New Port 2060 vision revealed

12 May 2017
Kalmar cargo

Kalmar believes all ports will be automated in the future

Cargo handling solutions and services company Kalmar, part of Finnish-owned Cargotec, is launching a new video to depict what the future of cargo handling will look like in the year 2060.

According to Kalmar, which is producing the video as part of its revised Port 2060 initiative, all ports will be automated and run on renewable energy with zero carbon emissions and terminals will be complete logistic ecosystems that act as global interchange points for an on-demand society.

"In 2060, we believe that services will be more personalised and efficient. Specialised items…can be ordered directly from a local producer. Goods will be moved rapidly around the world in smart containers that know their contents and destination. Everything will be automated and highly efficient," said Frank Kho, vice president of market intelligence, strategy and development at Kalmar and a member of the Port 2060 think tank. 

The Port 2060 initiative was launched in 2011 to spark discussion on the future of the port industry and Kalmar believe that consumer demand will drive logistics and cargo handling, while data will make world trade more efficient, safe and sustainable.

The company predicts that operations will benefit from continuous predictive maintenance and artificial intelligence will help solve highly complex problems.

Mr Kho added: "The original Port 2060 vision was mainly focused on the physical dimensions of a port and it has carried very well through all these years. However, the possibilities that digitalisation, data and software will provide, will have a fundamental impact on the global trade and logistics ecosystem.

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