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Europe’s Largest Shipping Port Launches a Blockchain Field Lab

27th September 2017

The Port of Rotterdam Authority in Netherlands has launched a field lab to explore blockchain technology.

The operator of Europe’s largest and busiest shipping port has launched a field lab to explore and develop “concrete applications and solutions” based on blockchain technology. The research lab, titled ‘BlockLab’ is a project jointly-launched with the Municipality of Rotterdam, who will also fill the role as a financier.

A decentralized operation powered with blockchain technology has already proved that multiple parties in the shipping industry – the supplier, shipper, port operators and customs, as well as terminal authorities – are able to access real-time shipping data over an interoperable blockchain.

Launching with a core team of five, the BlockLab will also see participation from the Cambridge Innovation Center, an incubator and innovation hub in Rotterdam.


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