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11 May 2021
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Get inspired by stories of start-ups and scale-ups about innovation in the port of Rotterdam


Best practices of innovations in the port of Rotterdam


Innovators have their say in the column series Deining


See innovations in our port through the eye of innovators

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.

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.

Latest news

The 3D printed bollards in the port of Rotterdam
9 / 7 / 2021

World premiere: first series of 3D-printed bollards in Rotterdam harbour

Presentation participants PortXL 2021
24 / 6 / 2021

PortXL selects 15 innovators for maritime acceleration

Impressie Rail Force One
23 / 6 / 2021

First zero-emission, full-electric shunting locomotives for Port of Rotterdam in production


For start-ups and scale-ups

PortXL, the accelerator of maritime innovations, helps start-ups and scale-ups from all over the world to accelerate their innovations. Each year, participants gain access to a network of mentors, investors, maritime and corporate companies and sponsors.

Rotterdam Makers District

Together with M4HRDM forms the Rotterdam Makers District. The added value of the Makers District not only lies in the physical space, but also in a business climate that stimulates and strengthens cooperation and entrepreneurship. The goal is to create a community of successful and innovative entrepreneurs, integrated into a wider innovation ecosystem of companies, knowledge institutions, funding sources and prototype and testing facilities.

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Rotterdam Port Magazine

Get inspired by stories of a changing world in our online Rotterdam Port Magazine.

More information? Contact:

Marjolein Boer
Marjolein Boer
Manager Innovation