Digital Auditing in Small Ports
The Working Package No. 3 dealing with Digital Auditing in Small Ports is regarded as a state-of-the-art package. It develops a tool for the examination of a digitalisation status in South Baltic (SB) Small Ports. This digitalisation tool refers to a process-based approach that is applied to a given port. Furthermore, it covers different aspects that enable to track and evaluate the use of novel digital technologies in a port and its terminals and by port operators. Such technologies are already used by big companies or core ports. The aim of these digital technologies is to improve cargo flows, environmental and economic efficiency, e.g. reduction of parking-related transport in port terminals; reduction of delays; shorter travel times; safety and security (Blockchain); environmental compliance (dynamic traffic control; les congestion); cost reduction; availability and reliability; financial business concepts; client attraction (e.g. from core ports) and branding.
Once the tool is developed, it will be applied in SB small ports. The auditing will be implemented by Project Partners, Associated Partners and other small ports – fellow ports. This will ensure the use of best knowledge and reduce any non-comfortability in terms of being observed by “big counterpart” (big core ports). Subsequently, evaluation and progress recommendations will be given to ports – what and how they could improve. The ports will be benchmarked and indexed with the online Connect2Small Ports digitalisation index (also used beyond the project life).