In this week\u2019s Future Trends – Design Fiction of Ports\u00a0we look at two futuristic visions of how shipping and on-demand goods delivery will work in a split-second supply chain in futuristic ports. And, we also show Voltri-Pra in Genoa and a discussion on the relationship between ports and cities with the Mayor of Antwerp, Deputy Mayor of Yokohama, and Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.Rolls-Royce | Future shore control centreRolls-Royce presents a vision of a future land-based control centre in which a small crew of 7 to 14 people monitor and control a fleet of remote controlled and autonomous vessels across the world.The crew uses interactive smart screens, voice recognition systems, holograms and surveillance drones to monitor what is happening both on board and around the ship. Remote and autonomous ships are one of three elements of the company\u2019s innovative Ship Intelligence strategy, which will enable customers to transform their marine businesses by harnessing the power of big data.The film marks the final stage of research that will inform the design and construction of an effective remote operations centre which is essential to the company\u2019s plans to develop autonomous and remote controlled vessels.The research was undertaken by VTT and University of Tampere research centre TAUCHI (Tampere Unit for Computer Human Interaction) in collaboration with Rolls-Royce. It explored the lessons learned from other industries where remote operation is commonplace, such as aviation, energy, defence, and space exploration.Kalmar Port 2060 visionNote: they don’t quite understand how Hyperloop will actually work in this. The one thing about really great design fiction is that things operate in ways that are absolutely realistic.Voltri-Pra, The Container Terminal of the FutureHere is a modern day operation aiming for efficiency and expecting change at Voltri-Pra in Genoa.The Future of Ports and Their Relationship with CitiesPorts and cities are intrinsically linked and have a strong historical association, although the relationship between port and a city\u2019s development is dynamic and may change over time. Various port-cities face their own unique challenges, shaped by local constraints and larger global trends. Do thriving ports remain drivers of cities\u2019 development? What are the processes that help to achieve synergies in port and city growth? What are the current and future challenges in balancing growth and liveability for port cities?Hear these stories and insights from Mayor of Antwerp, Mr Bart de Wever, Deputy Mayor of Yokohama, Mr Toshihide Hirahara and Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Mr Andrew Tan. The session will be moderated by Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International, Mr Tan Chong Meng. The lecture is jointly organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities and the MPA Academy.Related Articles from Nikolas Badminton:YVR 2037: Imagining the Future of AirportsNikolas is a world-leading\u00a0Futurist Speaker that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.Contact him\u00a0to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas\u2019 thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this\u00a0Youtube playlist.Please\u00a0SUBSCRIBE\u00a0to Nikolas\u2019 Youtube channel so that you don\u2019t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on\u00a0Linkedin,\u00a0Twitter, and bookmarked research on\u00a0Tumblr.