Another direct result of this tracking is that safety in the ports and on the waterways is enhanced. It can be seen at any time which ship or convoy is where, and interventions can be made more quickly in the event of problems.
In addition, in the near future, barge operators will also benefit from having a tracker, given the (mandatory) introduction of digital notifications.
Finally, thanks to these trackers, owners and operators will have real-time data on the location of the barges. In the past, a barge operator or shipping company had to contact a skipper several times a day to request his position. Now the position of the barge can be plotted visually at a glance. This digital record is important for fulfilling rental contracts and can serve as evidence if an insurance claim is made.
This initiative is a collaboration between North Sea Port and Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with support from the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish government.