The IWT group of the SEAMLESS project met at DST for the IWT Demo Use Case Workshop
On 1 June 2023, researchers from Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), SINTEF Ocean, Voies Navigables de France (VNF), Institut Droit International des Transports (IDIT), University of Belgrade (Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering), and DST have gathered physically (and virtually) to attend the IWT Demo Use Case workshop at the premises of DST in Duisburg.
The workshop led by ISL took place as part of WP 2 (Redesigning Logistics) of the SEAMLESS project. During the workshop, the participants have developed a common understanding of the existing transport concepts in the European IWT sector, particularly in northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, along the Rhine and in the West German canal network. Similarly, the logistics environment including the stakeholders involved, the service concepts, fleet aspects, and topics related to port and infrastructure have been scrutinized. In addition, the researchers have identified opportunities and challenges of the envisioned logistics concepts redesigned in the SEAMLESS project, and derived pending questions regarding the demo setting. The full-scale demonstration of the autonomous waterborne logistics service in the IWT sector is supposed to be conducted at a later stage of the four-year project.