North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) was seeking insight into technology developments that would drive efficiency and successfully position its operations for the future at four ports in Queensland, Australia. 

Royal HaskoningDHV undertook a Smart & Innovative Port Development Study to describe current trends in port and terminal development and to examine the application of smart technology and systems. 

We began by considering the key drivers for NQBP wanting to make its ports ‘smart’ – such as improving operational efficiency, reducing energy usage, limiting environmental impact, reducing congestion and improving safety – before providing the basis for adopting smart technologies, systems and ways of working.

The study also presented an international view of how other industries are already embracing clean energy, electrification, smart lighting, digitalisation and automation, new ways of working (such as the use of blockchain), the Internet of Things and Building Information Modelling (BIM), cyber security, smarter border control systems and terminal specific technologies.  

The end result was presented to the client as an overview of the smart technologies which are already available to be implemented at NQBP’s ports right now, together with an indication of what their operations could look like in the future.