42 Hinterland Container Notification – Barge

This service is being developed. Expected delivery: Mid-January 2020

Prenotify barge visits and containers to sea 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 sea terminals and depots
  • Prenotification of both cargo information and visit and rotation details
  • Request container status prior to prenotification (at terminals that support this option)
  • 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! Portbase will automatically migrate all current Barge Planning participants to HCN Barge in January 2020. Barge Planning will be discontinued shortly after this market introduction. Talk to your software supplier about making the switch in time. In cases were this is not possible, Portbase will offer an EDI converter starting on the launch date of HCN Barge. 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 yet 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.

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. Deepsea 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 sea 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.


  • Startingdate workgroup: 05 September 2019
  • Startingdate pilot: 04 November 2019
  • Startingdate market introduction: Mid-January 2020


  • Startingdate workgroup: 05 September 2019


  • Barge operators
  • Terminal operators

Market introduction

  • Startingdate market introduction: Mid-January 2020

• Pilot phase of HCN Barge in November 2019

From mid-November 2019 – and together with a handful of barge operators and terminals – Portbase will conduct an end-to-end pilot aimed at testing the function of HCN Barge in actual practice. The plan is to gradually transition more and more participants from the working group to the new service.

• Date of market launch: Mid-January 2020

Portbase will automatically switch all current participants in the service Barge Planning to the new HCN Barge in mid-January 2020. This applies to both web-based use and use via APIs. Barge Planning will be discontinued shortly after the market launch of HCN Barge.


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