SMM seminar on autonomy in ships and ports – Summary and presentations

13. September 2022

Our seminar Reduced transportation cost and lower environmental impact by autonomy in ships and ports was conducted at SMM on September 7th and this news article includes pictures and presentations from the different sessions and speakers.

Session 1: Effects of autonomy on society, businesses, and logistics



Marco Colella (PNO): Why autonomy in waterborne transport? – A systematic review

Linking ship and port autonomy to sustainable developments goals and concrete societal benefits.

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Kristoffer Kloch (DFDS): Leveraging autonomy to create cost effective and sustainable businesses for intra-European transport

An example of linking short sea shipping to inland waterways to create new automated logistics systems.

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Antoon van Coillie (ZULU Associates): A broader perspective on logistical and supply chain opportunities created by autonomy

How can European and International cargo transport system benefit from increased automation in ports and on ships?

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Janne Suominen (MacGregor): Reducing cost of transshipments by automation in ports and terminals

Automation in port as an essential factor for increased use of waterborne transport in supply chains.

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Session 2: Technical status, drivers, and barriers



Ørnulf Rødseth (SINTEF Ocean): Who will be first – autonomous car or autonomous ship?

Autonomous ships is a more realistic value proposition than autonomous cars, but current approval procedures may be too strict and costly. How the concept of autonomy is different for cars and ships, and other factors that favours the autonomous ship as winner given that the industry agrees on reasonable safety requirements that allows for cost-effective deployment of MASS.

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Jorge Miguel Lara Lopez (Fundación Valenciaport): Adaptation of port call process for autonomous ship in a big port

The presentation aims to conceptually analyse the implications of the call of an autonomous vessel in a large port, needs, pros and cons from an operational point of view and its implications at the level of communications and information.

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Benjamin Boyer (CCNR): Automation of inland waterway vessels

How does IWW rules and regulations adapt to automated shipping? What is the vision of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR)? How is this linked to MASS developments in IMO?

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