Connecting ports worldwide

The digital transformation is opening up new possibilities for HPA to ensure Hamburg remains one of the world’s key ports in future too. With our smartPORT projects, we are leveraging cutting-edge IT solutions to drive forward the optimisation of the flow of traffic and goods within the harbour. At the same time, the Port of Hamburg networks with other ports to create a chain of intelligent ports around the world: the chainPORTS.

Initiated by HPA, chainPORT is a cross-national partnership between the world’s leading ports. The members share their knowledge, innovations and promotions of strategic topics. The objective is to learn from one another and develop innovations. An extensive and solid debate on the effects of the digital revolution and, thanks to the more efficient use of existing infrastructure, the avoidance of unnecessary investments in future are the aim. 

What sets our course

With the chainPORT initiative, we at HPA are going beyond the traditional concept of bilateral partnerships. We want port management, its partners and customers, to come together and share their experiences as well as develop strategies. In a network that spans the globe, ports should be able to collaborate both on a digital and on an analogue scale. After all, only by leveraging intelligent data systems jointly and openly exchanging information and ideas can sustainable growth be possible – growth which not only has an eye on the economy, but also a mind for ecology. In this way, chainPORT opens up new routes of sustainability.

The chainPORT hackathon

For the first time the chainPORT hackathon is going to be held in Antwerp (Oct. 11th - 13th 2018) and in Los Angeles (Oct. 12th - 13th 2018). There are going to be challenges to be solved together. These concern tasks of the fields Mo­bi­li­ty, In­ter Port, Safe­ty & Se­cu­ri­ty, Pro­cess & Do­cu­ment Flow, Sustaina­bi­li­ty and Edu­ca­ti­on through Ga­mi­fi­ca­ti­on. At the end of the event the winners are going to be awarded. For more information click here.

International working group

Within the international working groups of chainPORT members, relevant topics are discussed and developed further – through personal meetings as well as via digital communication channels across country borders and continents.

A key topic revolves around information technology. Another significant topic is the handling of ever-larger container ships – a challenge which every port must face. At the same time, the connectivity and data exchange of arriving ships must become more efficient and predictable. Also at the top of the list: ecology. By sharing knowledge of emissions-reducing solutions, for instance, the chainPORT members are setting new courses when it comes to sustainability. An especially important part of the chainPORT Initiative is also the question of IT infrastructure within one’s own company. Against this backdrop, the cooperating Port Authorities are also considering how they can implement the digital transformation on a practical level within their own organisations. 

The members

The chainPORT Initiative is spearheaded by the Ports of Hamburg and Los Angeles, in close cooperation with the partnering Ports Antwerpen, Barcelona, Busan, Felixstowe, Indonesia, Montreal, Panama, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Singapore as well as the Global Institute of Logistics.


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