International trade is a corner stone of our global economic system. Being a major import and export port of Europe, millions of Euros worth of goods pass through the Port of Antwerp on a weekly basis. With rapid changes and fragilities across industries, optimizing goods flow and supply chain optimization is becoming a key competitive advantage. There is a lot of activity data already available from the port and it lends itself so big data analytics is a major source to capitalize on this opportunity. Technology will also transform how goods are stored, handled and delivered.

Challenge 8 – Track and trace of hazardous goods

History in the Chinese harbor city Tianjin showed that it is very important that we know exactly which container contains which type of goods. Containers come and go in the port of Antwerp so we have all kind of goods.

How can we make sure that the client made the correct statement of the goods in the container? Can we use smart technology (drones, sensors, scanners, …) to find hazardous goods easier and quicker? How can we use technology to make the port safer?

Challenge 9 – On land and at sea – transportation insights (trucks, railway, …)

Goods in the harbor of Antwerp are transported via various different ways. Via road, railway and sea. How can we develop a system so we can get a clearer overview of the location, destination and goods on land (trucks and railway) and at sea (ocean vessels)?

How can we use this data to make the transportation more efficient in means of container usage, duration of transport, …? How can we use these insights to lower the cost of transportation and lower the emission? Can we develop a system that can detect the most efficient transportation means and routes based on its end destination?