The port of Zeebrugge in Belgium has joined the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) as it looks to share expertise gained from its Smart Port, Green Port and Safety Port projects.

“We want to keep up to date on developments in other ports and offer the expertise of Zeebrugge to work on an international system that can benefit all port users,” said Peter Merlevede, information and communications technology (ICT) manager at the port of Zeebrugge.

“We believe in digitalisation and standardisation and want to be an active member of IPCSA participating in these developments in a community that is broader than Zeebrugge port alone. We know that exchanging ideas and discussing experiences is always valuable for all parties involved.”

The port has already implemented several digitalisation initiatives and believes that these steps are vital in retaining the port’s competitiveness. For example, the port developed the RX/Seaport data-sharing platform and invested in a private 5G network for the port area.