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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Pyrotechnics – Ensuring Maritime Rescue in Emergencies

On the terrible night of October 2, 2015 as a small ship was caught in the eye of the hurricane Joaquin, a Coast Guard helicopter took to the air to save the 12 men aboard the Minouche. Somewhere off the coast of the Great Inagua Island, in pitch-black darkness and raging 30-feet waves, their only hope of detecting the vessel was through the emergency flares the ship’s crew had launched before abandoning ship, pinpointing their location. The rescue operation took over 14 hours as the Coast Guard fought against everything nature threw before them and rescued the sailors to safety. For over a hundred years, pyrotechnics have been an indivisible part of marine safety, providing valuable assistance in times of emergencies and rescue. In case of extreme situations, such as the sinking of a ship, these signals and flares are used to attract the attention of other vessels passing by or help on the mainland. Today, we shall talk about the concept of pyrotechnics, their need and importance on ships, their place in the modern shipping industry, and the right way to dispose them. What are Pyrotechnics? Pyrotechnics are defined as ‘the science of using materials capable of undergoing self-contained and self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions for the production of light, heat, gas, smoke, and/or sound.’ Simply put, pyrotechnics are a … Continue reading Pyrotechnics – Ensuring Maritime Rescue in Emergencies

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