01 July 2016
During the first edition of the world port accelerator PortXL 2016 in the Rotterdam harbour, Stig∆ mentored StaffaIPI, one of the 12 startups that were chosen to present their pitch during its Shakedown event.
Stig founder Arènso Bakker mentored the American based company, who succesfully pitched their Universal Container Locking System (UCLS) in Rotterdam. Their idea: Most containers use twistlocks to keep them on board of ships. However, handling twistlocks has to be done manually and can be very dangerous for workers. It’s also very inefficient, argues StaffaIPI.
Their UCLS is an ‘automated, fully integrated twistlock system’ for shipping containers. The new automated system will ‘improve safety, environmental sustainability and productivity’, whilst also saving money and reducing time. Bakker: “It’s been a very inspiring and fun experience to be a mentor at PortXL.”
Have a look at the UCLS animation:
Deals signed at PortXL
The Shakedown was very successful. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam praised PortXL and confirmed a new edition, which will take place in 2017. During the shakedown, two deals were signed between two of the participating startups and some mentors of the program.
PortCall, an operations management platform for ships and ports, signed a deal with tank storage company Vopak. Startup contestant Ranmarine, who pitched their ‘Wall-E of the sea’, a waste shark that cleans up harbours, signed a deal with the Port of Rotterdam itself.
PortXL is an initiative of both public and private partners to stimulate innovation in harbours. As Bakker puts it: “Collaboration and innovation are the basis of a successful harbour.” The Shakedown took place in the Maassilo, one of the harbours former industrial locations.
Have a look at a short clip from PortXL: