The next ReVolt: Unmanned, automated ships

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09 December 2014–Could present-day technology improve the cost and effectiveness of short sea shipping while enhancing safety and environmental performance? Yes, it could! Taking current technology to the extreme, DNV GL has developed a revolutionary concept for an unmanned, zero-emission short-sea vessel

The EU’s road network suffers from chronic congestion. Yet, road usage for cargo transport is steadily increasing, leading to heavier road wear, more accidents and higher emissions. The population growth in urban areas expected over the next decades will without doubt compound the problem, causing the demand for transport to exceed the capacity of today’s roads.

To alleviate these issues, governments all over the EU are trying to move some of the freight volume from the road to waterways and railways. In the short sea shipping segment however, profit margins are small due to high energy and operating costs as well as high taxes.

These circumstances prompted DNV GL Strategic R&I to design a new ship concept specifically for short-sea shipping with the objective of encouraging a modal shift from road to sea. By taking the design and applied technologies to the extreme, the DNV GL engineers want to launch a new discussion within the community while upholding DNV GL’s maxim of a safe and sustainable future for shipping. The innovative ship concept “ReVolt – the unmanned, zero-emission, short-sea ship of the future” is the result of a multi-disciplinary, team based development project at DNV GL based on an assessment of current requirements along European short-sea routes. Nevertheless the concept could be implemented in other coastal regions around the globe.

Further details can be found in DNV GL’s latest MARITIME INSIGHT Magazine, which was launched in SMM. You can download a copy from the below link:

http://www.dnvgl.com/news-events/news/dnvgl-releases-maritime-impact-2-2014.aspx

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