MOSES: autoMated vessels and supply chain Optimisation for Sustainable short sEa Shipping.

A project proposing the improvement of short sea shipping in the European container supply chain through a series of innovations, such as innovative vessels and optimisation of logistics operations.



About 74% of imports/exports and 37% of exchanges go through ports, making Europe highly dependent on ports for external and internal trade. In the European container supply chain, Short Sea Shipping (SSS) as well as inland waterways are not so well integrated in contrast to Deep Sea Shipping (DSS) ports (also referred to as Hub ports).

MOSES is a European project, funded under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, which aims to significantly enhance the SSS component of the European container supply chain by addressing the vulnerabilities and strains that relate to the operation
of large containerships. Α two-fold strategy will be followed, that aims to reduce the total time to berth for TEN-T Hub Ports and to stimulate the use of SSS feeder services in small ports that have limited or no infrastructure.

To achieve its objectives, MOSES will implement the following innovations:

o For the SSS leg: an innovative, hybrid electric feeder vessel (MOSES feeder)

o For DSS ports: the adoption of an autonomous vessel maneuvering and docking scheme (MOSES AutoDock)

o A digital collaboration and matchmaking platform (MOSES platform)

MOSES is an ambitious project that bears significant innovation potential in the context of European SSS uptake. Its innovation potential covers both vessel design aspects as well as software tools and accompanying governance models to improve related logistics processes






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