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Airobot supplies positioning technology to single largest container terminal in Europe

Currently, the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp, Belgium, is moving its operations from the Delwaidedock on the right bank of the river Schelde to the Deurganckdock on the left bank. In this context, this terminal is being expanded to a throughput capacity of 9 million TE Us annually. This will make it the single largest container terminal in Europe.


When fully moved and operational, PSA DGD / MPET Left Bank will feature a total of 41 quay cranes across 10 berths, 200 straddle carriers and a quay length of 3,550 metres.

“For this project, we were looking for a positioning solution that was compatible with the solution that has been in use on the terminal since 2008.” Says Douwe Witteveen, senior project manager at PSA MPET. “We need to accurately know where every container is picked up and dropped off without interfering with the actions of the driver. Based on sensors in the vehicle, the GNSS unit must detect a pick-up or drop-off and provide a position to our system. Unfortunately, the receivers used previously were no longer available, so we needed to find someone who could make a new custom integration fast.”

“Airobot was selected by MPET to create a solution for them within a record time.” tells Jan Leyssens, Managing Director at Airobot. “We started discussions about the requirements in January and have delivered 100 units in less than 4 months’ time. Fortunately, we have a lot of experience integrating GNSS technology into our drone solutions, so we could act fast. We also listened to the people in the field to make sure the unit is easy to install and existing cable installations could be used

The SC-PSA-GNSS unit integrates the AsteRx-m GNSS receiver from Septentrio NV and uses the European EGNOS satellite navigation system to provide submeter accurate positions. The receiver has field-proven multipath mitigation technology on-board to cope with the many GNSS reflections caused by all the metal containers.  It also combines satellites from the American GPS and Russian GLONASS systems to provide a solution close to the quay cranes.

“We believed that the knowhow and expertise of the Airobot team could help us to get a solution fast, and they delivered what they promised” says Douwe. “Airobot wanted to provide a complete solution to MPET”, adds Jan,” and believes in working close with its customers to create added value with technology”


About PSA and MPET

As one of the leading global port groups, PSA participates in around 40 terminals in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas. PSA operates three container terminals in the port of Antwerp, all located in front of the locks: MPET (joint venture with TIL) at the Deurganckdok and Noordzee and Europa Terminal. MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) is the largest container terminal in the Port of Antwerp. Originally located on the right bank of the river Scheldt, MPET has moved its operations to the left bank as part of a plan to meet the increasing needs of its customers. PSA employs 3.000 staff at its location in the Antwerp Port. More info:

 About Airobot

Airobot creates technology and integrates state-of-the-art collision avoidance, navigation and positioning systems to turn drones into flying robots and to build solutions for vehicle automation projects. Our drone activities focus on professional applications to inspect difficult to reach areas or get an overview from above, meeting the user’s needs for safety and quality. More info:

More information? Contact Jan Leyssens on +32 476 43 66 78 or via

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