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The global port network


The HPA and Port of Los Angeles launched a global initiative with leading ports worldwide called “chainPORT” in 2016. In an increasingly fast-paced world, knowledge sharing is fundamental to creating and fostering innovation. Together with Port Authorities around the world, the chainPORT initiative aims to drive this knowledge exchange in various ways. In addition to many events such as hackathons, annual gatherings and the so-called “Academy”, the chainPORT project comprehensively addresses smart IT solutions, the digital culture change of Port Authorities and the global dialogue with the maritime industry.

In addition to Hamburg, chainPORTs already cooperating include the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Busan, Gothenburg, Los Angeles, Felixstowe, Singapore, Montreal, Shenzhen, the Indonesia Port Corporation, the Panama Maritime Authority, and Tangier Med and Rotterdam.

At chainPORT, we see ourselves as partners, not competitors. A driving force behind the establishment of the network is the awareness that more efficiency in the maritime logistics chain can be achieved primarily through better cooperation between the various players.

Jens Meier, CEO Hamburg Port Authority


Under the motto “locally realized – globally connected”, the HPA’s chainPORT initiative breaks with the traditional concept of bilateral partnerships and creates an international community instead. chainPORT aims to bring together port authorities, their partners as well as customers to share experiences and develop joint strategies for issues of the present and the future. The HPA believes that only the sharing of intelligent data systems and an open exchange will enable sustainable growth.

Vision of the initiative

A global network of logistics hubs that enables maritime players to create secure, efficient and sustainable supply chains through innovation and digitalization.

Goal of the initiative

Guidelines of the chainPORT Initiative

Digital first, but physical either
Promoting the ecosystem sustainably
Mutual trust & transparency

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