In order to prepare for the arrival of autonomous navigation, the Port of Rotterdam has converted a patrol vessel into a floating lab that collects data, including about the vessel’s operation and power. These data will enable further research for the introduction of autonomous navigation and the Port of Rotterdam.
Port of Rotterdam
On 22 June, Dutch towage operator Kotug demonstrated what it claims to be the sailing of the first remote-controlled tugboat over a long distance, under a joint industry project. The RT ‘Borkum’ was controlled from the ITS Convention and Exhibition in Marseille, while the RT Borkum was sailing in Rotterdam.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority launched the first version of its new digital application “Pronto”. The application wants to achieve a more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, and a precise planning and coordination of bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. It also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port.
The Port of Rotterdam will use a new digital technology will help ships arriving to the Port, in their port planning. This technology aims to assist vessels adjust speed as the actors exchange planned arrival time automatically. Namely, Sea Traffic Management, STM, and Port of Rotterdam have established electronic exchange of arrival times between ships and port.
Interest groups, port authorities and private companies have jointly adopted standards for nautical port information. This development is very important for optimising port calls. The standards review which system is referred to for water depths and how to communicate admission policies and vessel’s arrival and departure times in the ports.
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