Sustainable port development: towards the Physical Internet concept

Amalia Nikolopoulou (Corresponding author), Angelos J. Amditis, Georgios Tsimiklis, Athanasia Tsertou, Evangelia Latsa, Eleni Krikigianni, Meng Lu, Alexandr Tardo, Carlez Pérez Cervera, Ioannis Kanellopoulos, Ville Hinkka, Allister Slingenberg

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European ports are currently facing the challenge of adapting to the current trends in global trade and efficiently handling the increasing volumes placed on them. The aim of this paper is to present an innovative framework supported by disruptive technologies for cargo ports to handle upcoming and future capacity, traffic, efficiency and environmental challenges.The innovations to be implemented within the proposed framework will contribute to the Port of the Future objectives regarding reduction of port’s total environmental footprint associated with intermodal connections; the improvement of operational efficiency, and increase of data sharing and information visibility; and the promotion on the innovation in the port-urban context. Among the solutions presented, the model-driven tool for Real-time Control of port operations, the advanced Truck Appointment System and the Cargo Flow Optimization tool, aim to pave the way into interconnected port systems with information at various steps of the transportation flow. Overall, the proposed framework aims to develop models and tools which can support ports to improve their efficiency and gradually participate in a Physical Internet network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIPIC 2019 Conference papers and posters
Number of pages10
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event6th International Physical Internet Conference - London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jul 201911 Jul 2019
Conference number: 6th


Conference6th International Physical Internet Conference
Abbreviated titleIPIC2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • port of the future
  • container terminal management
  • sustainability
  • internet of things
  • data analytics
  • 5G networks

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    Nikolopoulou, A., Amditis, A. J., Tsimiklis, G., Tsertou, A., Latsa, E., Krikigianni, E., Lu, M., Tardo, A., Pérez Cervera, C., Kanellopoulos, I., Hinkka, V., & Slingenberg, A. (Accepted/In press). Sustainable port development: towards the Physical Internet concept. In IPIC 2019 Conference papers and posters (pp. 34-43)