In 2019, the UK Government laid out a 30-year vision for the maritime industry – called Maritime 2050 – with a strong focus on the potential of technology to improve the efficiency, sustainability and resilience of the country’s critical supply chains. This Maritime 2050 vision was well received by port authorities, but at Royal HaskoningDHV, we wanted to take it further and consider what practical steps could be taken to push forward the use of digital tools in our industry.
Our Smart Ports team, in partnership with Connected Places Catapult, took up the core technology themes from Maritime 2050 and used these as the basis for five use cases. The uses cases centred around real port challenges, making use of existing or soon-to-be feasible technologies in imaginative ways to overcome the challenges faced by ports.
The results of our project, available in full at the bottom of the page, aim to inspire innovation in the ecosystem of technology vendors and enabling bodies, in order to support UK ports with their ambitions. The use cases are just a snapshot of the wealth of ideas captured during the project, and many ports will have similar ambitions and needs for the sustainability, growth and resilience of their operations into the future.
The five use cases are:
Moving on the Mersey