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A project where autonomous ships meet automated ports.

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Advanced, Efficient and Green Intermodal Systems (AEGIS) will integrate new innovations from the area of Connected and Automated Transport (CAT) to design the next generation of sustainable and highly competitive waterborne transport system in Europe. This includes more diverse sizes of ships and more flexible ship systems, automated cargo handling, ports and short sea shuttles, standardized cargo units and new solutions for digital connectivity.

AEGIS is a three year project that started in June 2020, with a total funding of 7.5 M€ from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

AEGIS has selected three use-cases which make it possible to evaluate quantified benefits of the proposed new logistics systems being developed:

  • UCA: Short sea terminals in Norway
  • UCB: Short sea and inland interface in Belgium and the Netherlands,
  • UCC: Revitalizing regional ports and city centre terminals; Aalborg and Vordingborg.

The project proposes a reorganization of domestic shipping by using barges of CEMT VI class along the major canals, as well as CEMT II/IV barges to transport trailers to urban areas.

This movie explains how container shipping can be shifted from roads to inland waterways.
AEGIS also proposes a reorganization of short sea shipping by using mother and daughter ships, something you can learn about in this film.

Project duration: 2020 – 2023
Project Partners: SINTEF Ocean AS, NCL AS, DFDS, Port of Aalborg, The Institut für Strukturleichtbau und Energieeffizienz gGmbH (ISE), the Technical University of Denmark, Aalborg University, MacGregor, Kalmar, Grieg Connect, Vordingborg Port, Trondheim Havn.
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Project duration

2020 - 2023