Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DP World Chairman and Tesla Boss Talk of Technology Implementation in Port Freight Operations

Pair Discuss Developments at Summit in Dubai
Shipping News Feature
DUBAI – Chairman and CEO of port logistics group DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have recently discussed potential uses of Tesla technology for DP World’s global freight operations in a meeting at the World Government Summit in Dubai. They discussed the potential use of Tesla battery solutions for renewable energy storage in the port and terminal operator’s global network, especially in the fast growing markets of Africa, India and Latin America.

DP is already exploring possible implementations of Tesla’s state-of-the-art technology to further enhance DP World’s impact on global trade and DP World’s Rotterdam World Gateway is already employing driverless cars at its terminal, while several other DP World operations are in the process of implementing the new technology.

Tesla’s decision to set up its regional headquarters in Dubai, which was announced at the Summit, means that it is entirely likely that the two companies will collaborate more closely into the future to develop and explore new technology and its application to the global freight industry. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said:

“As a global trade enabler, we think ahead, foresee change and prepare for it. Mr. Musk’s vision to revolutionise transportation holds tremendous potential for enhancing our operational efficiencies and ensuring the smoother and faster movement of goods. It also resonates with our vision to lead the future of world trade and to do so in a sustainable manner so that we leave a legacy we can be proud of.

“Mr. Musk is at the forefront of enabling sustainable transport and energy use solutions, which is integral to our goal of protecting our environment and building a vibrant and resilient society.”

Of late Elon Musk has announced some remarkable concepts which may well affect everyday lives in the future. From individual roof tiles which are in fact solar panels, to the interior walls of buildings which themselves are huge capacity batteries to hold the captured energy, a voyage by the 21st century innovator into the world of port dynamics makes a mouth-watering proposition.