Port of the future

The port of Antwerp has always been a testing ground and a place of modernisation. What steps are we taking, along with the port community, to prepare the port for the future in terms of sustainability, digitalisation and mobility?

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Sustainable port

To become climate neutral by 2050, Port of Antwerp is pushing back the boundaries with innovations that will make the port greener. For example, Port of Antwerp has introduced sustainably produced methanol and hydrogen as alternative fuels for its own fleet. Along with other companies, we are taking measures to reduce pollution in the air, water and soil. We are also looking for solutions to contribute to the energy transition with, among others, Antwerp@C and NextGen District.

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Smart port

Smart technologies are proving their worth at the port.


A ‘digital twin’ of the port, a high-performance 5G network, autonomous drones or smart cameras for inspection or oil spill detection – Port of Antwerp is testing them all.


With the help of these innovations, Port of Antwerp is aiming to fully control and manage the port remotely.

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Mobile port

Port of Antwerp is looking for ways to transport more goods in a sustainable way. To achieve this modal shift, we are working on solutions such as autonomous inland navigation craft.


Digital applications, such as smart asphalt and an inland navigation application, are intended to monitor and improve the traffic situation in and around the port.


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The port is an open platform for research and development. By bringing people and ideas together, Port of Antwerp is shaping the port of the future.


Along with startups, scale-ups, accelerators, investment funds, government and knowledge institutions, Port of Antwerp is creating a strong ecosystem that supports and accelerates innovation.

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As a leading world port, Antwerp wants to set the tone as a ‘port of the future’. We use innovation as a lever to turn today's major challenges, such as the energy transition, digitalisation and mobility, into solutions.


By working together and investing in technologies such as big data, Internet of Things, smart shipping and innovative logistics, we are making our port smarter and more efficient." Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp


In the spotlights



Smart bollards

Port of Antwerp and technology company Zensor are joining forces to increase safety at the quay walls. To do so, Zensor developed the Bollard Monitor, a digital sensor that measures the tension on bollards.

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Autonomous drones

To maintain safety in the complex port environment, Port of Antwerp is deploying an autonomous drone for the first time. In the near future, a network of autonomous drones will support the port authority's core tasks.Read more




Unmanned inland navigation

Automated shipping is deemed the future of inland navigation. It may still sound futuristic today, but research by the University of Antwerp and Port of Antwerp is bringing the dream closer. 3D sonar sensors, inspired by bats, are the starting point for this technological innovation.

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Quick links

The Beacon

The Beacon is the result of a collaboration agreement Capital of Things between the City and University of Antwerp, IMEC and Agoria. Some of the Port of Antwerp staff will have a permanent pitch at The Beacon so that strong products and brands can be developed for industry, logistics and smart cities.


All of the parties in the logistics chain have information that they can exchange with each other. Yet the way that data is shared can be better, more transparent and easier. That’s what NxtPort is all about: making the exchange of data between the various players in the port faster, clearer and more efficient.

Plug & Play Maritime

Plug & Play Maritime puts international startups in contact with the city of Antwerp, CMB, DXC Technology, Euronav and Port of Antwerp. The aim? To test new technologies and drive the future of the maritime sector through world-class development and innovation.