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August 8, 2019

Rotterdam Port Lunches PortXchange

Image: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Image: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched new company PortXchange Products BV  to make digital shipping app Pronto available to ports worldwide.

PortXchange is set up to offer the Pronto platform and application 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.

Together with strategic partners Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited and A.P. Moller - Maersk, PortXchange will initially offer Pronto to several ports outside the Netherlands.

The launch of PortXchange provides a platform to create new strategic partnerships with ports, shipping companies and terminals, geared towards implementing smart digital solutions like Pronto in ports worldwide. This in turn contributes to the ambition of Port of Rotterdam to become the world’s smartest port.

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

To this end, the company provides Pronto: a joint platform that 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 standardized data.

In addition, Pronto enables just-in-time sailing, which helps reduce carbon emissions.

Taking the lead in digital transformation enables the Port of Rotterdam to become more efficient, reliable and, as result, more competitive.

“By making our application available to ports across the world we can optimize 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,” stated Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority.