MSC Belgium launches ID-Based container pick-up technology


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is the first shipping company in the world to launch ID-based container pick-up, following a successful test phase with Van Moer Logistics and MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in 2022. This technology allows MSC containers to be released for transport using ID and biometric data, rather than a PIN code, in aims to improve security across the supply chain.  

The ID-based pick-up process is part of the ongoing rollout of Secure Container Release (SCR) at MPET, which allows MSC containers to be collected at the terminal by scanning the haulier’s Alfapass, biometric data and specific Truck Appointment Reference (TAR) code at the In-Gate, instead of using a PIN code. This combined approach aims to make the pick-up process more secure and efficient. 

Technology company T-Mining has invested more than five years developing and testing the underlying blockchain technology, used by SCR, which MSC has successfully tested with partners Van Moer Logistics and MPET.  

MSC was one of the first carriers to pilot T-Mining’s SCR technology almost three years ago. The project is now entering the final phase of its rollout, the objective of which is to enable a 100% PIN-code-free, secure process for container release. MSC and MPET are currently the only companies to have reached this final stage, which will improve security across the supply chain.  

From 1 June 2023, taking out a container at MPET will no longer be possible with a PIN code. It will therefore be necessary for everyone involved in the supply chain to prepare accordingly and make it possible to transfer the release of a container via SCR.  

By transferring the container release rights directly, instead of downloading a PIN code, SCR is in line with current harbour police regulation in Antwerp and the ID-based pick-up technology is further future-proofed by integrating biometric information into the collection process. 

Source: MSC