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NxtPort now also navigates international waters

NxtPort now also navigates international waters

NxtPort is making a major step in its growth and is expanding internationally.

Around a thousand international users are now using the Belgian data platform. Because of the re-use of logistical data on NxtPort's open platform, users experience increased efficiency in their supply chains and can focus more on their core business activities. The launch of digital communities in the port and industry by NxtPort, has convinced key international clients of value creation through digital cooperation.

NxtPort is an open data platform in which local application developers can develop their logistic solutions. NxtPort also provides access to logistics applications and APIs for specific communities within the connected ports. An API (Application Programming Interface) is a toolset that programmers can use to create new software for the platform. By sharing data transparently and setting up open global communities, international supply chains can be significantly optimized.

The internationalization of NxtPort is supported by Vopak Ventures through the creation of a joint venture. Geert De Wilde and Mark Noordhoek Hegt will together lead NxtPort International. The operational management of NxtPort is now under the temporary supervision of Pascale Pasmans, in anticipation of the new CEO. The phased roll-out of CPU as of January will be guaranteed.

Geert De Wilde, NxtPort International: "The partnership with Vopak Ventures offers NxtPort an unprecedented opportunity to expand its activities in different locations. In doing so, we are actively contributing to the digital interconnection of maritime clusters across the whole world in a spirit of openness and cooperation".

Leo Brand, CIO Vopak: "As the world market leader in tank storage, we see it as our role to bring positive developments in supply chains and in the ports. In doing so, we look beyond the boundaries of our own company, our customers and our industry. This applies to issues ranging from safety to digitization. We are convinced that that digitization is a critical success factor for the ports of the future. We also know that its digital platforms can only be truly successful if they are independent in their role. This means the platforms shoud be open to all logistical players, including those who are each other's competitor.''


Profile NxtPort BV

Nxtport, founded in 2016, is active in the Port of Antwerp ( Its mission is to bring transparency to the supply chain through a neutral data-sharing platform.

Profile Vopak Ventures

Vopak Venture is part of Royal Vopak, the world's leading independent tank storage company ( Vopak Ventures identifies investment opportunities in start-ups and scale-ups in emerging technologies and value chains with a focus on sustainability and digitization. (vopak ventures)


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About Port of Antwerp

As Europe's second-largest port, the Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 231 million tonnes of international maritime freight, and is home to Europe's largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value.  

True to its mission 'a home port vital for a sustainable future’, Antwerp Port Authority aims to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market, allowing the port to continue playing its role as a leading world port. The emphasis in this respect is on cooperation, adaptability, a strong focus on innovation and digitisation, and on sustainable added value, as well as on responsibility towards society. 

Antwerp Port Authority is a limited liability company of public law, with the City of Antwerp as sole shareholder. It employs over 1.600 people. Port alderman Annick De Ridder is chairman of the Board of Directors and Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management.  

The telephone number +32 492 15 41 39 is only for press inquiries. For other questions you can mail to

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