Marseille Backs European Blockchain Pilot


The Marseille Fos Port Authority has announced its support for a blockchain pilot project that aims to demonstrate the power of enhanced freight logistics on the Mediterranean-Rhone-Saone (MeRS) axis.

Scheduled for launch in June 2019, the proof-of-concept prototype will test the securitisation of the digital transport chain as a way of improving the reliability and competitiveness of intermodal freight forwarding.

According to a statement, the blockchain-based solution will provide certified users with direct access to protected documentation, enabling numerous parties to share data without the need for dedicated infrastructure.

Nadia Hewett, WEF, discusses the integration of blockchain into the maritime supply chain in a recent Port Technology technical paper

The pilot project, designated by an inter-ministry MeRS development body, was launched at a seminar hosted by the Port of Marseille, one of France’s largest ports.

In addition to the Marseille Fos Port Authority, this scheme has the financial backing of La Banque des Territoires, part of the public investment institution Caisse des Depots, and waterways authorities Voies Navigables de France and La Compagnie Nationale du Rhone.

In terms of the pilot’s implementation, the lead will be shared by cargo tracking specialist Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), blockchain solutions specialist KeeeX, and BuyCo, a collaborative platform for the management of container imports and exports.



Shippers, transport companies and intermodal operators are also part of a consortium providing further expertise on the project.

Marseille Fos predicts that the “combination of logistics and technological expertise” facilitated by the pilot will create an innovative system which gives greater control and visibility throughout the supply chain.

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