Rotterdam Port Authority starts partnerships with three promising shipping companies

Following their selection in the annual PortXL innovation program, the Port Authority of Rotterdam is starting a concrete exploration of partnerships with three scale-ups. These highly promising companies work in areas ranging from water quality monitoring and research to generating intelligent information about the technological performance of shipping operations.

Together with seven other start-ups and scale-ups, these companies have been subjected to the PortXL program, which attracts innovations from all over the world to Rotterdam where they can develop further. The Port of Rotterdam is an innovation incubator. In the coming period, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will examine whether these companies can contribute to making the Port of Rotterdam safer, more efficient and more sustainable.


TechBinder was created following a pilot project between Damen Shipyards and Schneider Electric. TechBinder provides insight into the technology performance of shipping operations using a mix of proven industry asset monitoring and IoT (the Internet of Things) technologies. It enables shipyards and shipping companies to prevent defects and improve vessel performance. Over the coming period, the Port Authority will examine how TechBinder’s products and knowledge can add value to the management and optimization of its own patrol vessels.

Water overview

Water Insight specializes in water quality monitoring and research. He has expertise in both processing satellite data for large areas and performing in situ optical measurements for detailed information. Water Insight has developed its own scanner, the WISP-3, to collect local measurements. In the coming period, the Port Authority of Rotterdam and Water Insight will examine whether it is possible to map the dispersion of sediment resulting from a specific dredging technology.

PortXL Focus

Source: Port of Rotterdam


Climate change means that we are increasingly experiencing extreme weather conditions. i4sea develops accurate models that predict the state of tides, currents, waves, wind and precipitation at a hyper-local level and advises on the expected impact of weather on the operations of terminals, pilots, etc. . In the coming period, a study will be conducted to determine whether this information can add value to maritime traffic control.

About the PortXL program

PortXL is the world’s leading port accelerator and is one of a kind, with a global network of leading companies and experts. PortXL is looking globally for promising start-ups and scale-ups for the green energy, marine, logistics and process sectors. The PortXL ecosystem includes start-ups and scale-ups, investors and partners, as well as market-leading companies such as key partners Van Oord and the Port Authority of Rotterdam, as well as partners Mammoet, Vopak, Boskalis, Shell, Oceanco, Deltares, Municipality of Rotterdam, Ampelmann, North Sea Port, InnovationQuarter and Province of South Holland. PortXL was launched in 2015. So far, it has executed ten programs, accelerated over 100 start-ups and scale-ups, and facilitated over 220 deals.
Source: Port of Rotterdam