HPC is collaborating with Radix Engineering and Software, the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program of the University of Houston and UTC Overseas, Inc., in developing a Smart Port Digital Growth Masterplan for the Brazilian Port of Açu (PdA), the largest deep-water port in Latin America.
The project aims to develop a five to ten years’ concept for the technological platform of the Port of Açu and its ecosystem, focused on exploring operations, attracting new and technologically aligned businesses, and establishing a governance plan and systems architecture.
PdA anticipates generating more efficiency like reducing the handling/berthing time for ships operations and connecting all clusters and production steps, such as movement statistics, availability, maritime safety data, customer specifics, and engagement with all stakeholders in the ecosystem, in a concept of integrated digital supply chain and smart port community.
To develop the project, Radix has conducted a thorough analysis of the current asset structure, while HPC has done a survey of essential technology for the future vision as a Digital Port. In addition, a technological governance plan was established, and the architecture design recommended for the business systems.
Pablo Bowen, an Associate Partner at HPC, emphasizes: “This is an important project for Port of Açu, Brazil. HPC, with 45 years of experience in the logistic and ports industry. HPC is currently developing other projects as well in Brazil and other countries of the region. For a world-class port, digital masterplans are key to achieve future success. It is not about implementing all the different technologies available; it is a matter of selecting the appropriate ones that will support and add real value to your business. End-to-end visibility of the extended supply chain, including the last mile, represents one of the challenges. To make common software platforms available for port communities’ stakeholders sharing information and providing efficient processes is another vital task to be tackled and makes all the difference between port communities.”
Benefit to the Client
The Digital Growth Masterplan will comprise a proposal to digitize the different stages of the logistical process, allowing PdA to analyze medium and long-term trends, plus increasing the port’s availability and efficiency. With the Masterplan development, HPC and their fellow contractors also help ease data-based decision-making and hence enable PdA to react more quickly to the market with a leaner, more reliable and cost-effective cargo movement. Last but not least, this approach will attract new business to the port.
Industrial clusters, similar to those in Hamburg, Antwerp, Rotterdam or Houston, only to name some, have benefitted because of their location by a large port. Like them, Porto do Açu is uniquely positioned to take advantage of deep-water access to accommodate larger ships, of the demand for mineral commodities from growing emerging economies, and also of Brazil’s efforts to encourage investment.
Radix Engineering & Software is a global engineering, software, and Industrial ET/OT/ IT consulting company providing technology-based solutions to industrial and non-industrial customers. Radix’s North American headquarters is in Houston, TX, with offices also in Atlanta, GA. The global HQ is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with offices in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte. With a strong focus on results, people, and long-term relationships, Radix has developed projects in more than 20 countries worldwide.
UTC Overseas, Inc. is a global logistics solutions provider with offices in 18 countries. They support the project by providing specialized, turnkey transportation services to a wide variety of cargoes in the energy sector worldwide, along with hands-on knowledge of the changes needed to enhance port operations.
The Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program of the University of Houston brings in their academic approach regarding “port of the future” plans for new industry cluster needs, underlining that looking to collaborative partnerships is vital to drive innovation and growth. They also highlighted the importance of filling any skills gaps to both prepare the workforce for the future and attract knowledge-intensive industries, such as high-tech.