May 12, 2022

Launch of a project to provide digital skills to port workers

HHLA has announced the introduction of a new project, called PortSkill 4.0. This was presented at an online press conference earlier this week, and the focus is on the impact of digital transformation on careers at the port.

PortSkill 4.0 has a project volume of approximately 3.2 million euros. The project is funded by the Innovative Development Program Hafentechnologien II (Innovative Port Technologies) (IHATEC II) of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as well as co-payments from partner companies. The main manager is ma-co maritimes competitionnzcentrum, the partner companies are HHLA and the BLG LOGISTICS GROUP, and the social partners are ver.di and the Association of German Seaport Operators (Zentralverband der deutschen Seehafenbetriebe eV, or ZDS).

Gerrit Küther, Managing Director of ma-co maritimes competencenzcentrum, explains the aim of the project: “With PortSkill 4.0 we want to scientifically determine what skills and qualifications are needed to work in ports in the future. We then want to teach these skills in a digital testing and training center, an “education center”. At the center, port work 4.0 is managed within the framework of learning sequences.

ZDS Sociopolitical Committee President Ulrike Riedel (BLG LOGISTICS) said: “The future of working in the port will be different from today. We must prepare for it and seize the opportunities that arise from this transformation. Supporting PortSkill 4.0 with IHATEC II funds highlights the importance of these processes.

Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth, head of the maritime economy group at ver.di, stressed that digital transformation can only be successful if it develops with employees. “In the interest of employees, we must closely monitor the developments in port work resulting from digitization. Training and education are the key to securing sustainable jobs in German port companies and to creating new ones.

ZDS Sociopolitical Committee Vice-Chairman Torben Seebold (HHLA) also made this point: “The project creates the necessary framework for a process of transformation of the German port industry based on social partnership. Highly qualified employees are the key factor in maintaining and developing the competitiveness of German terminals.

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