International Conference on Transport and Logistics 2016

The increasing volume of transport flow between continents, combined with all kinds of offshore activities, has lead to an increase in shipping intensity especially in coastal waters and ports. In some sectors, this increase in volume is ultimately coupled with a development of extremely large ships. Then a pressing demand from all port communities to make the shipping industry ‘smarter ‘has been highlighted. Undoubtedly, the development of new port infrastructure in times of crises certainly calls for a smart approach that would facilitate cost effectiveness, sustainable development planning designs and would be smart enough to operate the port efficiently and make port operations more environmental friendly. Our annual Conference, therefore, aims to find means and methods that would contribute to sustainable growth by establishing the appropriate conditions for the adoption of new management energy models. Such models are based on low environmental impact, triggering evidently the innovation of new technological processes. The strategic importance of the smart-port holistic concept (emphasizing particularly operational and energy efficiency, competitiveness and environmental impact aspects) within the Arab region is beyond doubt, but this challenge clearly requires coordinated efforts that would only be attained through transnational cooperation. Approaching the smart port concept is impossible without the full integration and full consideration of the different regional perspectives of the main Arab container ports. At the Smart Port MARLOG 2016, we are looking for innovative ideas that leverage technology, create synergies, share views, look at future developments and provide seamlessness and reliability in information flows and operational processes among the stakeholders. In this context, Arab’s position as a world-class international maritime center is maintained. The conference themes cited in a variety of research papers would deal with new theories and applications in maritime industry and smart ports domains.

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