The third of TOC Digital’s webinar series, “Showing Resilience & Recovery through COVID-19,” part of Digital Maritime Week, took place on 24th June 2020. Providing insights from three leading port equipment manufacturers and service providers, viewers learned how port operational structures have been impacted by COVID-19, how the industry has adapted to the ‘New normal,’ and how port infrastructure has been evolved to mitigate disruption and prepare for future growth.
With COVID-19’s impacts still sweeping through the global economy, presenting both human and economic challenges not witnessed in generations, port and terminals have shown huge resilience by continuing to function as vital supplies have been shipped around the world, ensuring cargo is unloaded and flowing through to end destinations, despite facing severe disruptions.
With manufacturing severely impacted and demand still diminishing, despite a slight easing of lockdown restrictions globally, supply chains are still under enormous pressure and supply chain actors have been put in the toughest of positions to ensure their operations can mitigate pressures.
Navigating through this time has been testing and our industry-leading panel of experts including Antti Kaunonen, President - Automation Solutions at Kalmar, Stefan Lampa, President - Mobile Solutions at Kalmar, Mika Mahlberg, Executive Vice President at Konecranes and Christian Koegl, CEO - Cranes at Siemens discussed their own and the industry’s challenges, including:
- What stage on the digitalization journey have their companies reached today?
- Where are the key gaps in the industry’s adoption of digitalization?
- What do terminal operators need to do to overcome these?
The TOC Leaders’ Debate also reviewed the most exciting current developments in industrial automation and control systems and what applications these will have for container terminal equipment and systems.
A word from our Associate Digital Partner:
Ports and terminals continue to play an essential role in keeping the world’s supply chains flowing during the COVID-19 crisis. But the pandemic has impacted their operations and slowed demand for container shipping.
The TOC Leaders’ Debate will provide insights on how the industry can adapt to the new normal, ensure a quick recovery, and evolve its infrastructure and capabilities to prepare for future growth and disruptions.
Communications technologies, particularly wireless, will help drive the digital transformation of terminal operations. But the wireless networks that most terminals rely on today weren’t built for critical industrial use cases or modern terminal operations.
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Nokia Industrial-grade Private Wireless supports critical communications and operational applications with a dedicated LTE or 5G network that delivers resilient, secure connectivity to every part of the terminal. These capabilities help terminal operators use digital technologies to enhance operational control, increase automation and improve safety.
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