Smart shipping

The aim of Smart Shipping is to make ships safer, cleaner, more efficient and more economical.

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The aim of Smart Shipping is to make ships safer, cleaner, more efficient and more economical. By better organizing flows, a better balance is created in the movement patterns, resulting in energy savings and less CO2 emissions, combined with a better quality of sailing. We do not only consider and optimize the ships, but even more their surroundings and other environmental factors.

Interaction

“Smart shipping” at The Future Mobility Network is not only about making the vessel smarter, but also about the interaction between the smart vessel and its environment. Due to increasing developments in technology and the Internet of Things, it is possible to use these smarter vessels to communicate with quays, bridges and locks, and it is also possible to deal more intelligently with maintenance and fuel consumption. As a result of these developments, the logistics chain in which the ship finds itself will become more flexible and stronger from start to finish. By taking the captain off board, ships will be able to sail longer and/or more often, and through technological changes, the ship will be able to find its optimum route and, more importantly, to navigate on its own.

Purpose

The aim of Smart Shipping is to make these ships safer, cleaner, more efficient and more economical. By better organizing flows, a better balance is created in the transport patterns, resulting in energy savings and less CO2 emissions, combined with a better quality of sailing. Fully automatic sailing, the application of tailored information and the sharing of information. 70% of accidents in shipping are caused by human error (note: compare 95% of accidents in car traffic). This percentage can possibly be further reduced because an autopilot is not distracted and is always consistent and ‘awake’. In addition, a small percentage will increase due to the limitations of the technology (e.g. not creative outside the control room, insufficiently robust and/or stable in the initial period).

We recognise these advantages and disadvantages as The Future Mobility Network and therefore carry out research and projects within this theme to improve today’s shipping in order to prepare it for the shipping of the future. We try to put this into practice through projects with our partners, for example by organising the Researchlab Autonomous Shipping at TU Delft.