First container shipped from Korea to Rotterdam on blockchain-based platform DELIVER

The Port of Rotterdam has announced that the first paperless and door-to-door tracked container has arrived at the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg on blockchain-based platform DELIVER. Jointly developed by Samsung SDS, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and ABN AMRO Bank, DELIVER connects different types of blockchain platforms and supports functions such as document notarisation, double payment prevention and asset transfer amongst others.

The delivery was part of a demonstration conducted by ABN AMRO, Port of Rotterdam and Samsung SDS to demonstrate that integrated container tracking and tracing, the processing of documentation, and financial transactions can be completed in a secure and paperless way, enabled by blockchain technology.

Barge Terminal Tilburg organised and executed the haulage of the sea container from the Port of Rotterdam to the warehouse in Tilburg. Terminal Manager Iwan Maessen stated: “The platform enables our company to use a uniform communications strategy to receive and share accurate information among supply chain members and thus to make better decisions on the most appropriate delivery method and on forecast demand.”

Robert van der Waal, Deputy President of Samsung SDS EU/CIS, DELIVER, said: “As cargo recipient, we benefitted from real-time information and advance availability of digitised cargo documentation and we can now re-design our processes more efficiently.”

ABN AMRO, Port of Rotterdam and Samsung SDS have signed an extended collaboration agreement for the next phase of the DELIVER project to conduct projects with multiple shippers from various industries. The hope is to reach a cargo shipping platform that will enhance supply chain transparency and efficiency and achieve savings.

With a turnover of about €710m, the Port of Rotterdam Authority employs around 1,200 people. The port itself is over 40 km long and it features 12,500 hectares of port area (land and water, with around 6,000 hectares of business sites). It has a yearly throughput of around 470m tonnes of freight, and about 30,000 sea-going vessels and 120,000 inland vessels per year. The Port of Rotterdam Authority aims to enhance its competitive position as a logistics hub and industrial complex.

Source: Port of Rotterdam