This is how the procedure works for you as a barge operator
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Every barge call optimally planned

Soon, planning the calls of your container barges to the port of Rotterdam will work as follows:

One single gateway for the daily operations

As a barge operator, you pre-notify both the cargo information and the call and rotation data of your container barges via Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge. You were connected to this new service by Portbase in early February. However, it is important that you create an API connection in your in-house system as soon as possible. Only then will HCN Barge function optimally.

For participants in HCN Barge who are not yet ready for APIs, Portbase provides a temporary solution via an EDI converter.

Integrated planning through smart reuse of data

Nextlogic automatically receives the information necessary to provide each calling inland vessel with the integrated planning from HCN Barge. Nextlogic receives input on the available capacity from the container terminals and empty depots. Next, an optimised call sequence is created for all the terminals and depots to be visited in Rotterdam. Nextlogic continuously improves and updates this planning.

Only entering static information in Nextlogic

To be able to make use of the integrated planning as a barge operator, you only need to directly enter certain specific settings (such as Sunday rest, etc.) to Nextlogic via the internet.

Current sailing plan for barge captains in Nextlogic

Barge captains can view the current sailing plan in Nextlogic 24/7 via separate barge captain screens.

Ready in 2 steps as a barge operator

Step 1: Ensure that you are able to make optimum use of Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge

Contact your software supplier
The new service HCN Barge requires a switch from EDI to API, the new standard in IT for data exchange. If you have not yet made this switch, then please immediately contact your software supplier. The sooner you switch to APIs, the sooner you will be able to reap the full benefits of HCN Barge. Until that time, you can make use of a temporary solution via an EDI converter.

Are you not yet using Portbase? Request the service HCN Barge

Newly participating barge operators pay a one-off connection fee of € 249.50 (excl. VAT). Due to the strategic importance of proper advance information for the functioning of the port, barge operators pay no additional costs for the use of HCN Barge. These costs are borne by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Port of Amsterdam. An individual contribution is applicable to all other parties. Portbase does not have a profit motive.

Step 2: Register with Nextlogic for the integrated planning

Easy access to the integrated planning of Nextlogic via HCN Barge

In order to benefit from the integrated planning, you need to separately register as a participant with Nextlogic. By registering with Nextlogic, you grant Portbase permission to share the data related to cargo, call and rotation that you provide via HCN Barge with Nextlogic. Nextlogic uses this data to draw up the neutral, integrated planning for the port of Rotterdam.

Participation in integrated planning, free trial period

Participation in the integrated planning is free-of-charge for you as a barge operator during the test phase and a subsequent trial period of three months. After this, barge operators pay:

  • A fixed monthly contribution of € 280.00
  • A fee of € 0.45 per planned container. After the free test phase and the trial period, this fee is subject to a 50-percent discount for the first three regular months.