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Marseille port works on blockchain project for freight transport on Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône axis (MeRS)

Marseille, France (PortSEurope) March 6, 2019 – The port of Marseille Fos is participating in a blockchain technology project for the transport of freight on the Mediterranean-Rhône-Saône axis (MeRS) transport corridor.

This project, supported by the Interministerial Delegation for the development of the port and logistics axis Méditerranée-Rhône-Saône (la Délégation Interministérielle au développement de l’axe portuaire et logistique Méditerranée-Rhône-Saône), aims to operate a pilot project to test security of the digital transport chain to improve the fluidity, safety and competitiveness of the chain logistics and intermodal freight forwarding on the Rhône / Saône axis.

The solution, that will build a chain of virtual and secure documents, will make possible the data sharing between interested parties without superstructure thanks to certified blockchain technology without the need of a trusted third party.

Under the objectives of innovation, sustainable development and improvement of competitiveness of the logistics axis Méditerranée-Rhône-Saône, the project is supported and accompanied financially by the Bank of the Territories (Caisse des Dépôts), Voies navigables de France (VNF), the Compagnie National Rhone (CNR) and the Grand Port Maritime of Marseille (GPMM).

The pilot is being operated by three companies specializing in the fields logistics, digital solutions for the transport chain and blockchain technology: Marseille Gyptis International (MGI), software editor specializing in the tracking of goods in seaports and airports, brings knowledge about port collaboration;  BuyCo, a collaborative platform for importers and exporters, simplifies processes container transport operations;  and KeeeX, a digital security export.

The prototype (proof of concept) will be launched in June 2019 and focus first of all on certain types of documents but will ultimately include the entire supply chain. The expected benefits are above all better control and visibility on all the points of the supply chain thanks to a combination of logistical and technological expertise. A successful system would be applicable to other ports.

Source: Port de Marseille

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