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European training and research network on Autonomous Barges for Smart Inland Shipping

Objective

According to the European Commission, passenger transport is projected to increase 42% by 2050, and freight transport up to 60%. Needless to say, this puts an enormous burden on transport networks and our environment. Compared to other modes of transport – which often face congestion and capacity problems – inland waterway transport is characterised by reliability, energy efficiency and a capacity for increased use. More than 37,000 km of waterways connect hundreds of cities and industrial regions in Europe. In the EU, 13 countries share an interconnected waterway network, highlighting the potential for increasing the modal share of inland waterway transport. This will not happen unless we can make inland waterways economically competitive. However, with crew costs accounting for 60% of the total cost, autonomous inland vessels represent an exciting disruptive technology.

AUTOBarge is about seizing an opportunity. Europe’s waterways are a vital resource that we have underused for most of the last century. Now, with the possibility for mass autonomous shipping, these canals and rivers offer a network that we can exploit without damaging the environment to the extent of new roads and aircraft runways. But to be able to do this we need new people with new skills. These innovators must be experts in remote control, monitoring, smart logistics, regulatory aspects, and many more areas associated with the complexity of inland shipping. The 15 early-stage researchers recruited to AUTObarge will begin this transport revolution.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 768 960

Participants (9)

PERISKAL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Den Isomo 11
2990 Wuustwezel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 584 684,64
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORD UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 292 342,32
Address
Universitetsalleen 11
8026 Bodo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KONGSBERG MARITIME AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 292 342,32
Address
Strandpromenaden 50
3183 Horten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 845 948,88
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DU DROIT INTERNATIONAL DES TRANSPORTS
France
EU contribution
€ 274 802,04
Address
110, Avenue Du Mont Riboudet
76000 Rouen
Activity type
Other