Modern technology allows better interconnection of physical and information flows in international transport. Interconnection requires specifications for interfaces and therefore standards become more important. This is more than a technical issue, standards shape technologies and markets and thus also impact the competitive positions of harbours.
In response to the Port of Rotterdam’s need for solid knowledge, Erasmus University has bundled its maritime and port-related research and education in SmartPort@Erasmus, the center of excellence offering port related education and research. It aims to connect students, academics and practitioners from the private and public sector. SmartPort@Erasmus research and education connects multiple disciplines to create win-win-win situations.
The Green EFFORTS, "Green and Effective Operations at Terminals and in Ports", is a collaborative research project, co-funded by the European Commissions under the Seventh Framework Program, aiming at the reduction of energy consumption and improving a clear energy mix in the seaports and at terminals. Existing and upcoming stricter air quality regulations together with the need to reduce energy consumption are raising ports and terminals' awareness of their carbon footprint.