Daewoo and Port of Rotterdam Join Hands on Smart Port Initiative



  • DSME and Rotterdam sign three-year research deal on smart ships and ports.
  • The two parties agree to jointly develop smart ship and port communication standards.
  • They will also work towards the goal of a digitalised and decarbonised shipping industry.

DSME and Port of Rotterdam are planning to work on technologies that enable smart ships to interface with smart ports, reports Lloyd’s List.

Strategic cooperation agreement 

DSME signed “an exclusive and strategic framework cooperation agreement” with PoR on July 20 to conduct research and build projects for the next three years in the smart ships and smart ports market.

As the largest sea port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam is known as the most automated and digitized port in the world, and recently, OECD ranked it as the best player in terminal automation, port digitalization and preparation for smart ships and autonomous vessels worldwide.

In particular, DSME and the port authority have agreed to collaborate on the

  • development of smart ship and smart port communications standards
  • digital twin production for ship-to-port interface
  • port and ship dynamic interface testing and
  • port planning and travel key performance modeling and evaluation.

This strategic cooperation will not merely be limited to develop new technologies, but thoroughly verify them so that they can be applied to actual ships,” DSME officials said.

Smart ships for small ports

With this joint collaboration, the two organizations aim to prepare smart ships suitable for smart ports and play a large role the upcoming global remote controlled and autonomous ship market.

DSME and PoR have agreed to work towards a common target for digitized and decarbonized shipping that will meet potential customer demands and global environmental regulations.

On July 8, DSME signed a cooperation agreement with Busan Port Authority (BPA) and Busan Industrial Institute of Industry, Science & Technology Planning (BISTEP) to research and develop digital twin-based smart ships and smart port systems.

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Source: Lloyd’s List 


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