Copyright: Kongsberg

10 December 2020

Shipping and port operations are going to become autonomous and green

 

The Scandria Aliiance Working Group on Multimodality & Digitalisation organized a webinar on the potentials of Automation in Maritime and Inland Waterway transport on 2nd December 2020.
Presenters from the Port of Helsingborg, the Port of Venice, Berlin Westhafen and Kongsberg Maritime gave an overview of the state of the art on automation in waterbound transport.

The Joint Spatial Planning Department introduced listeners to the Scandria®Alliance and the Scandinavian Adriatic Corridor.
The 74 attendees representing regions from the entire Scandria®Corridor, from Norway to Italy, were briefed by the Port of Venice on a new planning software, which allows for a more efficient planning of railbound transport in ports. The Port of Helsinborg gave an insight into their strategy on automation, digitalization and electrification until 2035, with the goal to not only find more environmental-friendly solutions but also increase the ports handling capacity. Kongsberg Maritime gave an overview over the current attempts to develop autonomous ships within the H2020 project Autoship but also on other projects, such as the Yara Birkeland and the ASKO Sea Drones. BEHALA, as the operator of the Berlin Westhafen port, presented their A-Swarm project, aiming at developing autonomous vessel-units, that operate independently or in formation as one unit.

A few days after the 2nd International Ship Autonomy and Sustainability Summit, held by the European Commission, the webinar clearly showed that there is a lot of activities related to autonomous shipping in the Scandria®Corridor regions. The presenters clearly stated, that in this early phase of development, it is essential to collaborate to share knowledge. Especially for smaller market actors it is difficult to bear the full risk.

Documentation of the webinar is available here:

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