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Digitalisation and automation in small and medium sized Swedish ports (SMPs)

Authors Sandra Haraldson
Mikael Lind
Mathias Karlsson
Andreas Bach
Johan Woxenius
Marta Gonzalez-Aregall
Place of publication Gothenburg
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Centre for Sea and Society
Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Northern LEAD
Language en
Subject categories Transport Systems and Logistics, Business Administration


Large pressure is now put upon Swedish small and medium sized ports (SMPs) due to an increased demand of goods expected to be transported, a strong desire to make a modal shift from road to sea, and also the introduction of new regulations on reporting formalities. This also means that the same requirements on supply visibility are now put upon each means of transport from the transport buyers’ point of view. In the transport chain, ports provide the important link between land-based and sea-based transports. This also concerns small and medium sized ports (SMPs), being an important part of the infrastructure catering for the distribution of people and goods within national and international transportation processes. Most often SMPs have a role in feeding goods to larger transportation hubs, and they offer a gateway towards sustainable transport modes. The ongoing process of digitalisation and automation is something that SMPs cannot ignore. As SMPs often rely on scarce personnel resources, there is a need to seek opportunities, why it is of great importance to find ways to share knowledge and possibly co-utilize diverse solutions. This report concludes the conducted pre-study seeking challenges and opportunities related to digitalisation and automation that are acknowledged by the ports of HallandsHamnar (Varberg and Halmstad ports), Karlshamn, Karlskrona, Kvarken Ports (Umeå), and Landskrona. The prestudy has resulted in identification of areas of collaboration regarding digitalisation, automation, and electrification in a larger innovation project gathering SMPs in Sweden.

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