The smartest container this planet has even seen...

Container 42 is an innovation, research and serendipity platform for stakeholders in shipping, ports and related technology. It is meant to answer questions about the future of technology, sustainability and logistical efficiency.

Smart port infrastructure.

As one of the leading ports in the world, with the ambition to be the smartest port, Rotterdam is taking the lead in the digital transformation of port and logistics. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and market players are experimenting with taking the operation of the port to an even higher level through digitisation. Part of these experiments is the development of Container 42. The container is equipped with sensors and communication technology, and it will travel around the world for two years to collect data that had until now been invisible. Vibrations, pitch, position, noise, air pollution, humidity and temperature are among the things that will be recorded.

Autonomous shipping.

Digitisation contributes to the ambition to make autonomous sailing possible within the port of Rotterdam by 2030. Container 42 symbolizes (semi) autonomous ships that in the near future need all kinds of new, hyper-secure and accurate information in order to perform their (semi) autonomous tasks in a safety and reliable manner. Standardization also plays a crucial role. By using global, open standards, it is easy for all links in the chain to connect and therefore make maximum use of the real-time data available. With Container 42 we can set these standards.

Innovative partnerships.

The partners involved have a shared vision on how new technologies will increase safety, sustainability and efficiency in shipping and ports. With recent developments in the field of software, hardware, standardization and legislation, autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels with optimal decision support are more realistic than ever. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding many questions and answers. The Container 42 platform will explore that unknown territory. The collected information will offer all parties in the supply chain more insight and the capability of further optimising processes. Become also a partner of Container 42!

42: The answer to life, the universe and everything.

When Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he added a central joke which has become more famous over the years than the novel itself: “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” Geeks have since wasted years and massive effort trying to ascribe some deep, symbolic significance to the number and its occurrences.