German seaports pioneers in digitization: Ministry of Economics is hosting the North German port digitization conference

State Secretary Muhle: Answers to the important future questions of the maritime economy

Berlin, 14th October 2021 | Under the title “The Port of the Future”, numerous experts from the seaport industry and logistics discussed current topics and future perspectives at the North German Port Digitization Conference in the State Representation of Niedersachsen in Berlin. The event goes back to a joint initiative of the five coastal states and the Zentralverbands der Deutschen Seehafenbetriebe (ZDS – Central Association of German Seaport Companies).

In the global competition between port locations, seaport operators and logistics companies, automation and digitization offer new opportunities to sustainably optimize gradually complex processes relating to cargo handling and logistical processes in the ports and in the hinterland and to open up new business areas.

Niedersachsen’s digitization state secretary Stefan Muhle: “The maritime industry is also exposed to the enormous pressure and speed of digitization. To become aware of this and to take on the challenges together requires great openness and collaborative thinking and acting from the entire industry. As coastal countries, we want to make our contribution. “

After a keynote by Prof. Dr. Carlos Jahn, Head of the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services, the President of the ZDS Frank Dreeke, the Managing Director of the Lübeck Hafen-Gesellschaft Ortwin Harms, Manuela Herbort, authorized representative of Deutsche Bahn, the CEO of TUI Cruises Wybcke Meier and Ulrich Wrage, CEO of Dakosy AG, discussed on the panel on the status of digitization in German ports in an international comparison. What is the motor and what is promoting digitization in ports? What does it take to make even faster and more targeted progress? What does the future of the ports look like? Frank Dreeke on this: “Digital solutions for the operation of the facilities, for incoming and outgoing runs, for communication or in commercial processing increase efficiency and sustainability in the ports significantly. The potential for further progress is huge, as we saw at today’s event. We want to advance digitization in our seaports so that we can work even more efficiently and with lower emissions in the future. “

In addition, the existing variety of digitization activities in ports and shipping was made clear by some outstanding best practice examples.

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