Securing Ports: Technology Makes a Big Difference

Securing Ports: Technology Makes a Big Difference

November 27,2019–PortStrategy.com

A new and ambitious project is focused on developing and deploying electronic cargo tracking solutions, as Gordon Feller discovers. A new project sponsored by the US Federal Government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could make a big difference across seaports, dry ports and manufacturing Free Trade Zones, plus across different geographies, traversing from landlocked locations to ports, in East Africa, and in Asia. The aim is simply to expedite customs clearance and enhance trade facilitation. It sounds simple in theory, but in reality, these things never are. The objective is part of an initiative focused on the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

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Six Ports Take Smart Steps

Six Ports Take Smart Steps

November 26, 2019 — PortStrategy.com

Six ports have come together to showcase their most advanced digital transformation and sustainability projects at a dedicated ‘Smart Ports’ exhibition. For the first time, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam worked together for the ‘Smart Ports. Piers of the Future’ event at the Smart City Expo World Congress this month in Barcelona. Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), said: “We believe that the event is excellent networking and knowledge-sharing platform to promote projects related to Smart Ports in an environment surrounded by the most innovative projects that through digitalization enhance efficiency in ports and cities.”

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Port Technology to reduce Delta air pollution

Port technology to reduce Delta air pollution

November 15,2019–DeltaOptimist.com

On Thursday, Nov. 14, the MSC Meline used the technology which allows vessels to plug into the clean electrical power grid at GCT Deltaport and turn off their auxiliary diesel engines while docked. This eliminates up to 95 tonnes of air pollutants per vessel, equivalent to removing 20 vehicles off the road for one year. The collaboration was enabled through the Government of Canada Shore Power Technology for Ports program and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, each contributing $3.4 million, for a total investment of $6.8 million, GCT explained in a news release.

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SCAG outlines draft plan which aims to improve transportation and air quality in Southern California

SCAG outlines draft plan which aims to improve transportation and air quality in Southern California

November 14, 2019– FontanaHeraldnew.com

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Nov. 14 released a draft of Connect SoCal, its 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, identifying $638 billion in mobility, land-use, and air-quality improvements. The draft plan represents a significant milestone in meeting the mobility and quality-of-life needs of one of the fastest-growing population centers in the United States, SCAG officials said. According to SCAG research, the six-county region is expected to grow by nearly 3.7 million people over the next quarter-century to 22.5 million –– a 19 percent increase.

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Port of LA tariff study sends our stern warnings about impact of trade war

Port of LA tariff study sends out stern warnings about the impact of trade war

November 12, 2019– DailyBreeze.com

A study commissioned by the Port of Los Angeles has some dire warnings amid the nation’s trade war with China. The report — “By the Numbers: Jeopardizing the National Benefits of Trade Through America’s Busiest Port Complex” — was released on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and concluded that the tariffs now in place on shipments threaten nearly 1.5 million U.S. jobs and more than $186 billion of economic activity nationwide. An independent economic consulting firm called BST Associates conducted the study for the port, which announced the findings during a news conference at the National Retail Federation, in Washington, D.C.

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Decarbonization key to Green Initiative

Decarbonization Key to Green Initiative

November 11, 2019– GreenPort.com

A port authority in Asia has committed to extending a major sustainability initiative with “a new focus on decarbonization” to keep it relevant to industry goals. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI) will be revised and extended until the end of 2024. New carbon emissions-related incentives will replace existing sulfur emissions-related ones in MSGI’s Green Ship Programme and Green Port Programme

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