ports (or automated ports) generally deploy cloud-based software to assist in creating the operational flows that help the port function smoothly. Currently, most of the ports across the world have technology integrated to some extent, if not for complete management. However, there has been a gradual increase in the number of smart ports, thanks to global government initiatives and the exponential growth of maritime trade. The port of Hamburg, Germany is one such smart port that uses cloud-based solutions for managing energy resources, traffic control, infrastructure facilities, and port property for efficient port operation. Closer home, the port of Kandla, Gujarat is … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Port Automation

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7 Technology Trends That are Shaping the Shipping Industry

The shipping industry has played a major role in the expansion of business and trade for years. It is the most effective mode of trading and has a significant influence on the world economy. For centuries, shipping companies have transported cargo in every form effortlessly. However, with the growing population, imports and exports have increased exponentially in the global markets and this escalation is expected to continue for quite a long time. Maritime trading companies have always used traditional methods of transportation and correspondence, such as bulk carriers, cargo ships, radio signals, and more. These days, however, with the introduction of revolutionary technology and ideas, it has become imperative for the trade industries to adopt new technological trends for providing an even faster and more efficient trade service. Advancement in technology has introduced a number of techniques that can ensure an upgrade in the overall operation of the shipping industry. The introduction of megaships, robots replacing manpower, new and upgraded materials, alternative fuels is set to bring about a drastic change in the shipping industry. Let us study some of the major shipping trends[1] here, which are shaping the future of the shipping industry. Technological Trends in the Shipping Industry The Growth of Sensor Technology Sensor technology is one of the most advanced and well-developed technologies today. With the introduction … Continue reading 7 Technology Trends That are Shaping the Shipping Industry

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Evolution of Technology in Shipping

Shipping has been the method of choice for transporting heavy cargo across long distances. Today, marine transportation systems are an integral part of maritime trade, functioning at high efficiency. However, shipping has tenaciously clung to its traditional roots until the last decade or so. Previously, technology was often considered as somewhat of a liability instead of an asset. The scenario is gradually changing these days, with better and more advanced machinery and communication tools being invented for making a sailor’s life easier. This is an overview of the various technological advancements in the marine industry, in terms of marine infrastructure, navigation aids, salvage and firefighting support, security systems, and search and rescue facilities. Technological Advancements in Shipping Marine Infrastructure and Logistics In marine infrastructure, we primarily focus on ship design and operation. Shipping and shipbuilding has a history of over 5000 years, but post the Industrial Revolution, there has been a cataclysmic change in the approach towards shipping. Be it the energy source that powers the ship, or the hull design, or the engine and propulsion units used, adoption of technology has kept pace with the innovation in machinery within the industry. Today, fossil fuels are the most popular energy source used in ships. However, given the rising environmental concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, there have been efforts for sustainable … Continue reading Evolution of Technology in Shipping

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