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Nominees SmartPort Thesisprice 2018 announced!

SmartPort will announce the winner of the SmartPort Thesisprice 2018 at 'Het Rotterdams Havenevenement' on June 7th. The Thesisprice is awarded to the best masterthesis (TUDelft or Erasmus University) with a port related theme. The nominees are: Christian Kaps;...

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SmartPort Summit 2018 -November 15th @Ahoy

‘Wat als het lukt?’ #SmartPortSummit2018 SmartPort has knowledge to share this year, loads of knowledge. More than 45 projects will be completed this year. Knowledge about the energy transition, logistic digitalization and automation and maritime infrastructure. We...

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Roadmap Smart Logistics

Programme Digitisation of logistics

GS1 for standardized concepts in port logistics

Standardization of concepts in port logistics can increase efficiency in the port. Is it possible to create a list of unambiguous definitions by means of GS1?

Blockchain for port logistics

Can blockchain technology be used in port logistics? What are practical applications?

Barge-port stay predictor

Can the time of container barges staying in the port be predicted on the basis of available data?


What trends and developments can be found in the field of smart refrigerated containers, the so-called reefer containers?

ETA predictor

An accurate predictor of the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of incoming vessels in the Rotterdam port area makes it possible to plan all processes that follow upon arrival.


In order to get acquainted with and experience aspects of synchromodal transport, serious gaming has been introduced, in this case called synchrogaming.

Programme Automation of Logistics

Truck Platooning

Truck platooning refers to trucks driving automatically in small convoys, a short distance apart, resulting in a smoother traffic flow, higher traffic safety, fuel savings and a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Rail feeder innovation

Innovations make rail transport in the port more efficient and make rail transport an appealing, full-fledged alternative amongst other modalities.

Deep sea call size – larger seagoing vessels

Ships being used for the transport of containers are increasing in size. What consequences does this have on the sailing routes and port activities?

Roadmap Smart Energy & Industry

Programme Wind at Sea

Deep Decarbonisation Pathways

Four scenarios that lead to a reduction of CO₂ emissions in the Rotterdam port area by 2050, ranging from 30% to 98%.

Wind at Sea

By 2015, Wind energy, mainly generated in shore areas, will be used to generate huge amounts of green electricity. What possibilities does this provide for the port of Rotterdam?

Programme Electrification industrial cluster

System integration Energy

System integration makes it possible to take full advantage of the supply of sustainable energy in the port area while ensuring continuity of the business processes.

DDP  – Power-2-Gas-2-Refineries

Is the use of sustainable hydrogen in refinery processes technically and economically feasible?

DDP bottom-up  – Power-2-Hydrogen

The production and use of green hydrogen is an important factor in reducing CO2 emissions in the Rotterdam port area. Is the large-scale application of sustainable H2 feasible and if so, how?

Roadmap Futureproof Port Infrastructure

Programme Navigation through fluid mud

Navigation through fluid mud

There is a new, improved method for surface depth measurements through fluid mud. This results in a larger under keel clearance without any additional dredging and costs.

Programme Nautical traffic models

Climate change and inland navigation

Climate change affects the water levels of waterways. With knowledge of these effects, appropriate measures can be taken to keep waterways navigable.

Nautical traffic management

The use of new nautical traffic models can improve the smooth and safe handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam.

Programme Quay wall of the future

Port Constructor

Port Constructor is a serious game, a game environment in which the player gains insight into what is involved in managing and developing a port.

External effects on the port

Understanding trends and developments provides better decision-making information for investments in maritime infrastructure.

Quay walls of the future

Sensors on quay walls provide data on the condition of the quay. With that information maintenance can be done more efficiently and at lower costs. The data also reveal hidden capacities, which allows more intense use of quays.

Roadmap  World Port City

Next Generation Waterfronts

The development of a hybrid port area requires joint management and action of stakeholders with divergent interests. How to organize this governance?

World Port City Index

Port activities and port-related business reinforce each other. The World Port City Index shows the development of Rotterdam’s port-related business services clusters, such as suppliers, law firms, and insurers.

Benchmark innovative ecosystems

Comparative international research shows that Rotterdam has great potential to develop a strong innovation district.

Roadmap Port Strategy

Port Innovation Barometer 2016

The Port Innovation Barometer shows how the innovative climate evolves in the port of Rotterdam.

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