CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero GIUGNO 2020
ANTWERP UNVEILS MAJOR SUPPLY CHAIN COLLABORATION PROJECT
In a statement, the port said it will join with 36 partners to
look for ways to "enable seamless transport of goods" and
will focus particularly on the operational opportunities offered by
Industry 4.0, hyperloop and autonomous vehicles.
"The Port of Antwerp has launched the ePICenter, a
project meant to research and develop solutions to global supply
The project is funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme and
has a timeframe of 42 months. It will see technology innovators and
environmental experts to collaborate on increasing efficiency and
Port of Antwerp, as a coordinator of the ePIcenter, will host
one of the large scale demonstrations. The 'Link of the Future'
demonstration will focus on implementing the various ePIcenter
innovations in one of Europe's largest multimodal transport hubs, as
well as realising the first transcontinental cyber secure trade
Furthermore, Port of Antwerp says its international network will
create possibilities for valuable worldwide knowledge sharing and
further improvement of the tools developed in the project.
Erwin Verstraelen, Chief digital and innovation officer, Port of
Antwerp had this to say: "We are very enthusiastic about
kicking off the ePIcenter project, which will allow us to create a
trans-continental, integrated and transparant freight corridor by
leveraging existing and promising technologies, frameworks and data
"Port of Antwerp and Port of Montreal, both important nodes
in the global supply chain, will act as catalyst for symbiosis
amongst the different stakeholders."
Annick De Ridder, vice mayor of the Port of Antwerp also
commented: "The future of our port and its prosperity goes hand
in hand with the power of innovation.
"We are proud to play a pioneering role and to serve as a
laboratory for innovation. Today more than ever it is important to
make our global supply chain more resilient to an evolving and
volatile world with a variety of challenges."
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