This is how the procedure works for you as a terminal operator or depot operator
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Every inland shipping call optimally planned

Together, we make container inland shipping an even more attractive modality for sustainable, reliable hinterland transport. Planning the calls of inland vessels to your terminal or depot works as follows:

You receive all container information via Portbase

Via the new Portbase service Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge, barge operators will provide you with full information about the containers scheduled to be unloaded and loaded for each specific vessel. Prior to this, a barge operator can also first submit a status request for his containers. In both cases, you use HCN Barge to send back the container status to both the barge operator and Nextlogic.

You inform Nextlogic of your available capacity

You directly inform Nextlogic of the available capacity for handling inland barges at your terminal or depot. You also state the existing agreements for fixed windows that you have with barge operators.

The integrated planning ensures optimum capacity utilisation

Nextlogic uses HCN Barge to send you the integrated planning for all the container barges that want to call at your terminal or depot. This is the order in which you next handle the ships. In this way, your available capacity is optimally utilised. Nextlogic continuously optimises the planning. For optimal insight, Nextlogic offers you the quay planning overview screen.

Ready as a terminal operator or depot operator in 3 steps

Step 1. Register for the service HCN Barge

If you are not yet a customer of HCN Barge, then first register with Portbase as a new participant. As a terminal or depot, you pay a monthly amount of € 23.46 and a contribution of € 0.30 per full container. Empty containers are free of charge.

Are you already participant in Barge Planning?
Then you will be automatically migrated to HCN Barge. You can start using the service with an EDI link-up. If desired, you can also use an API link-up. Portbase will support you in this process where necessary.

Step 2. Start the preparations together with your software supplier or IT department

As a new participant, you next prepare your connection together with your IT department or software supplier. For terminals and depots, HCN Barge works via EDI or APIs, the new standard in IT for data exchange. Where necessary, Portbase will assist you in realising the connection.

Were you previously a participant in Barge Planning?
Then Portbase has already automatically migrated you to HCN Barge. You can start using the service with an EDI link-up. If desired, you can also use an API link-up. Portbase will assist you in this transition where necessary.

Step 3. Register as a participant with Nextlogic

To use the integrated planning, you must separately register as a participant with Nextlogic. Via HCN Barge, Portbase will next automatically share the container statuses you specify with Nextlogic. Via HCN Barge, you will also always receive the integrated planning for all the inland vessels that want to call at your terminal or depot.

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

  • A fixed monthly contribution of € 280.00 for both terminals and depot operators
  • A fee of € 0.45 per planned container for terminal operators and € 0.30 for depot operators. After the free test phase and the trial period, these fees are subject to a 50-percent discount for the first three regular months.