Congratulations to Sagar Defence!
1st contract signing within 22 days of the program
DATE: 18 April 2017
We’re just three weeks into the program and already signed the first contract. The contract was signed between Sagar Defence and our partner Van Oord during the RMIF (Rotterdam Mainport Innovation Forum) event on April 18th. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and want to congratulate Sagar Defence with this milestone!
Van Oord has remotely operating boats. Sagar Defence has been asked to retrofit their systems on these boats to turn them autonomous for maritime survey operations. These boats will also be equipped with state of the art deliberate collusion avoidance systems to save them from any damage to the vessel and to the equipment on board. This will help the Van Oord survey team in easing out the operator and safety workload.
Fibersail receives 50k from Horizon 2020
Lisbon, 07th April 2017
DATE: 07 April 2017
After a very competitive and stringent analysis process Fibersail has been granted 50k€ in the most recent call of the Horizon 2020 — SME Instrument Phase I. This fund is managed by the EU Commission and is directed at European SMEs with high innovation and growth potential. Fibersail is one of the Portuguese startups awarded with this grant amongst thousands of applicants in the European Union.
The PortXL 2017 Startups
The 11 startups selected at the Selection Days
DATE: 21 February 2017
The eleven startups that will enter the PortXL Accelerator program are:
– Njord Filtration System
– 4Shipping: www.4shipping.com
– Green Sea Guard: www.greenseaguard.com
– Sagar Defence: www.sagardefence.com
– Feo AR: www.feo-ar.com
– MedAssist.Online: www.medassist.online
– McNetiq: www.mcnetiq.nl
– LiquidGold: www.liquidgold.co.za
– RadiantFleet: www.radiantfleet.com
Start-ups: keeping it real
Opinion piece Mare Straetmans, MD PortXL
DATE: 16 February 2017
The goal is known: the economy and society must be virtually CO₂-neutral within 30 years. In my habitat, the Port of Rotterdam, this challenge is experienced more keenly. Over half of the massive transhipment of 465 million tonnes a year is fossil-based. The same applies to productivity. Eighteen percent of all Dutch CO2 is emitted on the 12,500 hectares known as the Port of Rotterdam. At the same time, this port is home to Europe’s largest bio-based cluster and numerous initiatives are in progress to reduce the oil sector’s CO2 footprint and launch new businesses. The Port of Rotterdam’s industrial complex therefore provides fertile ground for the development of new ideas and is an excellent test bed for start-ups and scale-ups.
Have you been virtually on board?
Interview with Stefanos Katsolis
DATE: 10 January 2017
Making extremely precise scans of a ship, converting the information into a 3D model and a Virtual Reality tour to determine exactly where and how to adapt the ship’s infrastructure. This is what the Greek company XYZ 3D Laser Scanning does. “Our virtual installation is our unique selling point,” says Stefanos Katsolis, co-owner and co-founder of XYZ.
Rotterdam Port Fund van start
DATUM: 23 december 2016
Het Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, de Rotterdamse ondernemers Peter Goedvolk en Luc Braams , NIBC Bank, InnovationQuarter en Koninklijke Doeksen en hebben het Rotterdam Port Fund opgericht. Zij zien een groeiende markt voor actieve financiering voor innovaties om de transitie van de haveneconomie te stimuleren. Het fonds heeft een maximale omvang van € 75 mln. en wordt onafhankelijk geleid door Bastiaan van der Knaap en Frans van der Harst.
Innovate with Start-ups: The Vopak Way
Interview with Innovation Engagement Leader
DATE: 01 December 2016
This year Vopak celebrated their 400-year existence. A milestone Vopak would never have reached without innovating. “We’re constantly searching for solutions for problems that occur in the business. Start-ups can be a great help in solving these problems in a quicker and more efficient way,” says Bart van der Meer, Innovation Engagement Leader at Vopak.
PortCall expands to Sweden
Interview with Bryan Bender, CEO PortCall
DATE: 28 November 2016
PortCall has made some great developments! Along with new feature developments, Portcall has expanded to Sweden where they are holding a 5-month trial in Umeå Sweden together with PortCDM. PortCall was selected as an associated partner for the program ‘Sea Traffic Management, which includes the PortCDM project. The objective of PortCDM is to increase inter-port connections by looking at information standardisation such as: information share, port calls, ship arrivals and departures from port to port.
‘PortXL is looking for new start-ups for the port of Rotterdam’
DATE: 1 November 2016
Twelve port-related start-ups from around the world have settled in Rotterdam the last year. Six of these have a customer contract. Through this, the port accelerator PortXL has clearly proven itself in its first year. Today, November 1st, PortXL, together with its internationally recognized partners, is launching the new deadline for the start-up accelerator program.
‘Successful pilot project Vopak’
Interview with Dennis de Witte, AquasmartXL
DATE: 31 October 2016
AquasmartXL recently concluded a successful jetty inspection at the Vopak Terminal Botlek. The pilot project was commissioned by Vopak and carried out in cooperation with RoNik Inspectioneering. Dennis de Witte, managing director AquasmartXL: ‘the cooperation was established during the selection days of PortXL. CIO Leo Brand and Innovation Engagement Manager Bart van der Meer from Vopak were interested in our drone for jetty inspections.
They advised us to talk to RoNik about a co-creation. And so we did.’
‘Rotterdam is the leading centre for start-ups in the Netherlands’
DATE: 26 October 2016
Rotterdam is doing rather well. What am I saying: Rotterdam is doing fantastic! The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Lonely Planet – they’ve all included Rotterdam as one of the world’s “must visit” destinations. The city is praised for its dynamism, its atmosphere, its history and its breath-taking architecture.
‘Trash-Eating “Shark” Drone Hits the Water in Rotterdam’
DATE: 11 September 2016
Two new experimental craft could make ports cleaner and more efficient.
At last weekend’s World Port Days conference, the Port of Rotterdam debuted a pair of aquatic drones to help the port operate more efficiently and cleanly. One is the Waste Shark, an autonomous vessel to gather waste from the port’s busy waters before it can be washed out to sea.