Dutch digital solution providers PortXchange has agreed a new five-year partnership with Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB) to work on the adoption and development of PortXchange’s proprietary system.
The agreement comes after a 12-month trial period and will see PortXchange fully integrate the Port Bureau’s current HarborLights Vessel Tracking System into PortXchange’s platform.
In return PortXchange will continue to develop several features with bespoke functionality to fit the specific needs of the Houston port community while also maintaining their digital infrastructure and onboard new users and facilitate APIs.
“This five-year engagement is a result of the perseverance and commitment of a large group of like-minded participants keen to decrease port turnaround time and increase efficiency of port calls,” explained PortXchange’s Managing Director, Sjoerd de Jager.
“Foremost is the Port Bureau, which embraced the idea that digitalisation and scheduling transparency is the future of any port, and we look forward to extending our collaboration in the Houston port community.”
President of the Greater Houston Port Bureau, Capt. Bill Diehl, added, “Digitalisation and data are key for the port of Houston region to increase predictability, improve efficiency, and remain globally competitive.”
“We often refer to our Port Bureau members as competitive partners because they work together to solve problems that affect the entire port, not just their own businesses. By partnering with PortXchange to offer data sharing platforms tailored to the unique needs of the port of Houston region, we are giving our industry members another tool for collaboration.”
This is not the only partnership that PortXchange have been involved with, as in July 2020 they joined forces with Future is Smart (FIS), a Peruvian shipping consultancy firm, to launch their platform in Peru.