Fesco Transportation Group, Binom and NtechLab have signed a trilateral agreement of intent to develop a smart shipping port at the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port in Russia.

The agreement has been signed within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).

NtechLab will deliver a unified video analytics system that will oversee labour, transport safety and the port’s operational procedures in real time.

This solution will also provide remote systems access.

As part of the port’s transformation, several technologies will be deployed to automate operations, including artificial intelligence (AI), big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain.

The port is expected to witness an increase in its productivity and environmental sustainability.

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NtechLab CEO Andrei Telenkov said: “One aspect of NtechLab’s systems is the ability to manage the access control to the enterprises with far greater efficiency by using biometrics.

“Our platform will also be able to identify vehicles and to read container numbers during loading and unloading to compare and confirm the accuracy of shipping and cargo information. Vehicles are monitored, in real time, from control rooms.”

The Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port, which is a part of the Fesco Group, is said to be the biggest port in the Russian Far East.

With an annual cargo turnover of more than 11.5 million tonnes, this port functions as the centre of economic ties between Asia and Europe for both rail and sea routes.

In a separate development, Nornickel, Rosatom State Corporation and the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Centre have signed an agreement of intent to develop and build a dual-fuel diesel-liquefied natural gas (LNG) icebreaker.

This vessel will be utilised to escort ships transporting Nornickel cargo along the Northern Sea Route.

Meanwhile, PAO Sovcomflot and PAO Gazprom Neft have signed an agreement to develop solutions and use green fuels in sea transport.

The two Russian companies will study the prospects of the construction of low-emission ships that operate on alternative fuels and will come up with necessary engineering solutions.

Both these agreements were also signed at the EEF.