2022 was anticipated to be a year of recovery for ports, but instead they faced the combined global crises of war, inflation, energy and commodity price fluctuations, as well as droughts and floods. As we enter 2023, global ports must prepare for similar challenges, and their responses will distinguish them from one another.
In the Seatrade Maritime Global Ports Report 2023, international ports reveal how they are actively laying the groundwork for the green energy transition, addressing emissions and investing in infrastructure to support growing green energy industries. However, the question of who bears the cost of this transition remains a struggle for ports as they grapple with the shared responsibility of addressing climate change.
The Report covers how global ports are demonstrating their growing sense of social awareness and responsibility, leading them to account for their impact on the local environment and neighbouring communities, both on land and under the water. Diversity and inclusion are continuing to gain prominence in port boardrooms, with an increasing emphasis on ensuring diverse voices are heard regarding the challenges and opportunities facing ports.
Meanwhile, ports confirm that enlarged data streams are supporting trend analysis and decision-making across global operations, aided by a supportive environment for port technology developers and start-ups. This is facilitating digitisation and digitalisation, enabling cross-terminal efficiencies and pushing ports to break operational boundaries.
To weather the economic storms ahead, ports featured in the Seatrade Maritime Global Ports Report acknowledge that cooperation, collaboration, and partnerships are needed today more than ever.