Digitalisation breaking down ship-port disconnect

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Source: Port of Antwerp

There’s a potential flow of data from a ship’s propulsion system to the next port of call, and a growing number of companies are collaborating on making the most of it to reduce emissions.

“It starts with a single asset, the vessel, and it builds from there,” says Osku Kälkäjä, Head of Digital Business at ABB Marine & Ports. “The vessels and shipowners are working globally, but the ports are working locally, so to put them together, that requires time and cooperation.”

There are a huge number of different variables that go into minimizing emissions, he says. These include when the vessel leaves port, manoeuvring, pilot boarding and transits that can sometimes vary due to commercial considerations from what was initially planned. However, digitalisation is important no matter what size a company is. “If you miss the train, you will get nowhere,” he says.

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