• 2017 July 26 16:00

    Port of Antwerp supports pilot project for secure, efficient release of containers

    Antwerp Port Authority is collaborating with the City of Antwerp, the University of Antwerp and IMEC to develop a "Capital of Things." The Port of Antwer says one example of this is a digital platform for secure, efficient release of containers for collection within the port.

    With the Capital of Things the four partners in this ambitious project aim to develop a unique ecosystem based on the Internet of Things (IoT). This ecosystem will comprise a dense innovation network that creates value through a combination of training, research, living labs, venture capital, corporates and international brands.

    The innovation network will focus on five areas that will help to develop the structure of the city and region: the smart city, e-health, the smart port, industry 4.0 and the circular economy. The first practical result is the development of a unique, inter-university course on the Internet of Things which will start in September this year, leading to a "post-master's" degree. The curriculum will be offered in close synergy with the business world and IMEC, the research and innovation hub for nano-electronics and digital technology.

    The Antwerp start-up T-Mining is currently working on a pilot project based on a blockchain solution for secure, efficient release of containers on the terminal. Thanks to this technology the process which involves various parties (shipping company, haulier, freight handler, forwarder and ship's agent) can be digitised and made secure. 

    "Currently a haulier uses a PIN code to collect a container on the terminal," explains Nico Wauters, CEO of T-Mining. But this PIN code passes between various different parties that are involved, so there is a risk of it falling into the wrong hands and the container being collected by an authorised person. With our blockchain platform the right truck driver is given clearance to collect a particular container, without any possibility of the process being intercepted. Furthermore our platform uses a distributed network, so that the transaction can go ahead only if there is consensus among all participating parties, thus excluding any attempts at fraud or unauthorised interference."

    Smart management of the supply chain is an area of main effort for the Antwerp port community. This will be accompanied by innovations in infrastructure management, logistics processing and traffic flows. The Port Authority will coordinate in this area with NxtPort, the neutral data-sharing platform of the private port community, with the emphasis on IoT start-ups for innovation in the logistical, maritime and industrial context. The ambition is to connect all the main assets in the port of Antwerp in real time, offering end-to-end integration with the private port companies in an open ecosystem. The Port Authority also aims to attract new activities driven by technological developments such as the circular economy, biochemistry and sustainable energy.




2018 June 21

18:27 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Philadelphia with Koch
18:00 CMA CGM announces new rotation on ASAF service
17:56 Russia is in need of small bunkering tankers, LNG bunker supply ships and bunker barges - Damen
17:31 Gate terminal (Gasunie/Vopak) to increase ship loading flow rate
16:58 Antwerp blockchain pilot pioneers with secure and efficient document workflow
16:24 Freeport of Riga Authority joins Cruise Lines International Association
16:02 Danaos Corporation announces comprehensive debt refinancing agreement
15:50 MABUX: All eyes are on what course of action OPEC will call for
15:40 12 LNG bunker supply ships to be put into operation in Singapore by 2025
15:02 Ship garbage recycling pilot wraps up at Port of Brisbane
14:39 Vyborg Shipyard launches port icebreaker Ob built for FSUE Atomflot
14:02 APM Terminals supports World Clean Air Day with App upgrade
13:41 Igor Zolotykh appointed as Harbour Master of port Ust-Luga
13:23 Victor Olersky appoints Igor Ishchenko as Harbour Master of port Primorsk
13:02 EU member states’ experts on ship recycling meet in Brussels
12:39 XI Russian Forum “Current State and Prospects for Development of Russian Bunker Services Market” opens in Saint-Petersburg
12:16 ABS issues industry-leading Guide advancing DC power for hybrid electric applications
12:00 Largest gantry crane in the Nordic countries delivered to Meyer Turku
11:57 HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center and the Rotterdam Port Authority launch unique cooperation
10:55 CMA CGM to acquire CONTAINERSHIPS, a leader in intra-regional transportation in Northern Europe
10:53 Protecting marine life from ship noise is in the focus of meeting on oceans and the law of the sea
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:02 Maritime officials in Morocco undergo training at IMO workshop in Casablanca
09:41 Closer look at the interpretation of maritime law
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,373 points

2018 June 20

18:00 Lead landing ship of Project 11711, Ivan Gren, joins the fleet of RF Navy
17:33 Rosatomflot extends its winter-spring navigation period amid challenging ice conditions
17:05 Genco Shipping & Trading Limited completes common stock offering
16:05 Seatruck Ferries to use larger vessels for Warrenpoint service
15:51 Maritime leaders endorse green initiatives for shipping
15:30 Mitsui to make entry into subsea support vessel business through acquisition of shares in AKOFS Offshore
15:04 Eighty-two Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of 613 combined years of safe operations
14:59 GasLog Partners LP announces new charter agreement with Cheniere Energy
14:24 Small icebreakers of Project 22740 can be converted to run on LNG
14:05 Cheniere Energy and Cheniere Energy Partners announce definitive merger agreement
13:13 ABB brings efficiency and sustainability through system integration to two new Indian ferries
12:39 Dredging works commenced at the port of Ust-Luga
12:01 ABP Southampton publishes Air Quality Strategy with package of commitments
11:20 Bunker prices are down up at the port of Novorossiysk, Russia (graph)
11:01 Crowley adds 40 ISO tanks
10:45 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant completed the series of six boom-laying boats
10:31 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the tanks of a new LNG carrier
10:22 Brent Crude futures price up 0.41% to $75.41, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.59% to $65.3
10:05 Euroports increases pulp & paper warehousing capacity in Tarragona, Spain
10:00 RF Government expands the list of publicly funded projects in seaports and on IWW of Russia
09:37 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,419 points

2018 June 19

18:06 100 million dollars to link the Nile with Suez Canal Region
17:03 DNV GL partners with the EU and Government of India to bring offshore wind to the Indian market
16:32 CMA CGM deploys its innovative solution for containers tracking, TRAXENS by CMA CGM
16:18 APM Terminals ‘Cool port’ barge service speeds up distribution from Rotterdam
16:02 Multraship acquires an ASD Tug from Med Marine for Terneuzen operations
15:32 Koper remains the most important port for Austria
15:02 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to Africa, Gulf and West Coast North of India
14:32 Port of Oakland import volume flat in May 2018
14:25 Europort Romania maintains its position as the premier Black Sea martime event
14:02 British Ports Association comments on new report on Northern ‘Free Ports’ strategy proposal
13:32 Port seeks to double rail volume with Railport Antwerpen
13:02 Rijkswaterstaat awarded Van Oord the contract to dredge Marker Wadden channel
12:32 MOL to make full-scale move into subsea support vessel business by acquiring stake in AKOFS of Norway