Sharing information

The logistics sector is rich with useful data. But this is also what makes it such a challenging source. Each link in the chain yields its own information. We can achieve the biggest wins by increasing our insight into the entire chain. That means that chain members need to share their data. The Port of Rotterdam Authority creates added value for its partners by facilitating and stimulating the exchange of information within the chain.

We have taken on an active role in this process, making data and information readily available and developing applications that yield advantages for our clients and for the logistics chain in general. We achieve this by investing in the collection of the required data, for example. Or by working together with partners on the development of new digital services and products. Examples of digital products and services that bring together chain information include:

  • Port Community System (PCS), which combines a range of smart services that result in the simplified and more efficient exchange of information between companies and between the private sector and public authorities.
  • Pronto: This application helps ship agents and other operators to draw up a more efficient planning for ship services like pilotage, terminal use and bunker services.
  • Navigate: An online route planner that offers a comprehensive overview of transport connections from, to and via Rotterdam.
  • Nextlogic : A collaborative programme within, by and for the inland container shipping sector. Based on a partnership between various sea port terminals, empty depots and barge operators. These partners are jointly developing the products, systems and processes required for optimising the chain.


The Port of Rotterdam Authority is also one of the participants, together with the Municipality of Rotterdam, in BlockLab. This field lab for blockchain technology is used to develop and test blockchain solutions for the logistics sector and energy industry. Blockchain technology is considered one of the most crucial areas of innovation today. Essentially it means that users no longer need a third party to conclude a transaction. The various checks and balances are provided by data technology, which also ensures that the transaction is automatically processed. This makes it possible to dramatically improve the systematic efficiency of large networks, chains and markets – without need for a dominant regulating party. Blockchain can be used by companies, individuals and even machines. It is the core technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, for example.

PORT FORWARD: Solutions for the digital port.

We have been developing digital solutions and automating our processes since the nineties. Now we would also like to help other ports increase their business value and introduce transparency, speed, efficiency and safety in their activities and supply chains.

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