DP World Antwerp introduces finger scanning solution for container security

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DP World Antwerp Gateway has introduced a fingerprint scanning technology to help improve security for container collection, known as the Certified Pick up (CPu) software.

DP World has successfully tested the CPu software in collaboration with NxtPort, and with Belgium logistics companies Katoen Natie and Van More.

DP World will reportedly be implementing the technology across its Antwerp Gateway terminal.

The company has reported that it is boosting the safety of container transport by removing outdated processes for identification and pick-up by introducing the CPu software.

Containers at a terminal were traditionally accessed by inputting a pin code, which risks multi-party handling and exposing containers to misuse, reported DP World.

DP World have, however, reported that the CPu software enhances operational security as it pre-registers and vets truck drivers through NxtPort, enabling them to collect containers at the DP World terminal by matching the driver’s fingerprints to their specific container, via the container’s Alfapass.

The first containers were successfully collected mid-March and this technology will be required for all transporters in due course.

Antwerp Gateway is also adapting its systems so that containers can be picked up by barge and train via CPu.

DP World reported that almost 2000 companies have registered interest in obtaining CPu thus far, and expansion plans include onboarding inland shipping and rail.

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Dirk Van den Bosch, CEO DP World in Antwerp, said: “The success of our pilot project with Van Moer and Katoen Natie is the first step towards further rolling out CPu with all stakeholders and for all modes of transport in 2023.

“We are hopeful that the industry will see the benefits of increased security at container terminals and introduce this technology throughout the entire logistics chain.”

This announcement comes six months after Portchain announced DP World Antwerp Gateway will join and use the Portchain Connect network to increase the quality and speed of its berth alignment with customers through digital handshakes and secure data sharing.

More recently in February 2023, DP World Antwerp Gateway acquired nine Kalmar hybrid straddle carriers will have a lifting capacity of 60 tonnes.

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