As digitalization is growing, new technologies will shape and transform the port of the future. Launching the contest, Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UKMPG stated:

The UK’s major ports will be as important to the 4th industrial revolution as they have been to its predecessors. The UK Major Ports Group is today making an open call for ground-breaking perspectives and ideas on what are the top five ways digitisation could transform the major port of tomorrow.

A review panel will consider the submissions and conclude to the best three. In order for the competition to be broad, panel members will represent not only the ports sector, but also Government, academia and technologists.


The best three submissions will present their ideas to the CEOs of nine of the largest port operators in the UK in November. These operators invest more than half a billion pounds in the UKs ports and infrastructure each year.

Initial submissions can be submitted until 12 noon on Friday 3rd August. Submissions should be restricted to 5,000 words, while more creative ways of submitting ideas are welcomed.

The panel will consider the submissions over the summer, before shortlisting submissions on Friday 5th October. Submissions from consortia, possibly combining different specializations are welcome, as well as from individual organisations.