Sustainable Operations

Work Package 5

Sustainable Operations

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Our objective is to develop the next generation cost-effective and environmentally-friendly sea transport system.

Autonomous ships can dramatically change transport systems, e.g. by introducing smaller and more flexible vessels. This may be a key factor in reaching IMO's 50% goals for emission reductions and other sustainable development goals. The sustainability of an autonomous ship system will depend of efficient utilization and integration of all technologies developed in the Centre. The future auto-remote solutions must be aligned with the human capabilities of any remote operators and other mariners; automated berthing, cargo handling and power supplies in port must be efficiently integrated with shipboard automation; and the combination of operational strategies, automation and transport work undertaken must be optimised to be cost-effective and environmentally sound.

WP5 will provide the integration among the technologies developed in WPs 1-4 with the transport operations undertaken, physical port automation systems and economic and environmental optimisation. The WP will provide quantified evidence that the use cases developed in SFI AutoShip will be cost-effective as well as environmentally significantly better than alternatives used today.

The main research tasks are:

  • Task 5.1 on covers logistic system cost-benefit analyses, which includes development of an integrated framework for economic, environmental and risk assessment. Development of KPIs, models and simulation tools for the mentioned that allows an integrated assessment of the autonomous ship system's operational cost, environmental footprint and risks.
  • Task 5.2 on green ship operations, which focuses on the identification and assessment of technology and solutions for environmentally-friendly operation of unmanned, or periodically unmanned, ships.
  • Task 5.2 on automated mechanical ship-port, which includes the optimisation of automatic control of mooring and cargo-handling systems to automate port operations, while also utilizing the ship's actuator systems, including ballast.

Projects

Projects

Recent publications

Recent publications

 

Feasibility study for an Unmanned Deep Sea Bulk Ship and Short Sea Container Ship

 

 

Automatic Mooring: Technical Gap Analysis