Categories: BusinessPublished On: 02.02.2019218 words1.1 min read

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For decades, the business of moving goods across national borders has been hidden from the headlines. In ordinary times it is a rather dry subject, but Brexit has brought trade into sharp focus.

One thing has become crystal clear: if goods cannot move freely through ports as a result of political agreement, a much greater role for technology will be necessary.

Everyone knows that technology is already changing the game, not just in shipping but in every industry. Although the maritime sector has not always been the quickest in adapting to change, innovation is gathering pace. It is important to consider how the digital transformation of the industry could play out, and what part the UK can play in the process.

Using technology to transform how countries trade is not, as some suggest, merely a distant pipedream. Around the world equipment manufacturers, ports, and ship operators – along with a host of innovative startups – are leading the charge in digitalisation.

From Antwerp to Dubai, Rotterdam to Singapore, there are already a number of projects underway that are realising extraordinary efficiency gains through new digital innovation.

Rotterdam’s port call optimisation platform, Pronto, developed with Dutch startup Teqplay, has allowed vessel operators to cut waiting times at the port by up to 20 per cent . . . . . . .

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