Pronto in Rotterdam Port for data exchange

The Port of Rotterdam has launched a new company through which it would offer Pronto, an application for standardized data exchange on port calls, to ports around the world.

The company that will be known as PortXchange Products BV was launched on August 8. It will allow Port of Rotterdam to join forces with global partners in the next few years and offer the application to interested parties.

Together with Shell and A.P. Moller – Maersk, PortXchange will initially offer Pronto to several ports outside the Netherlands.

“Pronto will be offered in several ports in Europe and the US before the end of the year,” Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority, said.

“We are moving towards a global, end-to-end digitally connected operating environment for shipping, as in the airline industry. For example, at Shell, our onshore digital center is able to analyse 500 data points a second in real time from each ship we manage,” Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of Shell Shipping & Maritime, said.

“In partnering on Pronto, we can see opportunities to extend this work to optimizing port operations.”

PortXchange will aim to improve the efficiency of port calls and help reduce emissions, both in the port as well as between ports, through just-in-time sailing.

“The aim of the Pronto platform, to enable just in time arrival and optimize the port stay of our vessels, enables us to achieve our end goal of reducing our CO2 emissions,” Kent Stig Hagbarth, Head of Operations Execution at A.P. Moller-Maersk, added.

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