New container release system to enhance Antwerp security

  • MSC Belgium introduces new system to allow customers to collect containers quickly in a secure environment

MSC Belgium has introduced a new container release system that enables customers in the Port of Antwerp to collect their containers both quickly and efficiently in a secure environment.

In a statement, the Antwerp-based shipping agent said that it sees the new system, rolled out on 8th May, as the first step towards making the port 100 percent secure.

The container release system will enable users to log in to an independent, secured portal website. Not until they are correctly logged in to the website are they given all the information necessary to collect their containers. The logging in process includes an additional identification step supported by Microsoft, making everything as secure as possible so that criminals have less opportunity to go about their nefarious business.

A further advantage of this system is that customers can see at all times which containers have been assigned to them, together with the status of the containers.

Customers of MSC will be able to carry on using the existing system until June 10th – giving them a month in which to get used to the new system.

PSA Antwerp said that it is fully behind this initiative and is providing all necessary technical and operational support to roll the system out more widely within the port, while the Antwerp Port Authority added that it is very enthusiastic about such initiatives from a private company, as it too has made the fight against organised crime a priority.

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