Port of Antwerp Authority partners with start-up accelerator PortXL
DATE: 06 March 2018
PortXL is growing internationally. After two successful editions in Rotterdam, it was announced last week that a similar programme will be launched in Singapore, no later than early 2019. The second international PortXL location is also a fact. The Port of Antwerp signed on Thursday 22 February a contract with PortXL International, the start-up accelerator that works with start-ups globally. Within this framework of collaboration, the Port of Antwerp wants to bring maritime start-ups into contact with companies in the port to accelerate the introduction of innovative technologies on the port platform.
This is the selection of start-ups and scale-ups for PortXL 2018!
DATE: 13 February 2018
The yearly scouting phase of PortXL – The First World Port Accelerator – is behind us. From September 2017 to January 2018, the acceleration program scouted one-thousand start-ups and scale-ups relevant for the sector. These are the selected companies and the technologies with which they will impact the sectors logistics, maritime and energy:
Sagar Defence is supplying more than 2 Million USD worth of unmanned vehicles
DATE: 14 December 2017
Big steps for PortXL participant Sagar Defence/Oceanos from India. Through the cooperation with leading security company IndianEye Security, Sagar Defence (parent company) in conjunction with subsidiary company Oceanos has bagged a large sum order in which Sagar Defence will supply unmanned vehicles for more than 2 Million USD to the state of Rajasthan, India. “The unmanned systems in question are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with visual payload providing real-time feedback capabilities,” says Nikunj Parashar, CEO Sagar Defence. “On top of this, the company has been awarded a project to supply unmanned systems for wildlife anti-poaching.”
RadiantFleet’s next leap
Agreement with Clearwater Ship Management
DATE: 15 November 2017
RadiantFleet is on a roll. In July 2017 the start-up, that provides maritime software solutions, welcomed Indofin Group as equity investor and strategic partner. As of November, RadiantFleet has announced their agreement with Clearwater Ship Management. The agreement includes the use of the RadiantFleet software platform (software as a service) for Crew and Fleet Management. Clearwater will manage from Rotterdam the shipping gateway to Europe.
RadiantFleet announces new partnership
Marios Papasofikli, RadiantFleet
DATE: 27 October 2017
July 2017 RadiantFleet has welcomed Indofin Group as equity investor and strategic partner. Indofin Group is actively involved in the management and business development of RadiantFleet.The Indofin Group brings over 4 decades of expertise in the shipping industry and management of international companies. RadiantFleet is convinced that Indofin Group will be an important catalyser for growing the business and will be a cornerstone in the global expansion of RadiantFleet.
Our creation story
Blog by Raymon Lubbers, FEO AR
DATE: 19 September 2017
Helping our customers better and faster with augmented reality software and a smart-glass. That was the basic idea behind the start of our company. Because with Augmented or Assisted reality solutions, technicians can be provided with 2D and 3D content at the right time to perform repairs and maintenance for all types of equipment. And if this is not enough, you can also support technicians through real time video communication, to arrive to a solution. This has to become a success, we not only save costs and time with this technology, we also capture knowledge, gather data and optimize business processes with our Augmented Reality software platform. FEO Augmented Reality for the Maritime was born.
Port of Rotterdam contracts 4 PortXL start-ups
Port of Rotterdam Authority/picture: Marc Nolte
DATE: 23 June 2017
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is entering into a partnership with four start-ups for the development of as many innovative projects. Along with six other starters, these companies took part in the port-related accelerator programme PortXL and presented their results during yesterday’s ‘Shakedown’.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.