Transferring goods from road to sea and rail is critical to more sustainable logistics. Maritime transport is the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly form of transport, but still - most goods are transported by car nationally. If we transfer all types of goods from road to sea to a greater extent, it will help to a large extent to reduce emissions, queues, accidents, and road wear.
In a land of fjords, a long coastline, and many ferries, can a modular, autonomous, and flexible barge system at sea outperform the truck in the future?
Freight traffic is expected to grow by 290 million tonnes by 2050, with forecasts of 1.5% annual growth in total freight flows in Norway, including a fivefold increase in aquaculture. 80 % of the goods will come by road.
The FAST project aims to present a new and cost-effective transport solution based on autonomous/remote-controlled/low-manned vessels and smart systems.