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EU-FUNDED PROJECT AIMS TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABILITY OF SHORT-SEA SHIPPING

Monday, July 20, 2020 

Netherlands-based research organisation MARIN has announced that it one of the partner participants in the MOSES (AutoMated Vessels and Supply Chain Optimisation for Sustainable Short SEa Shipping project) which has recently been officially launched.

MOSES is an EU-funded research and innovation action focused on maritime transport under the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme. The project brings together a consortium of 17 partners from seven EU countries, united in their vision to improve the modal split for Short Sea Shipping (SSS) in the European container supply chain. In this project, the MOSES team sees the opportunity to achieve beyond state-of-the-art, applied know-how and technological developments that, otherwise, would be unfeasible and extremely costly to develop and pursue on their own.

MOSES is coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and aims to significantly enhance the SSS component of the European container supply chain by addressing the vulnerabilities and strains that relate to the operation of large containerships. MOSES will follow a two-fold strategy, which consists of reducing the total time to berth for TEN-T Hub Ports and stimulating the use of SSS feeder services to small ports (hub and spoke traffic) that have limited or no infrastructure.

To achieve its objectives MOSES will implement the following innovations:

  1. For the SSS leg: an innovative, hybrid electric feeder vessel designed to match dominant SSS business cases;
  2. For DSS ports, the adoption of an autonomous vessel maneuvering and docking scheme (MOSES AutoDock)
  3. A digital collaboration and matchmaking platform (MOSES platform)

MARIN looks forward to the targeted integration of advanced technologies like automation, lowemission propulsion systems and potential wind assist contributions for concrete competitive Short Sea Shipping(SSS) applications. The results are demonstrated on scale in due course within MARIN’s facilities.

MOSES is an ambitious project that bears significant innovation potential in the context of European SSS uptake. Its innovation potential covers both vessel design aspects as well as software tools and accompanying governance models to improve related logistics processes. Bridging the scientific, industrial, naval, logistics and port operations domains, MOSES provides fertile ground for sharing skills and expertise that prompts transfers of technology and embodies true synergies among the partners.

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