Port of Rotterdam fits ‘smart bollards’ for safer operations


The Port of Rotterdam Authority has installed six ‘smart bollards’ following successful trials along the quay of the Hutchison Ports ECT Delta terminal on the Maasvlakte.

The six bollards, which were developed in collaboration with Straatman BV, Zwijndrecht, are positioned side by side at one berth for large container ships at the Port of Rotterdam.

Greater insight is gained – with the bollards that measure the strength of the mooring lines – about what the consequences of berthing, docking, and idling container ships at the quay are, according to the Port of Rotterdam.

The port reported that the installation of the smart berths align with the Port Authority’s policy of making the port safer and more efficient through digitalisation.

READ: Port of Rotterdam launches digitalisation programme for freight transport

The installation adds to a list of measures enacted by the port to digitalise its operations.

In May 2022, the Port of Rotterdam strengthened its collaboration with the Port of Duisburg (duisport) to expand initiatives in the area of digitisation and energy transition.

More recently, the Netherlands-based digital solutions provider, PortXchange Products B.V., announced the launch of PortXchange EmissionInsider, with the Port of Rotterdam as the launching customer.

PortXchange EmissionInsider is a digital solution designed to support ports in achieving their decarbonisation targets from all transport-related emissions.

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