Which are the organisation's thematic competences and experiences relevant for the project?

SEAFAR is an innovative independent ship management company, offering services to operate unmanned and crew-reduced vessels for shipowners and shipping companies. SEAFAR develops technology to remotely operate automated vessels for inland and coastal shipping. Via the Shore Control Centre, a captain can supervise more vessels at the same time. The technology is based on the Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and 4G/5G/SAT communication.


What is the benefit for the organisation from participating in the project?

For Seafar the valorization strategy translates into offering a new solution for city distribution (small vessels) next to the existing inter-city waterway transport (larger vessels). These two services cover all waterways throughout Flanders and offering a complete service (small and larger vessels) is required to implement the ambitious commercialization plan and growth of the fleet.


What is the main role in the project?

Deliver experience in autonomous sailing, be part of the thinktank concerning the setup of developping and testing the autonomous sailing in the urban environment of the testbed of Ghent. Deliver experience and knowhow in setting up the full equipment for autonomous sailing at the AVATAR vessel and connecting with de Command Center of Seafar. Cooperate with the mobile control center as developed by UOL. Cooperate with the soft- and hardware of the urban boat Green Wave.


AVATAR contact details

Najmeh Masoudi


Phone: +32 3 247 57 88