42 Hinterland Container Notification Barge

Prenotify barge visits and containers to terminals and depots via a single portal. Hinterland Container Notification – Barge (HCN Barge) also supplies the input for Nextlogic’s integral planning of every visit to the port.


  • A single portal and uniform method of working for all terminals and depots
  • Prenotification of rotation, visits and cargo data
  • Request container status prior to prenotification (at terminals that support this option, see the functionality matrix under documents)
  • At-a-glance insight into the status of visits and containers
  • Automatic notification in case of changes to planning and/or cargo information
  • Always a confirmation of loading/discharge afterwards
  • Direct link to Nextlogic for integral planning of visits to the port

Connection via APIs

HCN Barge utilises APIs. The required API specifications for connection can be requested here. You can also use HCN Barge via web screens, if you prefer.

Important! For barge operators who cannot yet work with APIs, Portbase will temporarily offer an EDI converter. This converter will convert container information supplied in EDI to the new MCA format. No further action is required on your part. However, you will not be able to take advantage of all the benefits of HCN Barge. In such cases you will still need to complete a portion of your tasks via web screens.  Therefore, consult with your software supplier about the fastest way to switch to APIs.

Optimal flow for container inland shipping

Portbase and Nextlogic work together on the efficient and reliable handling of container inland shipping in the port of Rotterdam. Via one entrance (HCN Barge), digital information exchange about ship and cargo via Portbase is combined innovatively with the neutral, integral planning of all container inland navigation visits by Nextlogic. Terminals and empty depots can thus optimally use their inland shipping capacity. Container barges are ready faster in the port. Everyone in the inland shipping chain benefits. Rotterdam is becoming an even more attractive container port. Read more about the collaboration and what this means for you on www.portbase-nextlogicverbinden.nl.

Part of a broader prenotification portal
HCN Barge, like HCN Road (completed) and HCN Rail (in development), is part of a broader service called Hinterland Container Notification. This service is a multimodal portal that makes it possible to submit prenotifications from all modalities to a wide variety of terminals and depots. As a result, in the future it will be extremely easy to switch prenotifications from one modality to another.

Input for integral planning carried out by Nextlogic
Portbase and Nextlogic are joining forces to improve the handling of inland container transport in the Port of Rotterdam. Via a single portal, the digital exchange of information on vessels and cargoes via Portbase is innovatively combined with the neutral, integral planning of every vessel visit by Nextlogic. To that end, HCN Barge supplies Nextlogic with cargo information and visit and rotation details. This allows the operators of the barges, terminals and depots to work more efficiently. For more information on the partnership, visit www.portbase-nextlogicverbinden.nl.

Participating terminals and depots
Go here for a list of terminals and depots where you can use HCN Barge. Some of them require you to use the service.

Here’s how you connect!
For this service, our partners in the logistical chain have established additional requirements of their own. Click here to learn what you will need to do before you can use our service.

Connection fee only
New participants in Hinterland Container Notification (HCN) will pay a one-off connection fee of €249.50 (exclusive of VAT). This applies to all users, whether they participate in HCN Road, HCN Barge, HCN Rail or a combination of these. Due to the strategic importance of good advance information to the functioning of the port, participation in the HCN services is free of further costs for hauliers. These costs will be covered by Port of Rotterdam Authority and Amsterdam Port Authority. All other parties will be required to pay a contribution for use. Portbase is a non-profit organisation.

For questions

Kevin Lammerts
Specialist hinterland Send an e-mail +31 (0)88 625 25 34


Are you already a customer and do you have questions about using this service? Go to support.


For cargo type

  • Containers

Available via

  • Web interface
  • Target groups
    • Barge operator
    • Empty depot
    • Terminal