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Ports as Multidimensional Hubs

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Ports are complex ecosystems—multidimensional hubs that form a key piece in the puzzle of end-to-end transport chains. Effective port operations ensure that these chains are seamless, sustainable, resilient, and predictable. Ports are a catalyst synchronising the different transportation modes They go beyond providing physical services to episodic visiting actors and other clients to encapsulating the capabilities of an integrated digital information hub. In addition, these multidimensional entities can support the storage and provision of “green” energy to enable a sustainable economic system. Maritime informatics is an enabler that helps ensure that physical services can be conducted as timely and efficiently as possible, so that a port’s different stakeholders are able to coordinate their actions based on accurate predictions, and that the provision of resources to episodic tight coupled actors is done smoothly and without interruption.

In this chapter the port, as a multidimensional hub, is elaborated upon within the role of maritime informatics. We describe the multidimensional port as a transport hub, an information hub, and an energy hub. We expose the role of maritime informatics in this trifecta We also consider how ports of today can become the hubs of tomorrow, recognising both the existing mechanisms in place and maritime informatics as an enabler.

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Lind, M. et al. (2021). Ports as Multidimensional Hubs. In: Lind, M., Michaelides, M., Ward, R., Watson, R.T. (eds) Maritime Informatics. Progress in IS. Springer, Cham.

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