As reported in last month’s WorldCargo News, Antwerp startup T-Mining is working on a pilot project to use blockchain technology to make container handling in the port of Antwerp more efficient and secure. The pilot will start with gate transactions, using blockchain to ensure only the right truck driver is given clearance to collect a particular container.
The NxtPort data utility platform is an initiative created by a number of leading maritime and logistic companies and industry associations from the Port of Antwerp to collect and pool data across the port. NxtPort and T-mining have now joined forces to pursue a wider implementation of blockchain. “NxtPort wants to unite the entire port community around a unique data platform that stimulates logistical as well as technological innovations - in order to turn our ports into technological world leaders,” the parties said in a statement.
“Through co-creation between port community and technological players, NxtPort is strongly focusing on innovative technologies such as blockchain.” says Hans Verbeeck, the CTO of NxtPort. “Blockchain is unique in that it is a decentralized system in which not a single person or organisation owns the data. In particular within a complex logistical chain with many links and multiple interactions, blockchain has huge potential. T-mining is a true pioneer in the field of blockchain, making it obvious we cooperate with them closely.”
The first phase involves replacing the PIN numbers used by a trucker to access the port with “smart contracts” using a blockchain to “guarantee that only the right person will be able to retrieve the right container”.
“NxtPort will function as access point for T-Mining’s blockchain technology, and will equally make it accessible on the data platform. In that way, developers can link it to other technologies and in turn build new applications on it,” the parties added. This can include exchanging documents and other data, financial transactions and supporting other container related processes.
NxtPort and T-mining will present the first results of their partnership at the ‘NxtPort - The Next Level’ community event taking place on October 11. Further information is available here