Danish workboat producer ProZero International reports that it is one of the participants in an EU funded project called MOSES that aims to increase the short sea shipping component of the European container supply chain.
Why MOSES? Apparently it’s an acronym somehow derived from “AutoMated Vessels and Supply Chain Optimization for Sustainable Short Sea Shipping.” Be that as it may, ProZero tells us that the MOSES participants “see the opportunity to achieve beyond state-of-the-art, applied know-how and technological developments that, otherwise, would be unfeasible and extremely costly to develop and pursue on their own.”
MOSES is coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and aims to significantly enhance the short sea shipping (SSS) share of European movements by addressing the vulnerabilities and strains that relate to the operation of large containerships.
MOSES will follow a two-fold strategy, which consists of reducing the total time to berth for Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Hub Ports and stimulating the use of SSS feeder services to small ports (hub and spoke traffic) that have limited or no infrastructure.
To achieve its objectives MOSES will implement the following innovations:
For the SSS leg: an innovative, hybrid electric feeder vessel designed to match dominant SSS business cases;
For deep sea shipping (DSS) ports, the adoption of an autonomous vessel maneuvering and docking scheme (MOSES AutoDock)
A digital collaboration and matchmaking platform (MOSES platform)
ProZero International will contribute to the MOSES project by developing automated workboat/tug platforms that can be part of the autonomous vessel maneuvering and docking scheme (MOSES AutoDock)
“We are extremely delighted to take part in this exiting project,” says Managing Director of ProZero International, Jonas Pedersen, “with the ProZero range of workboats we strive to stay at the forefront of technology developments and we do see automation and automated processes as a huge part of the future, therefore the MOSES project is eagerly awaited.”
More on the MOSES project HERE.