In order to be able to achieve the emission targets for freight transport as defined by the European Commission's Green Deal, a considerable shift of transports to waterways is necessary.  Particular importance is given towards concepts of automation up to fully autonomous ship operation in order to increase the safety and economic efficiency of waterborne transports on the one hand and to enable the necessary transport volumes in view of the shortage of skilled workers that has already occurred.

Against this background, the EU project SEAMLESS ("Safe, Efficient and Autonomous: Multimodal Library of European Shortsea and Inland Solutions") addresses the development of technologies for autonomous navigation, transhipment and digital integration into future transport chains. In addition, the regulatory framework  and viable business models necessary for the introduction of autonomous ship transports are also going to be investigated.

Project Objective

  • Safe, Efficient and Autonomous: SEAMLESS aims to identify automation opportunities for maritime and inland waterway transport
  • Development of the organisational and technological building blocks and their integration into the logistics chains of the future

Project duration

01.2023 – 12.2026


Project partner

ISL is part of a consortium with a total of 26 research partners from twelve European countries, led by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).


Further information


Patrick Specht
Hendrik Jungen

Funding notice