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VAKT expands ecosystem with essDOCS collaboration on NWE barge markets

North-West Europe
Tank Barge
trade finance
Alexander Goulandris
Etienne Amic

Update: Please note that as of October 4, 2021, essDOCS and VAKT are no longer in partnership

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London, UK & Swieqi, Malta – September 17, 2019: VAKT, the company re-imagining commodity post-trade processing underpinned by blockchain, announces a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with essDOCS, a leading enabler of paperless trade. The MOU focuses on the North-West European barge markets, smoothing the post-trade process for all parties involved in the transaction.

Previously, this market relied on a highly inefficient paper-based post-trade process. Trading parties would agree information to send on to the terminal, which would add its own information before sending on to barge captains to agree and sign for the product and quantities loaded or discharged from the vessel. This lengthy process results in several paper documents including the barge receipt, which when physically signed allowed the barge to sail and the seller to invoice the buyer.

The combined VAKT-essDOCS solution allows that process to be handled entirely digitally, speeding it up, reducing the scope for error and cutting costs. By working with VAKT, the key shipping documents (and data) can then be added to the immutable, tamper-proof blockchain platform, offering an easily-retrievable single source of truth for all parties involved in the transaction. 

By collaborating, both companies are able to extend their market reach. For VAKT, this represents a step towards expanding its services to encompass the full physical energy trading ecosystem. 

“We are delighted to partner with VAKT on bringing eDocs to the wider energy market,” said essDOCS CEO Alexander Goulandris. “While our initial focus is the North-West Europe tank barge market, where combined we have a critical mass of customers and an unrivalled digital post-trade offering, we are also exploring additional global markets where eDocs are key to full digitization.”

Etienne Amic, VAKT CEO, added: “At its core, VAKT is a multisided platform that allows the various parties in a physical energy transaction – traders, terminals, inspection companies, brokers, port agents, brokers and trade finance banks – to exchange information securely and seamlessly. Some information is transactional; some operational; and some of it represents the documents related to the transfer of the physical goods themselves. There are not that many well-conceived solutions allowing these documents to be passed safely in a digital form within current legal constraints.

“It was therefore a very natural step for us to enter into a collaboration with essDOCS, who have been developing solutions in this field for a number of years. We are delighted to offer the convenience of electronic barge receipts to our clients as part of our North West Europe Barges product. We are hopeful that VAKT and essDOCS will be able to roll out even more exciting products in the future.”

About VAKT
VAKT is a technology company re-imagining commodity post-trade processing by creating a secure, trusted ecosystem underpinned by blockchain. The VAKT platform improves security, efficiency and access to trade finance for market participants, addressing longstanding issues in the sector. VAKT was created and launched as an independent company in December 2017 through an exceptional level of cooperation between energy market participants including energy majors BP, Equinor and Shell; independent traders Gunvor, Koch Supply & Trading and Mercuria; and banks ABN Amro, ING and Société Générale. One year later VAKT welcomed Chevron, Reliance Industries and Total as shareholders.

“VAKT” is a Scandinavian word for guard.

VAKT established its head office in Canary Wharf, London. For more information, please visit or contact:

About essDOCS
essDOCS enables paperless trade. Its solutions digitize and automate paper-heavy processes, including: online creation/approval/management of all export documents (CargoDocs DocHub), data extraction and structure from paper documents and back-office automated checks (CargoDocs Auto-Document Processing), end-to-end eDocs management for key trade documents such as electronic Bills of Lading and Warehouse Warrants (CargoDocs DocEx) and application/issuance of electronic Certificates of Origin (essCert).

Over 44,000 companies, ranging from 31% of the Fortune Global 100 to innovative SMEs, use essDOCS solutions across 203 countries.

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Media contacts:


Chris Bowman, Aspectus
+44 207 2428867

Nicholas Demetriou, essDOCS
+30 210 724 5960


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