Innovative companies thanks to the PortXL programme

Thanks to the annual PortXL innovation programme the city of Rotterdam has signed a cooperation partnership with two young companies. The Dutch scale-up Richtlijn Geodesie has developed a product that makes it possible to use a sensor to monitor assets such as quay walls for any deformities and (natural) movements extremely accurately using a special sensor.  The Indian scale-up Planys Tech is going to use the underwater drone they have developed to conduct a pilot to measure the thicknesses of the steel of the quay walls and a pilot for inspecting divers. The company has now opened a branch in Rotterdam.

In association with 14 other start-ups and scale-ups these two businesses will participate in the Port XL innovation programme, in which innovative ideas and products related to the port, maritime, offshore and energy are brought to Rotterdam from all over the world, to continue to develop their initiative. The companies will present their results today during a shakedown in the former submarine wharf at the RDM site. Barbara Kathmann (vice major): "In the PortXL programme young innovative companies get the opportunity to show what they have to offer. It's pleasing to see the programme is producing some more great partnerships. It allows us to place Rotterdam on the map as an innovation city and as the Maritime Capital of Europe!"

PortXL was founded in 2015 by the Port of Rotterdam Authority along with Van Oord, Vopak, Boskalis, EY, Rabobank and InnovationQuarter, among others. The municipality has been a partner since 2017. In addition to stimulating economic development, it also offers the municipality the chance to scout for technological innovations for the city and the port based on municipal challenges. Following the 'Selection Days' held in February, the sixteen start-ups and scale-ups selected have worked hard during the past three months to elevate their innovations to the next level. They receive intensive coaching in this process from mentors, partners and experts from the PortXL network. The start-ups presented their progress during the shakedown. This concluding event was attended by a total of fifty or so international start-ups/scale-ups to present themselves and to network. For more information visit: