Smart Ports

Using innovative technology to streamline port operations.

Today’s global port and terminal network faces a multitude of challenges; from the ongoing pressure to reduce running costs, to ensuring appropriate security measures; from facing the pressure to ‘go green’ and mitigating against climate change, to utilizing the immense amount of data they generate daily.

In answer to these challenges, Smart Ports combine digital innovation and tools with operator intelligence; enabling ports to work more efficiently and streamline operational costs.

Whether that’s increasing the longevity of operations by using sensors to forecast maintenance requirements or finding new ways to optimise the use of their land, there are many ways in which new technologies can help ports to become smarter.

What solutions do we offer?

Our Smart Ports offering at Royal HaskoningDHV covers all bases. We provide digital port solutions consultancy for new and existing ports and terminals in three distinct areas. Firstly, through our smart design – we’ve developed the use of parametric design and adopt BIM on all our projects to provide even greater efficiencies for our clients.

We also provide smart asset management, incorporating numerous approaches such as above and below water 3D surveys and the use of sensors to monitor operations and optimise a port’s maintenance regime. And finally, we are adopting the use of technology including ‘big data’, automations and digital twins to gain insight and optimise port operations.
Smart ports

Smart port technology to boost digital transformation

Our Smart Ports team is dedicated to supporting UK ports and clients in meeting the Maritime 2050 vision through innovation, technology and digital transformation. In partnership with Connected Places Catapult, the team took up the core technology themes from Maritime 2050 and used these as the basis for five use cases.

Smarter UK ports

Our experience

Working closely with our clients to develop smart solutions together by applying technology, connecting minds across our global offices and consulting with our specialist partners. Bringing together our expertise whether that’s our experts in climate change, flood risk management, energy or environment.

We are world leaders in maritime development projects and home to one of the largest groups of maritime engineers in the world. Our unrivalled 140 years of experience means that we understand the drivers of port and terminal operators.

Download our case studies here

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Smart port technology to boost digital transformation

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User journey report

Moving on the Mersey

Mark Wootton - Director for Terminal automation


Director for Terminal automation

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