What do we mean by a Smart Port?

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 utilising 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. 

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5 things we learned at PTI: Smart Digital Ports of the Future 

What is the port industry doing to become smarter? And, how can this process be sped up? As port technology continues to improve, data must be made more accessible in both format and availability. Greater industry sharing must become the norm. So too, the creation of opportunities for data specialists within the industry. 

Following on from the PTI: Smart Digital Ports of the Future event that took place in Rotterdam, we outline our five key takeaways.

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Our experience

We are world leaders in maritime development projects and Royal HaskoningDHV is home to one of the largest groups of maritime engineers in the world. Our unrivalled 135 years of experience means that we understand the drivers of port and terminal operators. 

Bringing together our expertise from across Royal HaskoningDHV, whether that’s our experts in climate change, flood risk management, energy or environment, we apply technology, connect minds across our global offices, consult with our specialist partners and work with our clients to develop smart solutions together. 

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Smart Ports Events

Meet us at:

Smart Digital Ports of the Future

4 - 6 November in Rotterdam
Our speakers:
Kevin Martin
Jolke Helbing