Technology

Bringing Technology into the Fold

As ports facilities continue to be upgraded with new technology and equipment, the question is not whether it’s needed, but how to best incorporate it without disrupting the operations of a smooth-running port. Sometimes, the number of moving and changing parts makes the transition a feat of carefully orchestrated, planned perfection.

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Embracing the Digital Transformation Generation

Crucial Steps Are Being Made in the Exploration and Testing of Information Technology at PortsBy Sandy Smith Derrick Whalen, director of information and technology services for the Port of Halifax, has spent just a few months on the job and in the seaports industry. But he already sees opportunities to make an impact. “This is the challenge I was hoping ...

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Data-Informed Decision Making

By Mary Lou Jay Seaports have always used data – like the number of TEUs handled or passengers served – to measure their current success and to plan for the future. Now they have the potential to do even more. New methods of collecting information and the growth of computing power and cloud storage has made it possible for ports ...

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Technology: Your New Right Hand?

Ports interested in streamlining their operations and encouraging the creation of more transparent, more efficient supply chains for their partners are finding the solutions they need in a variety of new technologies. * By Mary Lou Jay * Ports interested in streamlining their operations and encouraging the creation of more transparent, more efficient supply chains for their partners are finding ...

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A Digital Vision of Leadership: Using Technology to Improve the Supply Chain in Los Angeles

By Meredith Martino A DIGITAL VISION OF LEADERSHIP: USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN LOS ANGELES Ports are used to competing with one another for business. CEOs and business development staff can easily tell potential customers about the advantages their facilities offer – the landside connections, the depth of the water and the number of berths available. But technology ...

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The Future of Automation

The Future of Automation By Sandy Smith Everywhere one turns, industries are facing automation. Robots, artificial intelligence, driverless vehicles. Ports will be changing as well. But as the next wave of technological revolution looms, ports are slowly looking at ways to automate — without getting too far ahead of the technology. “We look at some of the technology evolutions to ...

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Big Data, Big Possibilities

Metrics and key indicators can help a port improve its performance, if used in a meaningful way By Kathy A. Smith The job of determining what data and key performance indicators ports need to track and monitor is an ever-evolving one. One size does not fit all as performance measures are assessed based on a variety of factors – operations, ...

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Trusting Third-Party Data

If a port could cherry pick the best metrics from its partners, would it? By Lori Musser Ports have always produced metrics related to port capacity, utilization and productivity. Tremendous competitive advantage can be derived from such data when used to polish up the marketing mix, plan for throughput and facility development, and report progress on mandates. Metrics also can ...

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Data in Latin America

Port directors throughout the region talk about how they use metrics for performance improvement and strategic planning. By Sarah Sain When it comes to data, access to real-time statistics and metrics are important – no matter where in the world a port is located. The information allows port directors to monitor performance, improve output and discover trends. However, how that ...

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