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About SmartPort

Solutions for future challenges

The smartest and first in class port worldwide. That is exactly the intention of Rotterdam to be in 2030. As it is, Europe’s leading port and industrial complex boast a winning combination of ‘Global Hub’ and ‘Europe’s Industrial Cluster’ – both leading in the field of efficiency, quality and sustainability.

It is an inspiring ambition that creates quite a few challenges. 

It is about developing knowledge, share and use it from one collective ambition. The transition onto the best and smartest port can only become successful when all parties involved jointly provide solutions to changes the future will bring.

We are convinced that the most impact in developing knowledge is based on specific questions from the market and that the best results arise when the optimal benefit is gained from joined forces of trade and industry, authorities, and science.

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Team members

Dirk Koppenol | Portfolio Manager

‘Making research more applicable for businesses’ Dirk Koppenol PhD – “In 2016, I promoted on the...
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Dominique van Westenbrugge | Office assistant

"Think along the line of challenges rather than in limitations” “I support the entire SmartPort...
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Elisabeth van Opstall | Managing Director

‘Requirements from trade & industry are the backbone from SmartPort. This provides the needed...
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Joan van Winsen | Communication & Event manager

‘Translating scientific research to applicable knowledge’ Joan van Winsen – “After my training...
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Natalya Rijk

Natalya Rijk | Project developer Smart Energy & Industry & World Port City

'Bringing the energy transition forward, together with businesses’ Natalya Rijk MSc - “Since...
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Robert van der Linden | Advisor Port of Rotterdam

'Always room for improvement’ Robert van der Linden - “I’ve been involved in SmartPort from the...
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Roy van den Berg | Project developer Smart Logistics

‘Setting the next step in digitalisation and automation in logistics’ Roy van den Berg PhD -  “In...
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Egbert van der Wal | Manager Port Engineering Port of Rotterdam & Ambassador SmartPort

‘Rotterdam port should be in the forefront in development of ‘Smart Infrastructure’ Egbert van der...
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Frank van Oort | Professor of Urban / Regional Economics & Ambassador SmartPort

'Strengthening the relationship of port and city is of essential interest in the coming...
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Michiel Nijdam | Corporate Strategist Port of Rotterdam & Ambassador SmartPort

'Applying the proper knowledge is the base of the competitive position of the port of Rotterdam'...
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Rob Zuidwijk | Professor Ports in Global Networks RSM & Ambassador SmartPort

‘Optimising port logistics through digitalisation and automation’ Rob Zuidwijk Professor Ports in...
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Ruud Melieste | Corporate Strategist Port of Rotterdam & Ambassador SmartPort

'Targeted research is needed to realise significant CO2 reduction’ Ruud Melieste Corporate...
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Frank Tazelaar | Managing Director TBA & Boardmember SmartPort

“As it is, the smartest port of the future requires a dialogue between science and port...
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Frits Eulderink | COO Vopak & Boardmember SmartPort

“Science is likely the best guideline for sustainable long-term choices. SmartPort brings science...
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Paul Althuis | Directeur Delft Entreprises & Bestuurslid SmartPort

Paul Althuis Directeur Delft Enterprises | Bestuurslid SmartPort...
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Paul Smits | CFO Port of Rotterdam & Chairman of the Board

“SmartPort ensures that Rotterdam will remain the smartest port, through linking the best...
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Rinke Zonneveld | Director InnovationQuarter & Boardmember SmartPort

“Science develops demand driven knowledge through SmartPort, in order to remain the smartest and...
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Ton van der Pijl | Director NBD Erasmus University & Bestuurslid SmartPort

“SmartPort leads the way to a future proof port.” Ton van der Pijl Secretary Executive Board,...
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