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
AVATAR - Webinar on Hamburg's transport and sustainability strategies16 May 2023
How do Hamburg’s transport & sustainability strategies align with the AVATAR concept of zero emission urban inland waterway transport? – An analysisRead more
AVATAR - FINAL EVENT - REGISTRATION OPEN15 May 2023
Registration is open!Read more
AVATAR – New milestone! – Vessel launching12 May 2023
It was an exciting day for the AVATAR project with the launch of the new AVATAR vessel in the water on 10/5/2023.Read more
AVATAR - Policy Position Paper04 May 2023
How to foster urban freight transport using waterways? How can (highly) autonomous zero-emission vessels play a role in that?Read more
AVATAR - FINAL EVENT - SAVE THE DATE04 May 2023
Interested in the results of the AVATAR Interreg North Sea Region project on (highly) autonomous sailing and city freight distribution?Read more