New digital technologies are to be introduced as part of the funding programme of the German Ministry of Transport at major ports under the name of IHATEC (Innovative Port Technologies Funding Programme). The aim of this contract is to optimise transhipment work with increased output.
The German government has earmarked EUR 64 million for this purpose by 2020. According to the former Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, CSU, Germany needs a strong maritime economy. "With our 64 million subsidy programme, we want to digitalise German ports to such an extent that they develop innovative technologies in order to optimise the handling of goods," says Dobrindt.
Ideally, IHATEC is aimed at companies in the commercial sector, research and educational institutions, non-university institutions and engineering companies.
The projects are divided into IT-optimised process controls, apps for automated systems for handling goods and combating online attacks. During the first run in 2016, 75 applicants had already registered for the program and 27 joint projects were developed with a supply of over EUR 10 million guaranteed funds.