More additional features in HCN Barge as of 16 March

As of the 16th of March 2021, Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge will once again feature some additional functions. They constitute the next steps in the process toward the go-live of the integrated planning by Nextlogic.

Automatic cut-off unloading/loading lists for ECT
Following a number of improvements, HCN Barge will resume the automatic cut-off of unloading/loading lists for all barge calls to the ECT Delta and the ECT Euromax as of the 16th of March 2021. For both terminals, this cut-off is 8 hours before the scheduled arrival time of the barge. This applies to both full and empty containers. HCN Barge will only send ‘green’ pre-notifications to ECT at the cut-off moment, provided that a minimum call size is met as well.

Earlier submission of unloading/loading list
ECT encourages barge operators like yourself to submit an unloading/loading list as soon as its status is ‘green’. Specifically for calls to ECT, HCN Barge offers the button ‘Send load/discharge list’ for this. Not waiting until the automatic cut-off allows ECT to even better anticipate the barge call. You can make changes up to the cut-off moment. Newly added icons in HCN Barge offer you improved insight into the various statuses of the unloading/loading list and any pre-notifications that have not yet been submitted in that respect.

More information
In a comprehensive flyer, ECT provides more information about the rules for your barge calls as of the 16th of March 2021. This flyer also features the contact address of ECT for further questions.

Reporting Fixed Windows and Barge Transferium Maasvlakte in HCN Barge
Do you have agreements about Fixed Windows and/or the Barge Transferium Maasvlakte (BTM) with one or more terminals? As of the 16th of March, you select the corresponding code from a drop-down list in HCN Barge when pre-notifying your call. You can see how to do this here.

Portbase Support features more detailed information about the implementation of the automatic cut off of unloading/loading lists in HCN Barge, the use of Fixed Windows and other new functionalities.

Any questions? We will gladly tell you more. You can reach us via or +31 (0) 88 625 25 25.

Automatic cut-off unloading/loading list in HCN Barge now also for visits to ECT Delta and ECT Euromax

As of the 18th of November, the automatic cut-off for unloading/loading lists that was recently announced for Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge will also apply to your visits to the ECT Delta and ECT Euromax terminals. This allows ECT to properly anticipate the calls of inland vessels. Furthermore, the introduction of the cut-off constitutes the next step towards the coming-on-stream of the integrated planning by Nextlogic.

Automatic current status updates

In order to be able to always compile a correct, ‘green’ unloading/loading list in good time for your calls to ECT Delta and ECT Euromax, both terminals will from now on continuously show you the current status of your containers via HCN Barge. As a result, you always have insight into the acceptation of the pre-notifications and/or the availability of the containers.

Additional container information from ECT

ECT Delta and ECT Euromax will also provide additional container information fields, such as cargo opening/closing, commercial windows and data related to deepsea vessels. This information is easily surveyable via the HCN Barge API link-up and can also be consulted via the HCN Barge web screens.

Only ‘green’ containers on the unloading/loading list

The automatic cut-off for unloading/loading lists for ECT Delta and ECT Euromax in HCN Barge takes place eight hours before the scheduled arrival time of your inland vessel and applies to both full and empty containers. From that moment on, the status of the unloading/loading list is final. The list will only feature pre-notifications that have been approved, or ‘green’ containers; ‘red’ containers are not included. A further stipulation is that the ‘green’ unloading/loading list at the time of cut-off meets the minimum call size as set by ECT. If this is not the case, the unloading/loading list will remain in HCN Barge until the minimum call size has been reached.

HCN Barge also shows scheduled handling time

From the moment the cut-off is introduced, ECT will also show you the scheduled handling time of your ship at ECT Delta or ECT Euromax via HCN Barge. The already familiar yellow ETA/ETD fields are used for this. An update is always automatically dispatched should containers be replanned. To this end, the information in HCN Barge is regularly updated. ECT will continue to separately send you the e-mail notifications that you are accustomed to as well.

Reopen after cut-off anyway?

After the cut-off, it is no longer possible for containers to be added to or removed from an unloading/loading list. Only in exceptional situations will ECT reopen the unloading/loading list in HCN Barge at the request of the barge operator. After this, you will need to make the changes in your capacity as the barge operator and next close the unloading/loading list in HCN Barge again.

Next phase HCN Barge

In the near future, it will be possible for barge operators like yourself to use HCN Barge to already share an unloading/loading list with ECT ahead of the cut-off. This gives ECT more time to properly prepare the call. Unloading and loading can consequently be performed with an even greater degree of efficiency.

More information

Do you have any questions? Ron Martens of Portbase will gladly provide you with more information. You can reach him via or +31 (0) 6 – 512 677 64.

Portbaseflash – Automatic cut-off for unloading/loading list in HCN Barge now also for visits to APM MVII

From today 9 November, the automatic cut-off for loading/unloading lists for  Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge will also apply to your visits to the APM MVII terminal. APM MVII is able to prepare the visits of inland vessels in this way. The introduction of the automatic cut-off also constitutes the next step towards the go-live of the integrated planning by Nextlogic.

More information

Want to know how to use this new functionality within HCN Barge? Take a look at our previous news item about cut-off for loading/unloading list or view the updated Quick Start Guide, HCN Barge introduction video and frequently asked questions on the corresponding support page.

Newsitem Support page

Do you have any questions?

Ron Martens of Portbase is happy to tell you more. You can reach him via or +31 (0) 6 – 512 677 64.


Portbaseflash – HCN Barge expanded with cut-off for unloading/loading list

Each unloading/loading list submitted by a barge operator will soon receive an automatic cut-off moment in the service Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge. Following this, the status of this unloading/loading list is final and it is no longer possible to make any changes. Based on the containers that are correctly pre-notified (‘green’) at that time, the terminal is able to properly anticipate the call of the inland vessel. The introduction of the cut-off also constitutes the next step towards the go-live of the integrated planning by Nextlogic. By means of the final unloading/loading lists, they can further optimise these plannings.

The cut-off in HCN Barge will first be introduced as a pilot from the 3rd of November for all barge calls to RWG. The other deepsea terminals will follow. You will receive a separate notification should this result in any changes to their operational approach. Each terminal independently determines the cut-off moment that it wants to use in HCN Barge. These times may vary for loading empty, loading full, unloading empty and unloading full. For barges with a mixed cargo, the longest cut-off time serves as the determining factor in this respect.

Only ‘green’ containers on the unloading/loading list
After the cut-off in HCN Barge, ‘red’ containers are automatically removed (as usual). The result is a clean unloading/loading list with only ‘green’ containers. At this point, it is no longer possible to add or remove containers. However, the status of ‘green’ containers on a final unloading/loading list may still change to ‘red’, for example if a customs inspection is announced after a cargo cut-off.

Still reopen after cut-off?
If changes still need to be made to a final unloading/loading list for a barge operator, this can only be done by contacting the terminal directly. The terminal operator can then reopen the unloading/ loading list in HCN Barge. After this, the barge operator makes the changes and needs to close the unloading/loading list in HCN Barge.

Minimum call size
In HCN Barge, each terminal can specify a minimum call size per quay. If an unloading/loading list does not contain enough ‘green’ containers at the cut-off moment, it will remain open. HCN Barge continuously checks whether the minimum requirement is met. As soon as this is the case, the unloading/loading list is closed and passed on to the terminal operator.

More information
Do you have any questions? Ron Martens of Portbase is happy to tell you more. You can reach him via or +31 (0) 6 – 512 677 64. – First barge operators successfully go live with HCN Barge API

HTS Intermodaal and neska Container Line are the first barge operators to be connected via APIs to the Portbase service Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge by their software suppliers Modality and Yellowstar. Both barge operators now automatically and quickly submit their pre-notifications from their own systems. Modality / HTS Intermodaal and Yellowstar / neska Container Line share their experiences.

Modality and HTS Intermodaal

‘The main advantage of the API technology is speed’
“Generally speaking, we are highly satisfied with the use of APIs,” says Evert van Hoven, Managing Director of Modality. “We have already been applying them in the interfaces between different customers for years. The main advantage of the API technology is speed. One click of the mouse and the information is immediately available in the system on the other side. With EDI, there is quite a time lag.”

Intensive cooperation
Barge operator HTS is one of Modality’s customers that has already been working with APIs for a longer period of time. Their registration as a pilot customer for HCN Barge API was very welcome. “HTS Intermodaal was keen to cooperate,” says Van Hoven. “They are investing a lot of time, experience and energy into helping us and Portbase from their daily practice.” Within a few months, a stable HCN Barge API was thus realised for HTS Intermodaal. “When determining the API specifications, Portbase also requested input from us and from HTS Intermodaal. We went back and forth. In this way, the final API specifications were established.”

All advance information directly from the own system
As a first step, HTS Intermodaal is now fully submitting the pre-notifications for the large deepsea terminals in the port of Rotterdam via HCN Barge API. All information about ship and cargo is directly communicated from HTS Intermodaal’s own system to Portbase via APIs. It is no longer necessary to use the web screens of HCN Barge to report ship rotations and to pre-notify ship visits. Van Hoven: “In the meantime, we have started initiating phase 2 for HTS Intermodaal, in which we are building additional fields so that the required information from HCN Barge API is automatically sent to Nextlogic for their integrated planning of all container barge visits to the port of Rotterdam. Step by step, we are working towards the end result.”

Connecting other barge operators next
“The cooperation between Portbase and us is good,” concludes Van Hoven. “There is daily contact and each week we have a progress meeting. As soon as phase 2 works flawlessly, we are planning to also offer the other barge operators who are our customers the option to switch to HCN Barge API.”

Yellowstar and neska Container Line

‘We now receive much better information at much faster speeds’
“Recently, our IT systems were made suitable for the automatic processing of all the data that we receive from others and send out ourselves,” says Hans Buytendijk, Managing Director of neska Container Line. “HCN Barge API plays an important role in this. Therefore, it is imperative to make sure to be properly connected to this.”
Together with software supplier Yellowstar, the company has been a frontrunner in the realisation of a fully-fledged API connection. Buytendijk: “As a frontrunner, you are directly involved in the processes that are to be developed. After all, there is often a discrepancy between daily practice and the plans that are devised at the drawing board. In dialogue with all the parties involved, you are able to actually participate and thus achieve the correct implementation.”

Pre-notification without manual actions
neska Container Line now uses HCN Barge API to pre-notify at all the major deepsea terminals at the Maasvlakte. Yellowstar’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rianne Groffen: “neska Container Line no longer needs to perform any manual actions for pre-notification. This saves time and prevents errors. All necessary data about travel, visits and containers is sent to the terminals via HCN Barge API and is also sent back to neska Container Line in the same manner.”

Time for the customer
“In concrete terms, this means we receive much better information at much faster speeds; next, we can automatically process this,” explains Buytendijk the advantages. “Ultimately, this takes us to a higher level as a company. Our staff no longer need to spend their time on repetitive manual activities. Instead, they can focus on the customer and on coming up with creative solutions to relevant transport questions.”

Ready for Nextlogic
As soon as they receive the go-ahead, Yellowstar will also connect neska Container Line to Nextlogic via HCN Barge API. Groffen: “We are happy with the Portbase – Nextlogic collaboration and the choice of the latest API technology. Now, all we need to do for the upcoming integrated planning of all container barge calls to the port of Rotterdam is link neska Container Line with Portbase. That provides clarity and makes things easier for all parties involved.”

From the Coronavirus Update hinterland carriers – HCN Barge succesfully taken into use

All barge operators connected to Barge Planning were successfully transferred to the service Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge in February. The new screen layout took some getting used to for some, but in general the transition from Barge Planning went smoothly. Following the market launch, several extra items were added to HCN Barge at the request of barge operators, including:

  • A logbook that allows the barge operator to check all operations performed at a terminal;
  • An option to reassignvessels so that when cargo makes the voyage not on vessel A as originally planned but on vessel B, you can easily change the vessel’s name in HCN Barge.

We will gradually be making further improvements to the service.

Barge Planning discontinued on 1 April
With HCN Barge now taken into use, the Barge Planning service has come to an end. After approximately twenty (!) years of loyal service – with many new versions and updates over that time – Portbase switched off Barge Planning on 1 April.

First data from HCN Barge sent to Nextlogic
Portbase and Nextlogic are working together to optimise the flow of container barges in the port of Rotterdam. Nextlogic will reuse the data about vessel and cargo from HCN Barge for the integrated planning of visiting container barges that will be implemented in the near future. The data from the first barge operator was successfully sent to Nextlogic from HCN Barge in early April. The same will be done for other barge operators in the coming weeks and months.

Portbase will continue to work on the completion and integrated testing of the link between HCN Barge and Nextlogic in the time to come. Chain tests are also planned with terminals, depots, barge operators and software suppliers. However, the coronavirus crisis may have consequences for the lead times originally anticipated. Satisfactory solutions will be sought in consultation with Nextlogic and all the participants. You can read up-to-date information about the steps towards integrated planning on the joint website.


Portbaseflash – All barge operators successfully migrated to HCN Barge

Along with all inland navigation container barge operators, your organisation was successfully migrated to Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge. From now on, your planners will use this new Portbase service to prenotify the inland navigation vessels and containers to the terminals in the port of Rotterdam. This applies to rotation, visit and loading details.  HCN Barge has been developed in partnership with barge operators. As a result, its operation is aligned with your planners’ daily working process.

Pilot participant Riny Boekelman of DPWorld Germersheim:
“Portbase involved barge operators in the development of HCN Barge at an early stage. Partly as a result, the service is well configured. It may take a little getting used to for planners, but the operation is largely self-explanatory.”

Rutger Bol of Barge Line Today:
“Our experiences with HCN Barge to date have been good. The service is very user-friendly. Compared to Barge Planning, you have a better overview and it is easy to edit details. We are definitely enthusiastic about it.”

System link with Portbase
HCN Barge utilises API links, the new IT standard for exchanging data. Portbase is temporarily offering an EDI converter (for 1 year). This converter automatically converts the loading information supplied in EDI to the new HCN format without you having to do anything. As long as no API link has been created, prenotification of visit and rotation information needs to take place via the HCN Barge web screens. Contact your software supplier in order to switch to an API system link as quickly as possible.

Input for Nextlogic too
HCN Barge will also supply the input for the future integrated planning of all container barge visits by Nextlogic. Nextlogic will be starting field trials shortly. This will take place in the background. During this pilot period, barge operators and terminals will continue working in the existing manner via HCN Barge. You can find more information on the partnership between Portbase and Nextlogic via our joint website.

More information
On the Portbase support page, your planners will find a quick start guide, instruction videos, FAQs and more to ensure a smooth start with MCA Barge. Our Service Desk will also be pleased to answer any questions. You can reach them on 088 625 2525 and

Portbase Update – Better service for inland container shipping

Portbase and Nextlogic are working together to achieve faster, reliable handling of the inland container shipping in the Port of Rotterdam. Via a single portal, the digital exchange of information on vessels and cargoes via Portbase is combined with the integral planning of every container barge visit by Nextlogic. Comprehensive information on this can be found on the joint website

New service Hinterland Container Notification – Barge reaches technical completion
In order to improve the service it provides to inland container shipping, Portbase has developed the service Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) – Barge. This new service will replace the existing Barge Planning and will soon also be the gateway to the integral planning service from Nextlogic. An important advantage of HCN Barge is that participants will be able to send not only the container information but the visit and rotation details for a given barge to Portbase from their in-house systems. The responses messages and updates from the terminals will arrive directly in their systems as well. In Barge Planning, both functions still take place via web screens.

On top of that, HCN Barge is much more user-friendly. The service was designed based on the work process of a barge operator. As a result, the planner has greater oversight and is able to work faster and with improved ease. An advantage for terminal operators is that the tasks awaiting their attention are all bundled together in one place in the service.

Required switch from EDI to API
HCN Barge utilises APIs. It is important that barge operators ensure their software is adjusted accordingly. Inland shipping parties who are not ready in time will be able to make temporary use of an EDI converter provided by Portbase. This converter will automatically convert container information supplied in EDI to the new MCA format. The parties in question will then be able to start using HCN Barge. However, they will not yet be able to take advantage of all the benefits of a fully-fledged link. These parties will still need to submit their visit and rotation details via the web screens.

Hinterland Container Notification – Barge pilot launched
On 4 November 2019 – together with a handful of barge operators and terminals – Portbase launched an end-to-end web-based pilot aimed at testing the function of HCN Barge in actual practice. The first manual notifications have been successfully processed. Portbase is currently working to scale-up the pilot, beginning with the connection of all container terminals that participate in HCN Barge. Once the service is functioning properly for these parties, the other barge operators will be added as well. The schedule calls for everyone to have been switched to HCN Barge – and therefore the service to be fully live – by mid-January 2020.

Everyone automatically switched over in January 2020
All barge operators who use Barge Planning will be automatically switched to HCN Barge in January. There is no need for these barge operators to make any technical adjustments.

Integral planning thanks to smart reuse of data
Nextlogic will use the information from HCN Barge to create an integral planning schedule for inland container shipping in Rotterdam. First, Nextlogic will begin carrying out practical trials in February 2020. Then, in April 2020, the integral planning from Nextlogic will be taken into actual use for the inland shipping sector. Relevant parties will need to sign up independently with Nextlogic in order to participate.

Portbase and Nextlogic launch joint website and – The collaboration between Portbase and Nextlogic announced at the start of this summer is now also taking shape by means of a joint website. At, barge operators, deepsea terminals and empty depots can find all the information about the cooperation of both parties, the benefits for the market, the planning, how to connect, events which Portbase and Nextlogic will attend together, news, frequently asked questions and much more.

Clearly informing the market
The joint website is the basis for Portbase and Nextlogic to inform the container barge sector in a clear manner about the progress of the plans in the coming period. New services from both organisations are made available to the market through one gateway. The optimal exchange of data about ship and cargo via the new Portbase service Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) Barge goes hand in hand with the integrated planning of all container barge calls by Nextlogic in that respect.

Central location
The website is the central location where all the information about this collaboration comes together. The new site furthermore aims to motivate inland shipping lines to switch to HCN Barge as soon as possible and to immediately connect to Nextlogic. Other joint means of communication from Portbase and Nextlogic involve a regular newsletter, meetings, etc. Want to learn more? Visit

More information
Do you have any questions about the solutions of Nextlogic and Portbase or about what the collaboration means for you? At Nextlogic, you can contact Wouter Groen, +31 (0)6 53 91 44 53, At Portbase, please contact Remmert Braat, +31 (06) 24 67 70 08,

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