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Innovative Ports and Terminals: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Technical Committee


Submit comments by June 21

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks comments by June 21 on a draft proposal for a new ISO technical committee on innovative ports and terminals.

Submitted by SAC (the ISO member for China), the proposal includes the following scope statement: 

“Standardization regarding design, construction, internal management, and upgrade related to ports and terminals based on emerging information and energy technologies. For the purpose of sustainable development, this proposal intends to provide technical support to the innovative development of ports and terminals, while enhancing the operation effectiveness, safety, and resilience, and improving the working environment of the ports and terminals.”

Purposes of the proposed TC include:

  • Providing countries and regions intending to develop their ports and terminals with relevant standards
  • Improving cargo handling: reducing turnover time and port congestion while promoting information exchange, technical cooperation, and a resilient supply chain
  • Exploring the energy transition of cargo-handling equipment and reducing the energy consumption and pollutant emission at terminals
  • Protecting the safety of workers and preventing damage to terminal equipment

Standardization will include, but is not limited to, layout and equipment configuration during design; automated technology and new energy technology application during internal management; and automated upgrade of existing aged ports and terminals.

Relevant work within the scopes of the following committees is excluded:

  • Ships and marine technology (ISO/TC 8)
  • Intermodal and Short Sea Shipping (ISO/TC 8/SC 11)
  • Maritime GHG reduction (ISO/TC 8/SC 25)
  • Smart shipping (ISO/TC 8/SC 26)
  • Buildings and civil engineering works (ISO/TC 59)
  • Production, transport, and storage facilities for cryogenic liquefied gases (ISO/TC 67/SC 9)
  • Cranes (ISO/TC 96)
  • Continuous mechanical handling equipment (ISO/TC 101)
  • Industrial trucks (ISO/TC 110)
  • Processes, data elements, and documents in commerce, industry, and administration (ISO/TC 154)
  • Automation systems and integration (ISO/TC 184)
  • Safety of machinery (ISO/TC 199)
  • Intelligent transport systems (ISO/TC 204)
  • Facility management (ISO/TC 267)
  • Sustainable cities and communities (ISO/TC 268)
  • Smart community infrastructures (ISO/TC 268/SC 1)
  • Sustainable cities and communities - Sustainable mobility and transportation (ISO/TC 268/SC 2)
  • Energy management and energy savings (ISO/TC 301)
  • Innovative logistics (ISO/TC 344)

Read the proposal and submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy and strategy, at [email protected] by close of business on Friday, June 21. All input ANSI receives will be used to develop the ANSI representative input to the ISO Technical Management Board.


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