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Smart Shipping.

The future of maritime.

The shipping industry never stands still; it is constantly moving forward to accomplish more efficient, more sustainable, and safer operations.

Numerous smart shipping technologies are accelerating this progress. The driving forces are rapid advances in sensor technology and (remote) connectivity. This is supported by major developments in data capture and analysis in addition to AI.

Find out more about Autonomous Shipping here.

Rotterdam: a smart shipping hub

The path to smart shipping is an ongoing process. Governments, knowledge institutes and businesses work together on different fields to provide a nurturing environment for smart shipping. And to develop promising initiatives into large scale applications.

Rotterdam based scale-ups like Captain AI and Techbinder develop solutions to make smart shipping a reality. Techbinder, an alumni of the PortXL innovation accelerator programme, helps its customers to get the most out of digital technology by improving Human-Machine-Interaction. Also, Captain AI is developing the world’s first safe and fully autonomous shipping solution using high-fidelity simulation, cutting-edge sensors and state-of-the-art deep learning techniques.


Learn more about what Rotterdam has to offer to start-ups and scale-ups.

Enabling research collaboration

We stimulate with research, for example at the Research lab Autonomous Shipping at TU Delft and we facilitate collaboration in the sector to further develop the technology and help companies grow their business. SMASH!, the Netherlands Forum for Smart Shipping, supports cooperation between the established parties and innovative start-ups and scale-ups and designed a detailed roadmap to roll out smart shipping in the Netherlands.

Because of our proven track record in maritime technology and innovation, we believe that Rotterdam is the place where smart shipping is to be designed and realised.



Jorn Douwstra

Jorn Douwstra

Manager International Trade & Investment
Rotterdam Partners

+31 (0)10 790 01 40