AVATAR - Participation at project “Lerende Euregio Scheldemond”
In the AVATAR project, focus is on highly autonomous vessels for city freight distribution by combining research on engineering and economic assessment. From that perspective, project partners Tom Pauwels (POM Oost-Vlaanderen) and Peter Geirnaert (OHB and Urban Waterway Logistics) were asked to participate during a Flemish-Dutch brainstorm meeting on the setting up of an educational program for stakeholders involved in city freight distribution via water.
Inland navigation is characterized by a lack of crew, but will also be confronted with the need for specialized profiles in case of highly autonomous sailing. Future educational programs will have to take this into account; international cooperation between educational organisations for this might be an added value.
The event took place at the Maritieme Academie Harlingen on 19-20/4/2022 and was organised in the framework of the Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project Lerende Euregio Scheldemond, with participation of (amongs others) HOGENT and Maritiem en Logistiek College De Ruyter.
Thank you Jorn Boll and Arjen Mintjens (Maritieme Academie Harlingen) for the friendly welcome and the demonstration of the inland navigation simulator!
See also info on AVATAR Linkedin.