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Developing small, flexible, zero-emission and automated vessels to support shifting cargo from road to sustainable Waterborne Transport


Publication date
13 December 2022
Opening date
Deadline model
Deadline date
20 April 2023, 17:00 (CEST)


Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes (HORIZON-CL5-2023-D5-01)

TOPIC ID: HORIZON-CL5-2023-D5-01-16

Project outputs and results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:

  • Development and validation of a small zero-emission automated vessel concept which can support shifting cargo from road to water. The concept will take into account cargo types and navigation conditions (e.g. small waterways, bridges, locks and shallow coastal waters and estuaries).
  • Quantification and assessment of the reduced costs and emissions and stronger intra- and intermodal competitiveness of waterborne transport through integration of zero emission propulsion of automated vessels and transhipment into automated transport chains, internet of things and possibly urban logistics.
  • Development of business models that benefit from a high degree of automation digitalisation, considering technical, safety, security and organisational aspects and when relevant smart on demand services.