Helsinki, 7-9 October 2019


The Digital Transport Days organised by the European Commission and the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 7th to 9th October 2019 gathered many participants interested in digital solutions for transport and mobility.


A discussion on data-sharing opened the event and the topic of digital freight made a regular appearance over the three days, starting with a Digital Transport and Logistics Forum plenary, and ending with sessions on autonomous ships, port ecosystems and automated inland waterways. Innovative solutions in rail, road, maritime and aviation along with new technologies such as 5G, AI, IoT, big data and blockchain were also debated.

FEPORT President, Mr Gunther Bonz, was invited to participate in the panel discussion in the session titled “Towards Optimising Port Ecosystem”. He explained that digitalization and data sharing are high on the agenda of port stakeholders, but it will be important to discuss the cost of investment in technologies allowing efficient exchange of information with the main beneficiaries, i.e. cargo owners and shippers.

FEPORT President was also invited to discuss vessel call optimization. He mentioned that optimization has to do with communication and cooperation between shipping companies and port stakeholders. Sending accurate information about ETAs, respecting the allocated time slots, avoiding no shows and blank sailings, having a good coordination between techno-nautical services, etc…are key success factors.

Regarding fuel consumption at berth, the real number of delays and the length of waiting times, Mr Bonz strongly recommended the collection of reliable figures first to, avoid any biased or caricatural depiction of the reality.