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The NxtPort Breakbulk Community Project

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On December 18th, 6 months after the official release, NxtPort & Port+ invited the Breakbulk community for an update of the first half year of the project. Over 30 companies were represented, all sharing an enthusiasm and drive to innovate in the Breakbulk sector. 

On the agenda: 

  • A short project recap
  • What was done the past 6 months
  • What is planned for the coming 6 months
  • Live demonstration of the data-hub by NxtPort and the User interface by Port+
  • Discussion about the business model and willingness to cooperate during POC

The full presentation can be downloaded on this page, including some screenshots from the User Interface. Headlights about the discussion topics: 

  • A big willingness to join the Proof of Concept phase, starting on January 15th. Companies that want to join the POC, can register here.
  • The original business model of €0,10 per ton (for the export processes), equally divided between terminal, shipping agent and forwarder is maintained. In an open discussion all attending parties agreed that this would be the easiest way to start the project. This business model, required to cover the initial investment & running cost by NxtPort & Port+, will be maintained for a period of at least 2 years, starting January 2019.

Download the presentation

See what was presented during the C-Level update of 18/12/18



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Upcoming events

Community invitation - Bulkchain intro

Visitor center Ghent, Rigakaai 1, 9000 Ghent
 Feb 28th, 2018 - 13:00 - 16:00

Introduction of NxtPort & Bulkchain to the NorthSea port Breakbulk community

Contact us to register


By the community, for the community


NxtPort and Port+, invited the Breakbulk community for two co-envisions in June 2018. During these sessions the [renewal of the] commitment to support the Bulkchain project has been given by +30 companies and Customs.

By following the Agile project approach, a core team existing of NxtPort and members from these companies will start with the functional analysis of the application`



Agile development

Bulkchain will follow an "agile project approach". This means that instead of hiding behind computer screens for 2 years and develop what we think would fit the needs, we actively build-up the application with the community.

With monthly "sprints" and feedback loops, we strive to bring small parts of the solution bit by bit, focussing on added value for active stakeholders, stable (yet quick) deliverables and proactive (re)design.

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NxtPort golden principles by design

Bulkchain will be fully supported by the NxtPort platform. This means:

  • By the community, for the community
  • Data providers remain owner of their data and share them only with companies they trust
  • Data is stored, handled and accessed 100% secured & compliant with all security & privacy standards




NxtPort engineers the data hub to enable datasharing amongst the stakeholders. Port+, our co-creation partner, is developing a low-entry application, allowing a quick go-to-market. Do you want to join them and develop your application on top of our data layer? Let us know!




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Past events


[NxtPort Co-Work] Export - VLO

 Jan 28th, 2018 - 13:00 - 16:00
Co-work session for the export process, focussing on the Vessel Loading Order, e-permis.


[NxtPort Co-Work] Import - VDO

 Feb 12th, 2018 - 13:00 - 16:00
Co-work session for the import process, focussing on the Vessel Discharge Order, second session.


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