Technology promises to enable humans to do more with less. All organizations have an obligation to allow innovation to improve society. When it comes to global trade, organizations are leaving their people without the necessary technology to handle today’s enormous volumes and complex supply chains. Routine trade activities, which do not require highly technical skills, are still being processed manually, while using technology is more efficient and effective.
An example of a routine trade activity are the documents involved in shipping cargo from point A to point B. A lot of data is in the supply chain is document-based, this means that there are little automated systems to enable more efficient and transparent processes. Manual processes and disparate systems often result in delays and fines caused by compliance and documentation errors. Overall, these paper documents create inefficient processes and systems, and a lot of red-tape.
The challenge is using technology to enable transparent supply chains in such a way that it reduces international red tape and fasten ship, crew and cargo clearance. How can it be made easier for customers to do trans-shipments through ports? Can technology such as blockchain, RFID and IOT help to simplify the processes of sharing ship, crew and cargo information between ports and governmental agencies such as Customs.
How can we create efficient handling of vessel data and documents of a port call (arriving, handling, departing)? How can we transform the data and documentation flow in the supply chain from linear to circular? How can we connect data without a specific identification number (UCRN)? Grab the hijacker: How do I know when someone (not authorized) is looking and making changes in my systems/documents? We are looking for: greater efficiency, lower costs, better service provision, better and more transparent planning, more rapid throughput times, fewer mistakes and optimal re-use of information.
Inspire by what is possible!
Rotterdam is often seen as a ‘paperless’ port. However, every vessel which approaches Rotterdam has a specific departure port, which is probably not paperless at all. The challenge; how can we apply data and technology to optimize the port 2 port processes with less paper, more data, and perhaps new standards?
In supply chains, data is often shared from one party to another party. This results in having multiple versions of the truth. How can information be shared between all stakeholders, and even between ports, in a supply chain, such that one single source of truth is created.
Tinder, a good example of how technology disrupted the way people are meeting each other. But, it seems to work. The big challenge in the port is to provide a good fit between the existing processes/activities, and the new ways of doing business using data and technology. For example, how do different trucks find each other if they want to have a joint platooning? Tinder4Trucks?
When you are flying by airplane, it is impossible to check in a suitcase without letting the security know what’s in there. They check every suitcase regarding specific standards, so every carrier needs to know what’s in their luggage. Isn’t it strange that a captain of a container vessel does not know what’s in all the containers? Can we think of a system where data and technology support the way those containers are being checked and registered?
MPA Singapore Smart Port Challenge
MPA Singapore and Port of Rotterdam developed a common challenge for the Smart Port Challenge from Singapore. During the Hackathon MPA Singapore is present to scout potential solution, and who knows, you will be invited to come over to Singapore!
Smart Port Challenge Singapore
With every port call, the ship masters and ship agents will have to prepare a similar set information about the ship information and its’ relevant ship trading certificates for the purpose of port entry and ship inspection by Flag State Control and Port State Control. Most of the information submitted to the port authorities are repetitive. We are seeking for ideas that can help the ship masters and ships agents prepare all these information in an efficient manner. Can the preparation of these repetitive information set be automated and shared with port authorities in a secure manner? How can port authorities verify the authenticity of the information submitted automatically?