• 2019 June 24 13:37

    Port of Rotterdam Authority to collaborate with four new companies

    During the finale of the 4th edition of the annual innovation programme PortXL, the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed individual Letters of Intent with four enterprising new companies that are expected to help make the port more sustainable, more efficient and ‘smarter’. The firms in question are Richtlijn Geodesie, Flower Turbines, Ladar Ltd and Planys Tech. In addition, the Port Authority issued a so-called Letter of Support to Eco Wave Power.

    PortXL is a three-month accelerator programme in which fledgling firms receive intensive coaching from mentors and experts from the private sector. This support is intended to supercharge the further development of their initiative. The products presented by these promising start-ups range from new uses for compact wind turbines to the development of smart sensors that can be installed along quay walls. A total of 16 start-ups participated in the most recent edition of this innovation programme.

    The Port Authority plans to jointly determine with Richtlijn Geodesie the feasibility of a pilot project – in partnership with the Municipality of Rotterdam – that involves installing smart sensors at various quay walls in the port area. It will work together with Flower Turbines on a joint study into the sustainable, decentralised generation of power in port projects. These wind turbines are easy to fit due to their small size. Ladar Ltd’s sensors rely on laser technology and are used to increase our insight into the movements of recreational shipping traffic. The main objective of this pilot project is product comparison.

    With Planys Tech, the Port Authority will be starting a joint pilot project that uses a remote-controlled vessel to measure the wall thickness of sheet pile walls. This project will mainly focus on locations that create safety issues for human divers. Eco Wave Power is an innovative company that develops advanced floats that can convert wave motion into power. The Port Authority has issued this initiative with a letter of support and will be following the technological progress of this promising scale-up with keen interest.

    Richtlijn Geodesie collects exact geo-data. Its DefoCube product is based on a low-cost GPS monitoring system that provides highly accurate insight into the real-time status of civil engineering assets.

    Thanks to their modest span of 3 to 6 metres, Flower wind turbines can be used for a range of applications. In addition, they combine relatively high efficiency with low noise levels and are bird friendly thanks to their relatively closed surface. Through this partnership, the Port Authority hopes to give new impetus to the generation and consumption of sustainable power.

    Planys Tech is a deep-tech start-up that presents innovative solutions for the inspection and maintenance of underwater assets in a range of sectors and segments, including ports, shipping, oil and gas, process industry, electricity, desalination, dams and bridges.

    Ladar Ltd

    Ladar Ltd develops laser-based sensor technology for various applications in the offshore and maritime sectors – autonomous shipping, for example. The collected data can be used for the monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure, platforms and vessels and for surveillance purposes.

    About the PortXL programme

    PortXL was established in 2015 in Rotterdam by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, in partnership with Van Oord, Vopak, Boskalis EY, Uniper, Rabobank, Rotterdam Port Fund, InnovationQuarter and Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. As the world’s only accelerator programme that focuses on port-related start-ups, PortXL has since expanded to local programmes in Singapore, Antwerp and Italy.

    PortXL scouts worldwide for promising start-ups and scale-ups in the Transport & Logistics, Energy, Chemical & Refining and Maritime sectors. After being selected from a range of applicants, the 16 start-ups and scale-ups participating in this year’s programme worked hard over the past three months to raise their innovations to the next level. In this process, they could count on the intensive coaching support of mentors, partners and experts found within the PortXL network.




2019 July 21

16:31 USCG begins investigation into three tugboats sinking
15:18 Tolent kicks off construction of Triton Knoll’s new base on Grimsby’s Royal Dock
14:48 ONE launches new direct service between South East India, Mediterranean, and North Europe
14:37 Major milestone met on Moray East Offshore Windfarm project
13:04 Odfjell SE sells its ownership share of terminal in Jiangyin, China
12:32 Quark Expeditions debuts new livery and interior design for Ultramarine
11:02 NYK selected for FTSE4Good Index for 17th straight year and FTSE Blossom Japan Index for 3rd consecutive year

2019 July 20

15:47 FortisBC secures first export contract for Tilbury LNG facility
13:42 AIDA Cruises plans practical trial of fuel cells abord one of its ships as early as 2021
12:51 Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles host Clean Truck Program Rate Workshop
11:37 USCG responds to oil slick near Port Aransas, Texas
10:56 Wallem introduces cloud-based software for simpler workflows

2019 July 19

18:10 NYK holds fleet safety promotion conferences for shipowners and ship-management companies
18:04 Incat Tasmania exports new 111 metre ferry to Spain
17:49 World's largest air-cushioned landing craft takes part in Navy Day parade rehearsal in Baltiysk
17:25 Caspian Flotilla ship crews prepare for Naval Parade
17:03 FortisBC secures first export contract for Tilbury LNG facility
16:22 Project documentation for construction of Nizhny Novgorod hydroengineering facility completed - Victor Vovk
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa
15:50 East Mining Company to invest RUB 11.5 billion in development of its coal project in Sakhalin
15:33 Moby names Damen ASD Tug 2813 Vincenzino O. in Cagliari
15:12 Cargotec posts financial report for January–June 2019
14:47 Blagoveshchensk shipyard completed state trials of hydrographic survey vessel of Project 19910
14:33 NYK recognized for implementation of advanced navigation support tool
14:12 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreement
13:51 150 graduates of Moscow State Water Transport Academy awarded with diplomas
13:30 RF Government includes NOVATEK’s LNG terminal project into area planning scheme
13:12 Port of Long Beach releases draft Master Plan update
13:07 Epic Gas Ltd. completes acquisition of two vessels of four LPG carriers
12:24 USCG finds federal fisheries violations aboard 5 recreational fishing vessels
12:11 IMO Council condemns tanker attacks in Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman
11:31 Naval Group reports order intake growth in H1 to 3.9bn euro
11:14 Ice-breaking LNG carrier for Yamal LNG Project named NIKOLAY URVANTSEV
10:58 Minister of Transport of Malaysia visits World Maritime University
10:26 Saudi Arabia accedes to two important IMO treaties
09:55 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:50 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 19
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.91% to $63.11, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.48% to $56.12
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,130 points

2019 July 18

18:05 Future expectations for MPS Terminal 3 in the port in Tema outlined with Government delegation
17:24 PGNiG acquires interest in another gas field in the North Sea
17:18 DNV GL supports 2020 sulphur compliance with online Ship Implementation Plan
17:05 OOCL announces new Middle East / Indian Subcontinent – North Europe Service
16:35 Consortium including DEME and Jan De Nul explores pioneering high-wave offshore solar technology
16:07 Large maritime market players join hands to create high-wave offshore solar panels
15:52 State Duma makes it easier for foreign tourists to visit Russia’s Arctic
15:35 Incat Tasmania delivers new 111-metre ferry to Spain operator Naviera Armas
15:18 Hapag-Lloyd launches South-East India – Europe Express Service // IEX to start operations in October 2019
15:01 Operation ATALANTA welcomes ESPS CANARIAS
14:26 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:00 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Selina with Ausca
13:44 PortNews Media Group's anniversary celebration photo release
13:22 Aleksey Khaidukov as President of Novoship
13:00 Global Ports Holding invites proposals for Duty Free and Travel Retail operations at Malaga, Zadar, Cagliari and Catania cruise ports
12:47 East Mining Company eyes arranging offshore transshipment of coal in Kamchatka under Tata project
12:09 Wärtsilä posts financial results for January-June 2019
11:53 Construction of LNG-powered icebreakers to be financed by NOVATEK – Vyacheslav Ruksha
11:31 RF Deputy PM Maksim Akimov set a task to begin dredging in the Gulf of Ob not later than on 1 August 2019
11:09 Port of Muuga strengthened with new ferry connection to Finland
10:48 Primorsky MRC terminal to offer fully closed transshipment of loose cargo