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Connecting Ports & Innovation: Meet Rotterdam’s Port XL on January 15th 

By Mersey Maritime

Interested in working with other ports and maritime companies? Want to expand your business with or to Rotterdam or do you wish to be involved in disrupting the maritime industry locally and globally? If your answer is yes to these questions, we can offer you a kick-start!

On the 15th of January Mersey Maritime and our executive member, the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) offer you an exclusive networking opportunity where you will be introduced to Port XL and Rotterdam Partners and learn about their innovative approaches that bring together the maritime industry and technology from all over the world. Rotterdam is one of the biggest and most efficient port cities in the world and is looking to work together with you to build for the future through innovation and collaboration.

PortXL is the first World Port Accelerator and unique in its kind. They partner with leading companies, organisations and individuals around the globe, from Singapore, to Houston, Piraeus and hopefully also Liverpool City Region. Its aim is to accelerate innovative companies in ports all over the world, working together with local port authorities, city councils and influential companies to solve real life challenges, implement innovations and make the maritime industry grow and be more competitive! PortXL focuses on building an ecosystem that creates value for all stakeholders working in and around the port and other port related industries through an intense mentorship driven program with founders, investors and corporate partners. In the Netherlands they work with (amongst others) Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, ECE, Vopak, Uniper Boskalis, Rabobank, Rotterdam Port Fund, Thales, City of Rotterdam, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and InnovationQuarter. Everything PortXL and its’ partners do, is aimed at growing and disrupting the maritime, transport & logistics, energy and chemical & refinery markets, locally and globally.

Rotterdam Partners is the local trade & investment agency and your gateway to business in Rotterdam and all of Europe mainland. Whether you are looking for new business partners, market introductions, information or a strategic location to prepare for the future, Rotterdam Partners is there to help you make it all happen!  Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe and the eighth-largest in the world. More to the point, it is also Europe’s busiest port in terms of volume, with a throughput in 2013 of 11.6 million containers (TEUs). It has the deepest seaport in the world, which can be accessed by even the largest sea-going vessels ever made. The port and the area around it make up the largest industrial cluster in the Netherlands. Even as ‘well connected’ goes, Rotterdam is supremely well hooked up in all the ways that will matter for your business: rail, road, shipping—including inland shipping—pipelines, air, and of course online, with state-of-the-art telecoms and internet connectivity. When it comes to being networked, in fact, the city’ has everything you and your business will need to thrive.

During the event you will get to learn more about the port city of Rotterdam and Port XL. Our guests will particularly elaborate on how the maritime ecosystem in Rotterdam works, how this unique form of collaboration benefits the entire industry around the port and how innovations from the accelerator program have led to business growth and successes already. An excellent opportunity to share knowledge, especially as the Mersey Side and Rotterdam have a lot in common. There will be plenty of time to network and discuss your individual cases with the experts from Rotterdam over our complementary lunch.

Mersey Maritime and the Netherlands Business Support Office join forces to bring together stakeholders, businesses and networks from the UK and Dutch maritime industry to prepare for the future and create growth for through collaboration and innovation. This event will be the starting point in our series of ‘West-East Corridor’ Events connecting the Mersey side to the Netherlands.

To register for this event please email events@merseymaritime.co.uk 

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Connecting Ports & Innovation: Meet Rotterdam’s Port XL on January 15th