Rotterdam ECT Delta

Every port knows it needs to embrace the digital revolution engulfing the shipping industry, but figuring out what the return on investment ought to be is a much harder calculation to make. This cogent post argues that the delivering up-to-date information on items such container status to forwarders and consignees would represent a considerable step-change, and one obvious way to bring this forward is a port developing a community IT platforms, such as the Portbase system introduced in Rotterdam. However, “Data flowing through the community platforms represents another area of optimistic investments, but monetisation of any data-driven services is not an easy matter.”

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