Bulkchain is a collaborative platform built on NxtPort technology, dedicated to build the Breakbulk port of the Future. Originally founded in the heart of the Antwerp Breakbulk community, the platform allows participants to work together on the administrative processes to ship breakbulk cargo. By sharing data on shipments early in the supply chain, efficiency of the entire process increases, reducing time spent and administration efforts. In the end, all parties involved benefit from working together through the NxtPort platform.
One central API gives access to all connected participants
Reduce time spent and administration for repetitive tasks
Avoid human errors and increase the quality of your data
By following the Agile project approach, a core team existing of NxtPort and members from the community work on the functional analysis of the different modules. This method of working together allows an active build-up of the application with the specific needs of the community. Once a new module is ready, user feedback helps to improve the solution with every new release.
With bi-weekly "sprints" and feedback loops, we strive to bring small parts of the solution bit by bit, focussing on added value for active stakeholders, stable (yet quick) deliverables and proactive (re)design.
The following modules were identified when the project initiated:
The Terminal Delivery module can be used by forwarders to inform other stakeholders about incoming orders and (multimodal) transport visits. This allows for improved yard and resource planning. Terminal operators on their end confirm the shipments once they arrive at the gate and communicate differences on announced goods, weights and damages.
Terminal delivery is currently in PILOT
A terminal release order is used by forwarders or transport companies to initiate a loading order at the terminal. They identify which goods need to be transported and define by which means of transport the goods will be picked up, and when. Once the transport arrives, the terminal confirms the release of the goods from their yard.
This module includes relevant "Green Lights" that need to be available in order to release goods from the terminal.
Terminal release is currently in PILOT
A Vessel Discharge Order is used by Shipping Agents to inform the other stakeholders in the supply chain about the different shipments on board of an incoming deep sea vessel. By digitising the manifest, companies are able to plan better ahead and complete all necessary information before the goods arrive within the customs zone. Once the goods have been discharged, the terminal confirms the actual state of the goods towards the other stakeholders.
This module is primarily used for import related activities and is strongly connected to the Customs declaration processes.
Vessel Discharge is ANALYSED
Similar to the Terminal Release, the Vessel Loading Order allows forwarders to initiate the release of goods from the Terminal. However, when goods are being sent with a deep sea vessel, the Shipping Agent takes the lead in the communication with the Terminal and the Shipping Line. They ensure that goods are loaded, including all necessary legal documentation.
This module includes an electronic equivalent of the "Permis d'embarquement".
Vessel Loading is IN DEVELOPMENT
Next to the 4 main modules of the Bulkchain application, NxtPort is analysing different core modules that will allow functionalities to be applied for cross-industry appliance.
Breakbulk goods that are stuffed into containers, leave the terminal with references based on their new packaging. For breakbulk forwarders (or manufacturers), information about their shipments needs to be transparant and independent of the state of the goods. The same goes for goods that arrive at the terminal packed into containers, yet need to leave as breakbulk cargo.
It's clear that customs plays an important role in the Bulkchain project. Working together closely with the authorities can shift the focus on administration towards added value and pro-active measures.
We encourage companies to create applications on top of the Bulkchain framework. Should you want to inquire more details on the possibilities (technically & commercially), don't hesitate to contact our team.
Companies that want to join need to follow the following steps:
The following list of companies represents the collaboration of the community during the several co-envisions that were organised to build the foundation of the Bulkchain use case.
Other stakeholder roles will be added in the future. However, be sure to join our community events in order to shape how the future will look like and use the below form to register your company.
The following applies to all entities that collaborate on the Bulkchain platform during the PoC phase
* in the future, more pricing plans will allow other participants to join the hub
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Register and/or login to open the Bulkchain User Interface
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Once you have a confirmed subscription to the Bulkchain use case, you can use the User Interface. Select the sandbox (for testing purpose) or live environment.
The Bulkchain API is created from an API-first perspective.
This API is an access-controlled API. This means that your application needs to accommodate an OAuth2 authentication flow between the application user and the NxtPort platform.
The application user logs in to the NxtPort identity component, and your application requests access to the API on behalf of the application user. The NxtPort platform then returns an access token to your application, which can be used to call the API.
To be able to request an access token, your application needs to be registered in the NxtPort platform. Registering an application is currently a manual process, so please contact NxtPort for this. Go to our support desk where you will find all required information on how to get started.
NxtPort supports and encourages software developers to build additional features and software around its API's. Should you be interested in finding out what is possible and discuss how the technology could be incorporated into your solutions, please contact us through the support desk.
In order to connect your application, you can test by using our sandbox. All required information can be found on Github, Swagger or our Wiki pages. We chat through #slack.
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