The world is facing continues and different types of challenges, either natural crises as climate change and other natural hazards that exacerbates with climate change, or manmade challenges as conflicts between nations and countries, conflicts in interests between stakeholders, and the raped changes in types and sizes of vessels and products and size of trading between countries. These challenges are growing and accelerating with time and driving the world to go through critical stages in the global economy in general and port and supply chains, which drives strongly to search for innovative and effective solutions to face the challenges and ensure the continuity of maritime transport and port productivity and competitiveness.
The crises and challenges during the last few decades, led to negative consequences on the global economy and particularly a huge impact on supply chains, logistics and ports, which emphasize the importance of adopting integrated solutions and applying effective measures to adapt to such challenges and rational risk management. Furthermore, the challenges facing the world reflects the significance of implementing resilient strategies that ensures the ability to sustain logistics business and port services efficiency.
The mitigation of different crises can be achieved through different aspects and one of these aspects is the modern technologies and promoting innovation. Relying on modern technologies and promoting innovation are the key drivers for achieving a resilient future for ports and the logistics industry. This requires synergies between decision-makers, academic researchers, stakeholders and the whole port and logistics community. It also requires effective communication, exchange of knowledge and best practices.
MARLOG 12 sheds the light on the importance of innovation, modern technologies, and their role in a sustainable resilient future for the port community and maritime industry.