Chapter 21

Port Community Systems

21.1Background of PCS

Fast, safe, reliable, and efficient communication between stakeholders of international cargo transport and all other transport and logistics providers is an important factor of success for a port. Or in other words: good communication is a key driver that has the power to influence (positively or negatively) the growth of a part of a port or the whole port. A port community system (PCS) is an electronic platform that facilitates communication via connection of the multiple systems operated by a variety of companies and organizations that make up a seaport community. Key drivers for the establishment of PCSs were, on the one hand, the need for a standardized and easy-to-use communication ...

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