press release

Port+ Digital and Royal Dirkzwager join forces

Ιmage: Royal Dirkzwager. Chris Pagan

Netherlands-based Royal Dirkzwager from Maassluis (the 24/7 service provider of ship reporting and nautical data within the Dutch ports) has taken over the software branch of Port+ in Antwerp. This has created the market leader in the field of port call optimisation data in the Antwerp Bruges – Rotterdam – Amsterdam (ARA) region.

Port+ is part of the Antwerp Havenkoepel. In recent years, Port+ has developed several applications to optimise port calls, such as Qronoport and Portcall Mobile. For these services, it has access to detailed datasets on ship movements and ship planning in the Belgian ports.

Royal Dirkzwager offers the same services for the Dutch ports with its SaaS application Ship2Report. Combined, Dirkzwager and Port+ have access to one of the most extensive and accurate datasets for port calls and ETAs.

“Scaling up is needed to finance the required investments in further development of the platforms. This collaboration has created the synergy to do just that, and the market will soon be able to monitor port calls even better with our Portcall Optimization Software,’ says Joan Blaas, CEO of Royal Dirkzwager.

“Initially, little will change for the customers of both companies. In due time, however, the digital products will be merged, which will harmonise the services for active parties in the ARA region,’ says Blaas.

In addition to the acquisition of the software branch of Port+, an operational collaboration agreement has been signed regarding the reporting services of Dirkzwager and Port+.

Bernard Moyson, Havenkoepel Antwerpen (shareholder Port+): ‘We have made arrangements for mutual support in the event of incidents. This will allow Port+ to make maximum use of Dirkzwager’s 24/7 operations and digital systems – and vice-versa – to offer even more reliable services to the Belgian ports. Developing new tools leads to more efficient collaboration in the port.”

“Port+ remains the independent service provider for the Antwerp port community. With our expertise, we help customers with their dangerous goods declaration and goods accounting and we inform all stakeholders about the arrival or departure of seagoing vessels in the Belgian port,” adds Benoit Lebrun, director of Port+.

Financial details have not been disclosed. Employees who were involved in digital products within Port+ have transferred to Royal Dirkzwager.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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