Horizon 2020 project AUTOSHIP – Autonomous Shipping Initiative for European Waters – aims at speeding-up the transition towards a next generation of autonomous ships in EU.

The project will build and operate 2 different autonomous vessels, demonstrating their operative capabilities in Short Sea Shipping and Inland Water Ways scenarios, with a focus on goods mobility.

The new autonomous ships will help ship operators and owners to improve the economy of scale of their investments, to effectively gain competitiveness and renew their fleets, making them more competitive to replace road transport: they will reduce costs and improve the overall efficiency on-board (less fuel and logistic procedures) based on an advanced technology for monitoring, data fusion and communication with a more evolved network. Interoperability and IoT will increase safety, security and speed of every operation.

The use cases developed within the project will optimize efforts and investments in order to advance common standards and enabling operations in a shorter timeframe than expected: this will allow commercial applications of the technology behind the next generation of autonomous ships by the end of 2023.

To reach this goal a holistic approach is used, involving the logistics value-chain, the maritime authorities and the decision makers to define the right acceptance criteria, design parameters and cost-effectiveness and to assess the right communication for broad societal acceptance.

Regulatory, societal, economic, (cyber)security and safety analyses will be thoroughly completed, leading to a roadmap, Decision Support Tools, methodologies and standards for future adopters and developers. A proposal to IMO for amending and improving regulation will be delivered at the end of the project, duly motivated by the demonstrators and their testing.

AUTOSHIP | Coordinator and partners

  • Ciaotech S.r.l. – PNO Group (coordinator)
  • Kongsberg Maritime CM AS
  • Kongsberg Maritime AS
  • Kongsberg Digital AS
  • Kongsberg Norcontrol AS
  • Sintef Ocean AS
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Eidsvaag AS
  • Blue Line Logistics NV
  • Bureau Veritas

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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement N°815012.