Namely, the contract with Tulyp Wind (Arkom) focuses on locating a proper site in the port for installing the firm’s compact wind turbines. The contract with ECOncrete will determine if their products can be used to stimulate biodiversity on and in quay walls in the port area.

The pilot project with CargoLedger will test if its system makes the handling and dispatch of cargo simpler. Finally, the agreement with WhaleWashing aims to decide if the Port of Rotterdam is suitable for the world’s first 'car wash' for vessels.

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Together with 10 other start-ups and scale-ups, these companies took part in this year’s PortXL innovation accelerator programme, which brings innovators from all over the world to Rotterdam to further develop their technologies. The participants showcased their results during a 'Shakedown' event in the former submarine wharf at RDM Rotterdam.

Port Authority CEO Allard Castelein stated:

A programme like PortXL is important because it offers global innovators all kinds of scope, opportunities and support, enabling them to continue working on the port of the future during their time in Rotterdam.