Rotterdam Launches New Digital Shipping Initiative

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) has launched PortXchange, a new company designed to make its digital shipping app ‘Pronto’ available to ports around the world.

According to a statement, the new company is set up to offer the ‘Pronto’ platform and application to ports around the world in the next few years.

The establishment of a separate company, which has been launched with a group of partners including Shell and A.P. Moller – Maersk, will enable partnerships with a variety of global players. It will initially offer Pronto to several ports outside the Netherlands.

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The launch of PortXchange provides a platform to create new strategic partnerships with ports, shipping companies and terminals, geared towards implementing smart digital solutions like Pronto in ports worldwide.

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This, in turn, contributes to PoR’s stated ambition to become the world’s smartest port. Allard Castelein, CEO. PoR, set out some details for the project’s ambitions.

“By making our application available to ports across the world we can optimize the potential of digital solutions,” Castelein said.  

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“The more ports use smart solutions, the more valuable these become. The establishment of a separate company for Pronto’s global rollout is an excellent example of this approach.”

On the partnership with Maersk and Shell, Castelein said: “Pronto will be offered in several ports in Europe and the US before the end of the year.

“The ambition for the years ahead is to make Pronto available to ports worldwide. Partnerships with major international players like Shell and Maersk play a crucial part in making Pronto a global success.”

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Grahame Henderson, Vice-President of Shell Shipping & Maritime: “We are moving towards a global, end-to-end digitally connected operating environment for shipping, as in the airline industry.

“For example, at Shell, our onshore digital centre is able to analyse 500 data points a second in real time from each ship we manage.

“In partnering on Pronto, we can see opportunities to extend this work to optimising port operations.

“The results of our trials so far have already shown the great benefits in increased efficiency, reduced fuel and operating costs, and lower emissions.”

Kent Stig Hagbarth, Head of Operations Execution, Maersk, also spoke: “We see a significant need and opportunity to improve the collaboration, communication, and single data usage amongst port participants for optimized sailing and port calls for vessels.

“The aim of the Pronto platform, to enable just in time arrival and optimize the port stay of our vessels, enables us to achieve our end goal of reducing our CO2 emissions.”

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