The technology race is on, but are we all running in the same direction? 

As consumers, we are pushing the transportation and logistics industry with demands of 24×7 real-time monitoring, updates, and alerts through big data. At the same time, climate changes and vulnerable supply chains posed in an uncertain world require new models for business and collaboration. 

This year’s Ocean Autonomy Conference aims to connect the dots between human factors, transport systems, and industry logistics to ensure a sustainable, safe and robust future of autonomous ocean operations.    

Join us for two days of inspiration, innovation and future collaboration at Rockheim, Brattøra, Trondheim.  

Program 21st of September

Get your day off to a good start with a hot cup of coffee and something to eat, before we start with engaging lectures.

Cluster Manager Frode Halvorsen will be your host for the next two days. 

Maritime transportation of goods from the large container hubs in Europe to the smaller ports along the sparsely populated coast of Norway is often inefficient and expensive. Will smaller ports have a bigger role in an autonomous supply chain?

Meet Terje Meisler, Maritime Chief at the Port of Trondheim at the Ocean Autonomy Conference in September.

 

What if marine automation can take waterborne transport to the next level? A shift in European transport from road to waterborne and rail is critical for minimizing the carbon emissions from transport and reducing traffic congestion on the road system. Autonomous transportation may enable the necessary paradigm shift in the supply chain.

Meet Odd Erik Mørkrid from Sintef, and learn how. 

A smart, flexible ferry service can increase mobility in coastal communities, but is it applicable to regional needs? The FLEXferry project looks more closely at how autonomous ferry concepts with intelligent information systems can provide more efficient ferry connections in Mid-Norway.

Learn how Trøndelag is aiming toward an autonomous maritime future, with Christian Baug from Trøndelag County Authority.   

Bridges and sub-sea tunnels are fixed structures requiring enormous investments and extensive maintenance. On the other hand; ferries are expensive services requiring a solid market base. What if we combine shore power with autonomous, smart technology; will we get the flexible, autodocking, cost-effective ferries we need to serve coastal communities?

Even Hambros Holte from Sintef may be on to something. Figure out what at Ocean Autonomy Conference.

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

The world’s first zero-emission hydrogen-fuelled bulk carrier will enter operation in early 2024 and will be equipped with two rotor sails to be able to sail long distances only driven by the wind under favorable wind conditions. Behind the pioneering bulk carrier, is the family-owned shipping company Egil Ulvan Rederi.

Learn how “hands-on” experience combined with strong technology interest pushes the shipping industry further. 

North Sea Container Line is one of Norway’s leading container shipping companies, covering the Norwegian Coast and a big part of Europe with their comprehensive feeder service.  Meet Kenneth Johanson, Chief Technical Officer at NCL, and get his take on how autonomous technology can fit in today’s shipping. 

Short sea autonomous transport of goods is promised to increase social, environmental, and economic impacts by replacing diesel-driven trailer transport with emission-free sea transport. However, innovation is more than the development of technology. It also involves how the business models are being innovated. And the digital transformation has the potential of creating new markets. How do incumbent firms introduce short sea autonomous shipping and cargo operations into their offerings?

Pål Brennhovd has dived into the emerging business ecosystem of digital transformation in maritime and logistics industries and shares his findings at the Ocean Autonomy Conference.

Stretch your legs, grab a bite and meet new acquaintances.

Speaker will be announced soon.

In pursuit of its’ objective of transforming maritime operations through the deployment of innovative technologies, Ocean Infinity is developing a zero-emission, remotely operated and autonomous ready, short sea container vessels that will operate between Norway and the Netherlands, creating one of Europe’s first zero-emission maritime ‘green corridors’. 

Meet Jens Petter Haugan and learn how this may be the start of a whole new supply chain. 

Speaker will be announced soon.

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

FourPro Solutions are now streamlining Norwegian ports by putting logistics operations into a digital platform. Now the global logistics company ASCO, serving the energy industry, is partnered up with the young start-up.

Meet Christopher Hoftun, one of the founders and COO of FourPro, and learn how digitalization and the internet of things are transforming the supply chain.

Maritime Robotics believe that the future of maritime operations is unmanned and that innovation in automation will drive industry standards and continually broaden operational possibilities.

Meet one of the founders, Vegard Hovstein, and learn how a local lad from Mid-Norway became one of the pioneers in autonomous vessel technology. 

 

Program 22nd of September

Get your day off to a good start with a hot cup of coffee and something to eat, before we start with engaging lectures.

Get your day off to a good start with a hot cup of coffee and something to eat, before we start with engaging lectures.

One of the biggest reasons automation fails is because it’s designed around a task or a process instead of the people operating it. What can we learn from accidents like Deepwater Horizon and Helge Ingstad? And what is the role of human factors in autonomous technology?

Meet Stig Johnsen from Sintef Digital and learn how safety in automation can increase through human-oriented design and trustworthy autonomy.

Would you board a boat if the captain stayed ashore? Unmanned ships are no longer science fiction, but a possible solution to the challenges of shipping with irregular work shifts, risky work operations, and tough climate requirements. But even though the technology has come a long way, trust and market introduction are weakened by little user-oriented design. So how do we design for trust?

Meet Ole Andreas Alsos from the Department of Design, NTNU, as he explains how design can be the key to trusting new technology.

From factory automation to logistics automation and process automation, SICK’s sensor solutions are keeping industry moving. As a technology and market leader, SICK provides sensor intelligence and application solutions that create the perfect basis for controlling processes securely and efficiently, protecting individuals from accidents, and preventing damage to the environment. Meet Marcus Haas and learn how.

Speaker will be announced soon. 

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

There is a shift in the geopolitical landscape. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has massively disrupted global and European energy markets. REPowerEU is the European Commission’s response to the crisis and is set to speed up the green transition. Paal Frisvold shares insights on how the ocean will have a key role in the new European reality.  

Which technologies and innovations will be of strategic interest in the years to come, and where does your project belong in this landscape?

Navigating the EU’s jungle of funds and programs can be overwhelming. Let Linda Cathrine Hald, our very own European advisor, be your guide on your innovation journey.

Meet her at Ocean Autonomy Conference.

Stretch your legs, grab a bite and meet new acquaintances.

Speaker will be announced soon.

Speaker will be announced soon.

Stretch your legs, refill your coffee and meet new acquaintances.

Torghatten AS is one of Norway’s largest transport groups and operates ferry connections throughout the country.

Zeabuz is a pioneering NTNU spinoff, developing cutting-edge systems for situational awareness, autonomous navigation, and decision-making, modeling and simulation, cyber-physical systems, and assurance. What happens when Torghatten’s muscles merge with Zeabuz’s intelligent systems?

Maria van Zijp and Reidun Svarva let you in on their ambitions for coastal mobility.

Thank you for joining us these days!