Technology incubation in European maritime ports: Results derived from COST 330


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A survey was commissioned under the directorate general vii of the European commission to study the current and future levels of information technology systems (its) use. This took place through the cost 330 action which was supported by 16 signatory countries - data was collected from these countries yielding a total of 77 sea ports and 29 inland ports. Ports operate as the most important interface since they are the focal point of all players in the logistics chain, and the main node in international logistics networks. However differentiation of the governance of the port authorities in Europe often acts against interoperability between different partners. This is not depending on their operation being within one port community (i.e. many local partners in a port) or between different port communities (at a distance in the same country, or between countries). Barriers exist against rapid acceptance and implementation of advanced information systems and telecommunications in the port communities, especially the small and medium ports. These barriers are often due to a lack of awareness or appreciation of how integrated telematics might support the local management in the port and the end-to-end transport chain. They symptoms are often seen as old hardware, old software, the lack of interoperability, and the low level of it support staff. We offer suggestions to build interoperability that might be implemented at global, national and local levels.

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