The port is a juncture where all 3 modes of transportation, sea, land and air may interact. Any inefficiencies in utilizing assets (containers, warehouse space, cranes, vessels etc.), coordination between various stakeholders (local and international) can bear huge costs. With this theme, we invite entrepreneurs and innovators to not only improve efficiencies in the current set-up, but also to re-imagine processes, connections, assets and create solutions that constructively disrupt infrastructure usage at the Port of Antwerp, saving time and costs.

Challenge 5 – Optimization of berth management

Berth management for both ocean and inland ships is a major challenge for the port. Unannounced domestic ships take place from ocean ships and there needs to be alternate location for tidal ships.

How can we create a berth management system that makes sure inland ships and ocean ships are adapted to each others schedule? And how do we make sure that ships with dangerous goods moor at the right quay? Could we let ships moor at a reserved spot for a temporary time so all the quays are used efficient?

Challenge 6 – Optimization of inspection

Due to the inefficient communication between Customs and FAVV (physical sampling and laboratory) there occurs a big loss of time when a container needs to be inspected.

How can we make sure that planning can be done more efficient so that the right staff and materials are at the right place? How can we make sure we do not lose any time with the selection of transhipment containers?

Challenge 7 – Efficient way to follow up free storage for import containers

After a container has been unloaded, the receiver of the goods has a certain amount of days time to pick up the container.

Once this date is passed, the shipping agent will charge the receiver a fee per day per container. The amount of “free days” and the rate (per diem) is a commercial negotiation between receiver and shipping agent.

How can we make sure that the receiver doesn’t get an unpleasant surprise when receiving the bill? Is it possible to make a universal application which can track the agreed term and warn a receiver when that term is almost over? Could we link this system to a planner so the receiver can automatically plan its pick-ups?