Objectives

--> Project Keywords:

  • Innovation, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);

  • Sustainable and intelligent transport system;

  • Intermodal transport (road and sea).

--> Main Aims

  • To improve productivity of small and medium size regional ports of North West Europe (NWE) to improve their competitiveness.

  • To contribute to the effort of national and EU governments in diverting some road traffic elements to maritime coastal highways by improving the efficiency of short sea shipping within the region.

  • To improve the operational safety and reduce the environmental impact of regional container ports.

  • To reduce the disparity between economically developed and less developed regions.

--> Main Objectives

  • To study traffic flow within confined spaces of container terminals and develop an insight into the factors influencing the overall productivity of such facilities, and to investigate existing traffic control methods and develop new methods where necessary to improve efficiency whilst ensuring safety.

  • To identify automatic navigation methods and develop new algorithms for robust supervision, and to investigate practical issues in implementing automatic navigation system in container terminals.

  • To develop an automatic traffic time-domain simulator for autonomous and human driven-vehicles within the terminals and to carry out a design case study of terminal layout using the simulator.

  • To design, test and validate intelligent transport vehicle prototypes with dynamic environments inside confined spaces or combined urban-confined spaces.