The Port of Switzerland has commissioned Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) to develop a digitalisation strategy which focuses on effective cooperation with customers and partners and the development of a sustainable digital port infrastructure.
Inland ports, like seaports, are also undergoing a transformation process from a goods handling centre to an interconnected goods information handling hub within the global logistics chain.
HPC has been commissioned to develop a digitalisation strategy that aims to increase competiveness, safety and sustainability of inland navigation and the Port of Switzerland.
Situated on the freight corridor between the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, the port has an annual turnover of approximately 6m tonnes of goods.
It sits at the end of the navigable part of the Rhine River and connects the sea lane with the extensive European road and rail network, with approximately 60% of goods transported by rail.
Martin Nusser, deputy director of Port of Switzerland, said: “By providing digital port infrastructures, we want to shape our role as service provider for the entire port community in a future orientated way.”
He explained that in future, central processes with authorities, institutions and the port industry are to be handled via digital infrastructures.
“Through the intensive use of new technologies with all our customers and partners, we are striving for sustainably efficient, quality and service-orientated cooperation,” Nusser added.
Through the RheinPorts Information System (RPIS), the first port community system for inland ports worldwide, the Port of Switzerland and HPC “laid a decisive foundation for a digital port infrastructure”.
With the implementation of the digitalisation strategy, the basis for the realisation of project plans within the scope of the digital transformation is set.
The digital strategy, which has been based on a comprehensive analysis of the stakeholder environment, recommends principles of action for the handling of planned projects as well as information strategies to ensure change management geared towards sustainability.
Dr. Jennifer Sommer, head of IT consulting at HPC, said: “With digitisation strategies, companies can design their services in a user-orientated manner and network processes efficiently, thus both increasing effectiveness potential and opening up new business areas.
“Accompanying the Port of Switzerland’s team on their digital journey, encouraging them in their pioneering role, and helping them to make inland navigation fit for the digital future is an exciting challenge.”
HPC has been involved in several projects for the development of digital strategies and the establishment of port community systems for inland and seaports.
It also accompanies its clients through complex IT and integration projects in ports and logistics, covering all the different phases of an application life cycle.