Would you like to know more about innovation in the port of Rotterdam – exciting new developments like blockchain, autonomous shipping and IoT applications? Or are you looking for room to innovate in Rotterdam, or partners to team up with? Keep an eye on this site for updates.

Why innovate in Rotterdam?

In Rotterdam we are always looking for new ways to make our port even smarter, more efficient, safer and more sustainable. As a result, Rotterdam offers a wide range of opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. That’s because a smart, carbon-neutral port calls for radical innovation and new technologies. In Rotterdam we field-test innovations, implement new technologies and link established firms to up-and-coming players.

Innovation ecosystem

Active collaboration between innovative companies, start-ups and scale-ups, accelerators, investment funds, government organisations, knowledge institutes and test and prototyping facilities has created a strong innovation ecosystem that serves as a flywheel for innovation and transition processes.

Innovation acceleration programme

PortXL, world’s first maritime innovation accelerator in the port of Rotterdam, helps start-ups and scale-ups around the globe to accelerate their innovation process. Every year, participants are given access to a network of mentors, investors, maritime firms, corporations and sponsors.


Trends and developments in the field of digitisation are changing the environment in which we and our customers operate. The supply chain partners see opportunities in digitisation, with the potential to improve the competitiveness of the port of Rotterdam.

Energy in transition

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to combating climate change and wants to play a leading role in the global energy transition. The reduction of CO₂ emissions and efficient use of raw and residual materials are important tasks for the Port Authority.


Interested in finding out more about innovation in the port of Rotterdam and opportunities to work together?

Marjolein Boer, port of Rotterdam
Marjolein Boer
Manager Innovation
Foto Koen Vogel
Koen Vogel
Project Manager Innovation
Foto Marjolein Hulsebosch
Marjolein Hulsebosch
Project Manager Innovation

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