AVATAR- Autonomous vessels, cost-effective transhipment, waste return
Welcome to AVATAR's website. AVATAR is a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020.
The massive under-exploitation of inland waterways (IWW) in the North Sea Region, especially in and around urban environments, provides opportunities for technological innovations. The AVATAR project aims to deploy zero-emission automated vessels that can do hourly traffic between the Urban Consolidation Centers outside the city and inner city hubs, focusing on the distribution of palletized goods and waste return.
The AVATAR project aims to tackle challenges of city freight distribution by developing, testing and assessing adequate technologies and business models for urban autonomous zero-emission IWT. Through this, the project unlocks the economic potential of urban vessels and corresponding waterways, increases available solutions for full-cycle automation and sets up a sustainable supply chain model for urban goods distribution and waste return.
- Development of prototypes of automated to autonomous ship units
- Development of remote monitoring and control concepts
- Development of use cases and business cases for use in an urban context
- Analysis of the political and legal framework for the deployment of autonomous ship units in the participating regions
- Performance of pilot tests
Project period: May 2020 - June 2023
Project budget: Total EUR 2,83 million, funding (ERDF): EUR 1,42 million
Latest Project News
Next week (23-25 May 2022), the North Sea Region Conference will be organised in Bruges, Belgium. AVATAR project partners are participating.Read more
Nice to see that AVATAR project partners Peter Geirnaert (Urban Waterway Logistics) and Najmeh Masoudi-Dionne (SEAFAR) contributed to the imec.ICON Sm…Read more
A new feasibility study on urban waterway logistics in Hamburg has been published. The study was recently completed by researchers from Fraunhofer CML…Read more