Resilient Delta’s mission is to be a global leader in the field of digital twin applications in the delta. An ambitious project is DigiPACT: developing a digital twin (a virtual representation) of the Port of Rotterdam. How can all processes, connections and movements in the port be mapped out, with the aim of making it more efficient and environment friendly? In other words, how can technology be used to reduce the movements in the port so that fewer emissions are produced and less energy is needed? This challenge is taken upon by Mark van Koningsveld, a scientist from the TU Delft who will build a first proof of concept together with a consortium of convergence partners, companies and local authorities.
More efficient and safer
“We don’t want the size or impact of the Port of Rotterdam to shrink; we want its emissions, or negative impact, to shrink,” says Rob Zuidwijk, Professor of Global Supply Chains and Ports at Erasmus University Rotterdam. “The port always wants to expand and improve, which is a good thing. But what we want to avoid is that at some point they are held back by emission regulations.” Zuidwijk gives a recent example: “A construction project in the port that was supposed to ensure long-term sustainability was not allowed to go ahead because of nitrogen restrictions.”
A huge number of containers go in and out of our country. In DigiPACT, one of the things that is looked at is actions that may be superfluous. Zuidwijk: “We are investigating how logistics services can be developed so that services can be optimised. Through lack of information great uncertainties are built in. By using and connecting information more effectively, dredging can, for example, be tailored to the draught requirements. That will save time, money and emissions.”