Logistics Management — Advancements in operational technology and robotics are becoming key differentiators for our nation’s leading ocean cargo gateways. At the same time, increasing numbers of port terminals are using higher levels of automation to improve productivity and efficiency.
When the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) staged their annual “Smart Ports” seminar in Oakland two months ago, the host gateway was able to showcase its digital shipping platform capable of speeding up global trade flows by the third quarter of 2018.
It was just one of several new announcements made by top U.S. ports signaling a huge tidal shift in the way containerized ocean cargo will move in the future.
“We’re building an online portal for transactions that range from tracking to transporting containerized cargo,” says Oakland’s senior project administrator Eric Napralla. “The move aligns with an industry migration toward digitalization of international supply chains that every port authority recognizes.”
This “common platform” promises to provide a single window for shippers to get personalized cargo status updates and check ocean vessel schedules. At the same time, it can help shippers pay freight-handling fees and make appointments to pick up their inbound goods.