Planned to start in June, the proof of concept prototype will test the securitisation of the digital transport chain as a means of improving the fluidity, reliability and competitiveness of intermodal pre- and postforwarding on the hinterland axis.

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The blockchain solution will provide certified users direct access to protected documentation, enabling several parties to share data without the need for dedicated infrastructure.

The pilot project, designated by an inter-ministry MeRS development body, was initiated at a seminar hosted by the leading French port. The scheme has also received financial support from La Banque des Territoires - part of the public sector investment institution Caisse des Depots - and waterways authorities Voies Navigables de France and La Compagnie Nationale du Rhone.

Implementation of the pilot will be shared by three companies:

  • Marseille Gyptis International (MGI);
  • BuyCo;
  • KeeeX.

More expertise will be provided by consortium members including shippers, transport companies and intermodal operators.

The Marseille Fos port authority expects that the combination of logistics and technological expertise will lead to an innovative system that gives greater control and visibility throughout the supply chain. This system will also be able to be marketed and reproduced in ports around the world.