Joint Stakeholder Workshop

Moving Freight by Water: Sustainable infrastructure and innovative vessels

In line with the Transport White Paper, 30% of road freight over 300 km should shift to rail or waterborne transport by 2030, and more than 50 % by 2050. More automation and autonomy in waterborne transport is decisive for the competitive edge of waterborne logistics towards road transport, and thus a prerequisite for being able to meet these goals.

As part of Horizon 2020, the Commission has launched a series of research and innovation projects to contribute to their overall policy as stated in the Transport White Paper. An important part in all projects for being able to operationalise innovations is close contact with potential stakeholders.

A joint stakeholders’ workshop between the sister projects MOSES, AEGIS and AUTOSHIP, took place virtually on 28th of January 2021, at 10:00 – 12:00 CET. The workshop was organised by AEGIS project and was hosted by SINTEF Ocean, coordinator of the AEGIS project. It was focused on innovative vessels, autonomy and automation: Enabling environmentally friendly and competitive short sea transport.

The questions investigated in this workshop were:

  1. How will automation and autonomy contribute to efficient and sustainable short sea cargo transport in Europe?
  2. What are the challenges and what are the solutions that these three projects propose?

The agenda of the workshop is available here.

Prof. Nikolaos Ventikos, MOSES coordinator, provided an overview presentation of the MOSES project, entitled: “MOSES is not just a biblical figure“, which is available here.

The video recording from the workshop is available for watching here.


The last presentation of the joint workshop served as an introduction for a follow-up session related to the Key Perfomarnce Indicators (KPIs) in the maritime logistics domain.