SPSCT Expert Profile: PortXL


PortXl is at the forefront of marine supply chain innovation. It is a world leading start-up incubator, with the aim of accelerating innovation in ports worldwide.

It does this by partnering with pioneering start-ups and entrepreneurs, focusing on building ecosystems that create value for all stakeholders.

PortXL has been working on a number of ground breaking projects in 2018, one of the most visionary being AquaDrone, an innovation collaboration it has undertaken with AquaSmartXL.

The AquaDrone complements or even replaces visual inspections on vessels and at ports. In July 2018, it was trialled at the Port of Amsterdam’s aquatic test zone – an initiative designed to stimulate innovation with aerial and aquatic drone operations.

Another one of PortXL’s key projects is its drive for radical eco-friendly innovation. In 2018, at the Port of Rotterdam, it announced the results of its ‘Shakedown’ initiative to find ways of cutting emissions and improving supply chain efficiencies.

PortXL's MD Mare Straetmans asks if start-ups are the new industry leaders in a Port Technology technical paper

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Van Oord, a leading international marine engineering company, were part of a group of supply chain companies that partnered with PortXL’s start-ups during ‘Shakedown’.

The agreement by Van Oord to pilot Ionada’s Semi Dry Scrubbers, which is due to come into effect in the fourth quarter of 2018, was one of 15 contracts signed with PortXL start-ups this year.  

PortXL’s Managing Director Mare Straetmans will give a presentation on October 2 at PTI’s Smart Ports and Supply Chain Technologies Rotterdam Conference on port digitization, before sitting down to a panel discussion with other top executives.

Subjects up for discussion will include the effect of new technologies, such as IoT, blockchain and augmented reality, particularly in the field of big data analysis.

Other speakers in the session include Gerald Hirt, MD, HVCC, Tim Clark, Director of Sales, Channel Systems & Accessories, Motorola Solutions and Jan Egbertsen, Manager of Innovation, Port of Amsterdam.

Make sure you don’t miss the October 2-3 Smart Ports and Supply Chain Technologies Conference in Rotterdam, which will bring together industry leaders with revolutionary ideas.   

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