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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.

Project focus:

- 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

AVATAR - Participation at North Sea Region Conference Bruges

19 May 2022

Next week (23-25 May 2022), the North Sea Region Conference will be organised in Bruges, Belgium. AVATAR project partners are participating.

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AVATAR project partners contributed to the Smart Waterway project

17 May 2022

Nice to see that AVATAR project partners Peter Geirnaert (Urban Waterway Logistics) and Najmeh Masoudi-Dionne (SEAFAR) contributed to the imec.ICON Sm…

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Water Cargo Barge – Feasibility study on urban waterway logistics in Hamburg published

17 May 2022

A new feasibility study on urban waterway logistics in Hamburg has been published. The study was recently completed by researchers from Fraunhofer CML…

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AVATAR - Newsletter 3 - May 2022

16 May 2022

The AVATAR project consortium is publishing project newsletters at regular intervals, about three to four times a year, in which the main events, resu…

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AVATAR - Project partner meeting Hamburg

13 May 2022

On May 5, 2022 the 5th AVATAR project partner meeting took place, live in Hamburg. A big relief after 4 online partner meetings! During the partner me…

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