Port logistics: Artificial Intelligence at the helm

The implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in seaports will generate significant changes in terms of operation and will significantly improve both efficiency and competitiveness throughout the logistics chain.

AI will be a key factor in a sector that requires quick and accurate decisions, ranging from the optimization of processes in container terminals to the prediction of demand in warehouses.

AI in the port sector stands out for its ability to manage large amounts of information quickly and make accurate decisions. With algorithms, AI systems have the ability to analyze patterns, detect inefficient areas and propose possible solutions to increase performance.

In general cargo terminals, AI will allow for improved allocation of space and resources, while reducing waiting times and increasing efficiency. Due to machine learning, systems have the ability to accurately predict the movement of goods and adjust planning accordingly.

Additionally, the implementation of AI makes it possible for repetitive tasks to be automated, which reduces human errors and provides greater reliability and consistency in the development of port operations.


Terminal management: AI is already used to optimize the assignment of cranes and the planning of loading and unloading of containers.

Predictive maintenance: AI systems monitor the status of machinery and predict failures before they occur, reducing downtime.


Route optimization: AI algorithms help plan more efficient routes for the transport of goods, reducing time and costs.

Inventory management: AI systems facilitate the monitoring and management of merchandise inventories in real time.


Automated Inspection: the use of AI and artificial vision is being of great help in the inspection of containers and the detection of contraband or dangerous goods.

Risk Analysis: AI is enabling the analysis of historical and current data to identify risk patterns and improve customs security.

When agility and responsiveness are improved, ports can adjust more effectively to changing market demands and provide a service that is more personalized and efficient.

Customers can make informed decisions and plan more accurately thanks to AI, which facilitates system integration and interoperability to offer them real-time information on the status of their shipments. On the other hand, the transparency and traceability provided by AI generate trust and loyalty in port users.

In addition, port service providers also benefit by improving the distribution of resources and reducing operating expenses. Likewise, the incorporation of AI in the logistics chain drives a significant improvement in coordination and communication between the different participants, which translates into a notable increase in efficiency and productivity for all.

More autonomous ports: development in the autonomy of certain tedious or dangerous operations that can minimize human intervention.

Interconnected port ecosystems: the sector is moving towards the integration of AI with other technologies such as ‘IoT’ and ‘blockchain’ to create intelligent and transparent logistics ecosystems.

Sustainability: optimization of routes and operations can help reduce the carbon footprint.

1. Implementation and its high cost. High initial costs and the need for an advanced technological infrastructure.

2. Data security. Protection of information and prevention of cyber attacks.

3. Interoperability. Integration of heterogeneous systems and various standards.

At present, great advances are being made, among the most notable are the use of artificial vision systems to inspect goods, automated loading and unloading processes in container terminals.

Additionally, AI will also make it possible to integrate emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things and blockchain, which will provide greater capacity to carry out detailed monitoring and guarantee security throughout the logistics chain.

ERHARDT Serikat is present in the port-logistics sector as a provider of software solutions for a complex sector, this requires an agile and connected community. For more than twenty years we have been developing port systems that integrate the different port operations: customs permits for loading on ships/departure from port, transport coordination, inspections, among others.

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