Whether it is for better or worse, technology has touched and revolutionized almost all aspects of human life and business.. Shipping and freight industry has also been touched by these technological developments under both mechanical and digital categories and these developments could determine the future of shipping..
One of the biggest technological revolutions or achievements in the history of world trade would be Containerisation, which entered its 60th year in 2016..
Containerisation has brought the world closer and the ships that carry these containers have become bigger, better, smarter and more energy efficient providing quicker and more effective services bringing the world even closer..
We have now entered the era of “Smart Containers” which companies like Maersk Line and CMA-CGM have introduced.. Using remote container management and unique technology, regular dry and reefer containers are transformed into smart, connected, objects heralding the entry of multi-modal transportation system into the Big Data era..
These smart containers can be tracked, managed and monitored remotely using special hardware such as relay antennas which allows the lines to collect, store and analyse data even while the ship is in high seas.. Based on this data, lines can take relevant remedial action where required, especially with regards to reefer cargo..
Technological advances have made a huge impact in port operations as well and below are some videos of automated container terminals like Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam which is one of the most advanced container terminal’s in the world..
You can watch a video of automation at work in the Port of Rotterdam..
Or watch automated operations at LBCT Berth LB 24 working on the container ship OOCL LONG BEACH..
Or watch automation in action at Busan’s New port Container Terminal (BNCT) which is Asia’s first vertical-automated terminal..