For us, it's been a long time coming. Almost a decade ago, little did we know that a successful cooperation with the World Economic Forum would evolve into a deep, analytical understanding of global megatrends.
The European Union's white paper on transport, published back in 2011, states, among others, that in order to reduce transport-related emission of CO2, particularly over longer 300+ km hauls, cargo traffic should switch to eco-friendlier modes, like barges traversing inland waterways.
The container became pretty much the staple of modern global supply chains, chiefly because its ship-trucktrain-port handiness has been standardized. Under whatever latitude we're doing business, it's nowadays shaped like a box.
Ports have always had a significant role in making sure that trade runs as smoothly as possible - be it globally, regionally, or locally. In Finland, for instance, nearly 90% of exports and 80% of imports are transported by sea.