CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero GIUGNO 2020
PORTS AND TERMINALS
NORTH SEA PORT JOINS EU 5G LOGISTICS PROJECT
According to a statement, '5G Blueprint'is a public-private
partnership made up of companies from Belgium, The
Netherlands,Switzerland and the Czech Republic, and has been granted
$11.2 million (€10 million) from the European Union.
"North Sea Port has announced it has joined an
international effort to make transport and logistics more efficient
through 5G, partnering with the Port of Antwerp and a coalition of
European supply chain stakeholders."
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management,
together with the Flemish Department for Mobility and Public Works,
the port authorities North Sea Port and Port of Antwerp, the
business community and the academic sector, has set up a consortium
with 28 members.
It will investigate how how tele-operation can be used to make
transport and logistics more efficient - including across borders.
In addition, they will look into how transport and logistics can
be made more efficient with the aid of remote control
(tele-operation) technology - including across borders. The 5G
Blue-print project will commence on 1 September 2020 and run for
The project will also look at safety, costs and benefits,
division of responsibilities, collaboration and standardisation. The
insights and lessons from this three-year project will be applied
directly in this region where possible. But they will also be
important as a new standard and working method - as a 'Blueprint' -
for other areas and sectors.
The parties involved are investigating how exchanging real-time
data to and from vehicles, between terminals and vehicles and
between vehicles and their head offices can contribute to greater
efficiency in the supply chain and help mitigate driver shortages.
The aim is to be able to remotely steer and support vehicles and
vessels. This is expected to not only improve the accessibility of
the important North Sea Port (Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Ghent) to
Antwerp logistics corridor, but also to increase employment and
strengthen the competitive position of that area. New 5G
telecommunications technology will be one of the tools used.
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