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Port of Rotterdam to take its digital shipping app worldwide

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched its new company PortXchange Products, which will offer the digital shipping app Pronto to ports around the world over the next few years.

The establishment of a separate company will enable partnerships with a variety of global players, noted the port authority.

Together with Shell and Maersk, PortXchange will initially offer Pronto to several ports outside the Netherlands.

Pronto can be used by shipping companies, agents, terminals, port authorities and other (nautical) service providers, which enables them to optimally plan, execute and monitor all activities during a port call based on the exchange of standardised data.

The In addition, the joint platform enables just-in-time sailing, which helps reduce carbon emissions.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “By making our application available to ports across the world we can optimise the potential of digital solutions.

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

The platform will be offered to several ports in Europe and the US before the end of the year, he added.

According to the Port of Rotterdam, the launch provides a platform to create new partnerships geared towards implementing smart digital solutions like Pronto in ports worldwide with ports, shipping companies and terminals.

This contributes to the port’s ambition of becoming the world’s smartest port, it added.

With trust between parties for the free exchange of data being vital to the successful introduction of Pronto in other ports, the establishment of a separate company enables the solution’s neutrality and independence, noted the port in a statement.

PortXchange aims to improve the efficiency of port calls and help clients reduce their emissions – both in the port as well as between ports.

Grahaeme Henderson, vice president of Shell Shipping & Maritime, stated: “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 at Maersk, said: “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.”