The UK’s Solent has hosted a pioneering autonomous surveying event reports Dag Pike.   Sea Robotics ‘ ASV ‘Harry’   The first time that a hydrographic survey has been carried out using guidance only from pre-planned survey lines or automatically generated lines based on sonar coverage took place at Hurst Point in the Solent. Human… Read more »



Independent benchmark testing on behalf of the Chinese government has identified one method as an accurate methodology for portable ballast water sampling. The Single Turnover One Pulse (STOP) methodology used by Chelsea Technologies’ FastBallast Sensor, was independently verified by researchers from the Environmental Protection & Energy-saving Technique Research Centre of China. “It is essential that… Read more »



One of Europe’s most significant waterway projects has been completed in Germany and will, officials say, improve shipping to and from major ports and points inland, writes Tom Todd.   Motor ship buildup at the Sülfeld Suedschleuse on Germany’s Mittellandkanal (Photo: Tom Todd) Work on renovating the 80 km long Eastern Sector (Osthaltung) of Germany’s… Read more »


Valencia port launches pilot test called “E-Bike Sharing System at the Port of Valencia”

In the framework of the European project “SUMPORT – Sustainable Urban Mobility in MED Port Cities”, co-financed by the Interreg MED program, the Valenciaport Foundation, with the collaboration of Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) and the Ships, leads a pilot test called “E-Bike Sharing… Read more »


Measuring the social license to operate for ports

PortEconomics member Michael Dooms presented the results of a survey conducted along with Bruno Moeremans (Vrije University Brussels) during the 16th World Conference of AIVP held on 11-14 June 2018 in Quebec, Canada. With his presentation, Michael discussed the following issues: a. Challenges of port managing bodies in terms of SDGs: Stakeholder inclusion (needs to… Read more »


Crowdsourced Transportation Platforms (Road), a promising supply chain technology for the last mile

Crowdsourcing  concept Intelligent Transportation platforms and their applications are attracting notable attention in the supply chain. By means of sensing and communication technologies, the smart transport systems assist transportation authorities and vehicles drivers in making informative decisions. Data collection and more importantly the use of the collected data analysis are crucial elements in the intelligent… Read more »


Cruise ports need to upscale their representation by subscribing to the WPSP

The launching of the World Ports Sustainability Programme (WPSP) by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), AIVP – The Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP) and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) in March is a major step… Read more »