Do you know whether your port area is operating efficiently today? And do you know whether performance is improving or deteriorating since last month?
Innovation is the key factor for ports to develop competitive advantage. The Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port with a high number of inland barges visiting the port each year. Riverguide started as an initiative from the Port of Rotterdam to provide the inland skippers with more information to have a safe and smooth journey to, and through the port.
The Moerdijk area is characterized as a risky and complicate crossing of waterways. Inland barges, sea-going vessels and recreational skippers all interact in this area. ‘Rijkswaterstaat’, ‘Varen Doe Je Samen’ and local authorities want to reduce the risks in this area. One of the solutions is an app that provides recreational skippers with insight in the traffic and circumstances in the Moerdijk area. Teqplay was asked to develop in collaboration with the community a solution. In a nutshell we will ‘guide’ you through innovative journey of the Koerswijzer project.
Last weekend we went to the Logistics of the future Antwerp (LOTFA) Hackathon. Team Teqplay, a mixed team of 9 people with front-end, back-end, design and business skills. The kick-off was on Friday where the challenges were presented to the audience. We chose to h#ck the challenge about Berth Management in de port of Antwerp. In short, barges moor everywhere, anytime. This causes problems when a sea-vessel arrives and the barge is moored on the spot of this sea-vessel. After a first brainstorm we soon came to the conclusion that the problem occurs because the inland skipper simply does not have the information and is not informed about the arriving sea-going vessels.
During the innovation fair ‘Water Ontmoet Water’ Teqplay was invited in Fort 1881 in Hoek van Holland. At this conference several successful innovative initiatives in the context of managing waterways in the Netherlands were presented. We were honoured to present Koerswijzer and Riverguide. In this blogpost we share our approach on how we co-create successful solutions.