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PORT INDUSTRY HAMSTRUNG BY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO UPGRADING PORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Following on from chapter one of our Port Performance Roundtable film, we are delighted to launch chapter two – “Using the Right Technology”.

Chapter two, which is now live on the MarineInsights YouTube channel, explores whether there has been a shift in how port authorities and terminal operators are evaluating their infrastructure to keep up with the demands placed upon them.

The Barometer Report revealed that 40% of port owners and operators don’t think their existing port infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increasing vessel sizes. So what is preventing them from upgrading their infrastructure?

As we discuss in chapter two, it’s not so much a lack of technology that’s holding them back, but the wider industry’s conservative approach to the adoption of new technologies. Whilst technology continues to advance, providing another route for facilities to take to keep up with the demands placed upon them, the Barometer Report also revealed that 19% of port owners and operators admitted to not using any automated systems at their facility.

Automated systems improve accuracy in monitoring and management, improving efficiency and allowing quick decisions to be made through real-time access to key data.

Docking aid Systems improve safety as the vessel comes in to berth, with the data they provide allowing jetty operators, pilots and ship masters to make early corrections to manoeuvres, long before a potential incident occurs.

Facilities that are not using these automated tools jeopardise efficiency and safety, and run the risk of becoming antiquated – they certainly won’t be able to keep up with the new breed of terminal that is currently emerging.

The port landscape is evolving quickly, with increasing and diverse demand. Larger vessel sizes and more stringent environmental regulations mean facilities need to quickly upgrade their infrastructure now. Those that don’t will suffer in a bullish market, as new, modern terminals multiply and others quickly upgrade.

To view chapter two of the Port Performance Roundtable film, visit: http://ow.ly/F7ZxW

To download the Barometer Report, visit: http://ow.ly/Ed95A

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