Radix Presents Case Study of Port of Açu Digital Growth Masterplan in Port of the Future 2022


Radix Engineering will present a case study of a digital growth master plan it has developed for the Port of Açu (PdA) at the 3rd Annual Port of the Future Conference, April 5-7, 2022 in Houston, TX. Radix is ​​a gold sponsor of the conference hosted by the University of Houston College of Technology, Port of the Future and Energy Conference Network. Speakers are Flavio Niemeyer Guimarães, CEO of Radix US; Doug Sinclair, business development director of Radix; José Firmo, CEO of Port of Açu (virtual participation); and Margaret Kidd, Program Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Technology, University of Houston College of Technology. A video overview of the presentation can be found here: https://youtu.be/rxth7AxC7gw

Developed by Prumo Logística, owned by EIG Global Energy Partners, the Port of Açu is the only 100% private port industry in Brazil and is already connected to the global companies of the future. Today it is the second largest port in Brazil compared to public ports, with remarkable growth in just 8 years of operation. At the forefront of state-of-the-art navigation, Açu is the first port in Brazil to establish a Navy-approved VTS (Vessel Traffic Service Center). In addition, it has installed the PMIS (Port Management Information System), a digital solution capable of providing real-time nautical data and services, increasing efficiency for customers, and the CORE (Center for Operations and Emergency Response ) created to act in an integrated and more agile management of all 130 km² area of ​​​​the complex, including the use of drones.

To support the port’s exponential growth with efficiency, transparency, predictability, safety and environmental protection, Açu Port will accelerate its digital and innovative journey and become a smart port. The digital master plan will include the proposal to digitize the different phases of the logistics process and to attract new companies to the productive port.

The master plan was developed by Radix in collaboration with HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program – University of Houston and UTC Overseas, Inc. The goal was to develop a 5-10 year vision for the technological platform of the port and its ecosystem, focused on optimizing operations, attracting new businesses that are technologically aligned, and establishing a technological governance plan and one system architecture.

Commented Margaret Kidd, Program Director, Supply Chain & Logistics Technology, University of Houston: “Beyond digitization, the ‘Port of the Future’ plans new industry cluster requirements, seeks collaborative partnerships to drive innovation and growth, applies the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ value proposition and understands the importance of bridging the skills gap not only preparing the ‘workforce of the future’, but most importantly attracting knowledge-intensive industries such as high-tech,” said Margaret Kidd.

José Firmo, President of the Port of Açu: “Açu is a reference for port innovation in Brazil, investing in technologies and acting as a platform for the sector. Large ports around the world, like our partner Port of Antwerp, use different and excellent port and maritime traffic management tools, and Açu uses the same technology, integrated in the same environment. There is a global need for greater integration of port and navigation systems. This plan puts the port of Açu on the same level as the major ports in the world. With this master plan, we will use the digital integration of the port and increase the value of logistics and port solutions to create even more efficiency and competitiveness for our customers and partners.”

Flávio Niemeyer Guimarães, US CEO of Radix, commented: “Radix brings extensive industry experience to the infrastructure and logistics industry. Most importantly, we work hand-in-hand with our customers throughout the lifecycle of their projects and embrace their challenges as our own.”
Source: Radix Engineering & Software


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