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DP World committed to safe port operations

DP World is committed to integrating cutting-edge technologies for intelligent, secure and sustainable port operations, says Jibu Kurien Itty, CEO - DP World Ports and Terminals, Nhava Sheva.

DP World committed to safe port operations
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What are the steps being taken to ensure that your ports/terminals are smart, safe, and sustainable?
At DP World, we prioritise the transformation of our ports and terminals into smart, safe, and sustainable facilities through innovative technologies. Gate automation and optical character recognition (OCR) technology are used to streamline transactions and reduce errors while enhancing safety. The implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in video analytics ensures safety compliance, detecting violations such as pedestrian presence, wrong lane use, and over speeding. This system allows automated interventions, promotes safety and enables ongoing improvements at the terminal area.

We have also implemented remote crane operating stations (RCOS) for heightened safety during operations. Equipped with high-quality cameras, the RCOS provides operators with a clear view of blind sectors, reducing exposure to unsafe working zones and vibrations experienced by crane operators in manual operations, and with RCOS, this exposure is significantly reduced.

These measures collectively underscore DP World's commitment to integrating cutting-edge technologies for intelligent, secure, and sustainable port operations.

Jibu Kurien Itty, CEO - DP World Ports and Terminals, Nhava Sheva

Jibu Kurien Itty, CEO - DP World Ports and Terminals, Nhava Sheva

Automation is a big challenge - an update on the latest measures
Port automation has gained popularity in the past decade, owing to rising safety standards, increased competition from multiple terminal operators at a single location and evolving customer expectations. This has created an encouraging environment for third-party companies looking to invest resources and time to provide innovative technological solutions that improve terminal efficiency and operational safety. While there are certain challenges on the road to complete automation, addressing these issues through collaboration and knowledge-sharing can ensure safer and more efficient port operations in the years to come.

DP World Nhava Sheva has pioneered the use of automated gates across terminals in the region. The elimination of man and machine interface at the gates has improved safety and ensured error-free data capturing. Another key technology we have adopted at our terminals is the Predictive Maintenance Techniques (PDM technology). PDM technology gauges the conditions of assets at the DP World terminal by measuring the percentage of components running without defects and identifies the components which are in failure, ensuring operational efficiency.

Additionally, we have introduced remote reefer monitoring that tracks live temperatures of cargo. These initiatives have not only mitigated risks but have also enhanced transaction speed, resulting in decreased turnaround time for external trucks and reduced operational costs. We continually explore further advancements to remain at the forefront of terminal operations.

Cyber-attacks on ports/terminals continue to increase. What measures are being implemented to protect operations/data?
Ports serve as critical hubs for a nation's economic vitality by facilitating the smooth flow of trade. Given their pivotal role, safeguarding port data and operations from cyber threats is imperative. Conducting a thorough assessment of port terminals' IT infrastructure is fundamental to identify and proactively mitigate potential risk factors.

DP World terminals are compliant with relevant standards and regulation such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. Additionally, we employ a multifaceted strategy that includes infrastructure assessments, targeted training, and ongoing awareness campaigns, to establish a resilient defence against cyber threats. This proactive stance not only protects critical trade operations but also contributes to the development of a cybersecurity-conscious workforce, essential in the constantly evolving digital landscape.

Single Maritime Window has been mandated by IMO from Jan 2024. How prepared is the port for it?
DP World has implemented a Port Community System (PCS) at its terminals. This is a shared platform that connects multiple systems operated by maritime organisations. The system is constantly being updated to adapt to the needs of the customers. The terminals operate in a one-stop shop system and are well equipped to adhere to the mandatory requirements of the IMO’s Maritime Single Window regulation.

What global best practices are being implemented at DP World terminals?
DP World terminals’ commitment to global best practices is best exemplified by our seamless integration of cutting-edge technologies. The implementation of automated gate systems, using optical character recognition (OCR) technology, GPS/ DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System)/ RFID technologies has facilitated the swift and accurate processing of transactions. This, combined with our WIFI-enabled infrastructure, has ensured a seamless digital transfer of work orders, enabling real-time cargo management at the terminals.

We are also committed to promoting sustainable business interventions, and have adopted several environmentally conscious practices. We aim to achieve our sustainability target in India of ensuring that at least 60 percent of the energy required at our terminal operations will come from renewable power sources by 2026. Inspired by the Maritime Vision 2030, our dedicated sustainability efforts mirror the Indian government's commitment towards achieving 60 percent green power sourcing for the maritime sector by 2030.

Globally, DP World is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We were a Principal Pathway Partner for the UN Climate Conference (COP28) hosted in Dubai, where we showcased how technology and nature-based solutions merge to mitigate and build resilience against climate change while ensuring the continued flow of trade around the world.

With weak demand, how do you see the outlook for the next 3-5 years? Expansion plans
Maritime trade is expected to grow more than two percent between 2024 and 2028, according to the Reviw of Maritime Transport 2023 by UNCTAD. To ensure this growth is sustainable, the Indian maritime industry will focus on adopting sustainable and yet effective measures to improve the trade. The Maritime Vision 2047 aims to elevate port facilities, champion sustainability, and cultivate global cooperation. It will catalyse trade growth and minimise business operational costs while preserving a healthy and sustainable natural environment. This will be done by adopting practices that minimise carbon emissions and promote low carbon technologies within the maritime industry.

Jyothi Shankaran

Jyothi Shankaran

Associate Editor, STAT Media Group. He has worked with IndiaSpend, Bloomberg TV, Business Standard and Indian Express Group. Jyothi can be reached at

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