Using technology to solve the hardest operational problems in shipping

The complexities of planning in container shipping have a major impact on the underlying efficiency of global trade. The three founders of Portchain witnessed this while serving shipping clients at McKinsey & Company, and founded Portchain to optimize the engine of global trade through technology.

Our philosophy

Real-world impact

We build products that deliver tangible operational benefits on a daily basis


We harness the power of data to guide our predictions about the future

Supporting people

We believe the best decisions are made when AI augments human ingenuity and experience

About us

Supporting operational decision-making with AI

Many planning problems are so hard that it would take several lifetimes to evaluate all possible solutions. Portchain was founded by three McKinsey project managers who believed that the enormous advances in processing power and algorithms could be used to help carrier and terminal planners find optimal solutions to the toughest problems and improve the bottom line of leading shipping companies.

Combining simple and intuitive UX design with advanced mathematics and cutting edge web technologies, Portchain unleashes the power of AI to create a step change in operational performance for shipping companies

In the words of our Advisory Board

"We decided to be the lead investor in Portchain because of its very strong and professional team, and a strong belief in the business idea."

Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen

CEO, TrackMan

In the words of our Advisory Board

"The ability to optimize terminal and carrier assets and resources through AI is something the industry has been demanding for years."

Jesper Kjaedegaard

Partner, Mercator International

In the words of our Advisory Board

"Portchain has developed an impressive technical solution using AI and ML to optimize terminal berth planning and container liner scheduling. I am excited about the opportunity this tool provides."

Michael Hassing

Former CEO, Ports America

In the words of our Advisory Board

"Portchain is uniquely placed with a compelling value proposition to address structural challenges facing the container liner and terminal industries."

Tom Behrens-Sørensen

Founder & CEO, Behrens-Sorensen Advisory P/S

In the words of our Advisory Board

"The opportunity to deliver scalable business value through a highly focused industry solution like Portchain excites me. I love being part of this team."

Jesper Westfall

CCO, Acies

In the words of our Advisory Board

"It is refreshing to see how Portchain is using AI and machine learning to support the industry in making the best real-time decisions."

Steen Knudsen

Former Head of Port Optimization, Maersk

Born in Copenhagen, working globally

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Portchain has a diverse team with many different nationalities and backgrounds. Amongst our varied credentials are a PhD in Mathematical Optimization, a Master of Physics and a Master of Political Science. What unites us is a common goal: Building user-centric AI applications that create operational benefits for shipping companies around the world.

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