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The intermodal ship


The Intermode ship proposal is an initiative by the Maritime Transport Chain, which aims to reduce significantly the problem of congestion on major European traffic arteries and its negative Impact on the environment through shifting of cargo volume from road to waterborne transport. The principal merits of Intermode ship are:
-It meets important societal needs regarding the role of transport and mobility in Europe's competitive and sustainable growth
-It provides a flexible and more profitable door-to-door waterborne solution, including the transport of 'swap bodies" for which no waterborne solution exists
-It brings together stakeholders from the Maritime Transport Chain, its supporting industries and centres of excellence to solve a European transport and ecology problem.

Technical and scientific objectives are:
-A novel waterborne transport concept for inland/short-sea operations for various types of cargo units, faster cargo handling and better use of cargo space.
-To solve and validate by means of virtual and experimental methods problems arising from the above novel concept (hydrodynamics, low-weight structures, cargo handling), also regarding consistency and compliance with societal and economic constraints.

The problems originate from conflicting requirements regarding the operating inland-sea environment.

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