Bulkchain is a collaborative platform built on NxtPort technology, dedicated to build the Breakbulk port of the Future. Originally founded in the heart of the Antwerp Breakbulk community, the platform allows participants to work together on the administrative processes to ship breakbulk cargo. By sharing data on shipments early in the supply chain, efficiency of the entire process increases, reducing time spent and administration efforts. In the end, all parties involved benefit from working together through the NxtPort platform.
By following the Agile project approach, a core team existing of NxtPort and members from the community work on the functional analysis of the different modules. This method of working together allows an active build-up of the application with the specific needs of the community. Once a new module is ready, user feedback helps to improve the solution with every new release.
With bi-weekly "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.
The following modules were identified when the project initiated:
The following list of companies represents the collaboration of the community during the several co-envisions that were organised to build the foundation of the Bulkchain use case.
One central API gives access to all connected participants
Reduce time spent and administration for repetitive tasks
Avoid human errors and increase the quality of your data
The current version of the Breakbulk Export API includes the "Terminal Deliver Order (TDO)" step of the project.
As of May 2019, the official release of the Bulkchain export module will include the "Terminal Delivery Confirmation (TDC)" step, allowing terminals to inform stakeholders upon arrival of the planned shipments.
The Bulkchain project is currently in beta-phase/sandbox. It is therefore not yet possible to subscribe with your entity directly from the market place. We have several test companies configured in different roles, allowing you to setup a test environment with your customers and suppliers.
Companies that want to join need to follow the following steps:
The current version of the Bulkchain Export API allows Forwarders/shippers, Terminals and Shipping agents to collaborate. Other participant roles will be added in the future. However, be sure to join our community events in order to shape how the future will look like.
The following applies to all entities that collaborate on the Bulkchain platform during the PoC phase
* in the future, more pricing plans will allow other participants to join the hub
The Bulkchain API is created from an API-first perspective.
This API is an access-controlled API. This means that your application needs to accommodate an OAuth2 authentication flow between the application user and the NxtPort platform.
The application user logs in to the NxtPort identity component, and your application requests access to the API on behalf of the application user. The NxtPort platform then returns an access token to your application, which can be used to call the API.
To be able to request an access token, your application needs to be registered in the NxtPort platform. Registering an application is currently a manual process, so please contact NxtPort for this. Go to our support desk where you will find all required information on how to get started.
NxtPort supports and encourages software developers to build additional features and software around its API's. Should you be interested in finding out what is possible and discuss how the technology could be incorporated into your solutions, please contact us through the support desk.
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