The Robotic Container-Handling System and the feeder are remotely monitored through a Shore Control Centre. The innovative feeder, while berthed at the DSS port, may use the MOSES Recharging Station, which is an automated shore-based power station. MOSES recharging station is also used for powering the tugboats. The laden MOSES Feeder proceeds with a reduced environmental footprint to the small port, which has no existing infrastructure to handle the containers’ (off)loading process. As soon as the MOSES innovative Feeder vessel approaches the small port, where her docking is achieved without the need of tugboats, she automatically unloads the containers by using the Robotic Container-Handling System, either at the quay or directly on trucks. As a result, ports with minimal or no available infrastructure may be effectively integrated in the container supply chain. The MOSES innovative feeder vessel, then, continues her voyage to the next small port or she returns to the DSS port. The feeder could partly autonomously, operate, with the support of the Shore Control Centre, during the sailing leg of the voyage.
Even though the cargo has been successfully transported to its destination, the continuity and sustainability of the feeder service require the necessary adaptation of the existing port operations and the balance between demand and supply. To this end, the MOSES concept is supported by the MOSES Matchmaking Platform to handle effectively the changing of the freight flows, to increase the cost-effectiveness of partial cargo loads and to boost last-mile/just-in-time connections among the transport modes and backhaul traffic.