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NxtPort: unlocking the data potential of the Port of Antwerp

On Thursday, January 26th, the Port Community of Antwerp and Alfaport – Voka launched a new and unique data platform. Based on Nallian's Data Sharing Platform, NxtPort will allow for better data sharing between the different Port players, more transparence, intelligence based on the combination of data, better interoperability of all the existing platforms as well as the development of new applications further up or down the supply chain.

Speeches by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo, CEO Proximus Dominique Leroy, CEO Microsoft Belux Michael Beal and long-time Nallian-fan Peter Hinssen set the stage for NxtPort's new chairman, Karel Plasman. EU Commissioner of Transport Violeta Bulc also expressed her support for the initiative.

NxtPort brings together all key players of the Port of Antwerp's logistic scene -- an achievement in itself -- and developed an innovative vision for the next decades, where collaboration across company boundaries is no longer the exception, but the standard. The potential benefits are clear: synchronising the flow of goods through the Port and aligning logistics processes across all all parties is certain to reduce cost and delays and increase throughput and efficiency.

Sound too vague for you? Imagine the ability to plan the unloading of a vessel more accurately, or being able to optimise the placement of containers on a terminal based on the knowledge of how it will be transported off the Port area. Imagine not having to submit documents multiple times in multiple formats to different participants in the supply chain, but instead, having a single contact point with the NxtPort platform and having the information readily available to all parties who need it to optimise planning and execution.

Joint teams from Nallian, Microsoft and Proximus EnCo are getting ready to deliver on that vision. Together, we hope to bring you more good news about NxtPort soon!

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