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Robotic Vessels as-a-Service.


Robotic Vessels as-a-Service.




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€ 1,500,000


Jun 2018 - Mar 2022

Type of action

Joint Call

Project Abstract

The aim is to develop on-demand shipping and nearshore operation services based on unmanned underwater and surface vessels. The system will be facilitated by interconnected vehicles equipped with specialized sensor technology, a reliable data transfer cloud network for over- and underwater communication, a monitoring station and a real-time web-based user interface. Autonomous vessel technology will be used where possible; however, some operations will still involve human control through e.g. remotely operated vehicles. Application examples are anti-grounding and inspection services or emission and bathymetry measurements. The disruptive concept has the potential to improve maritime and human safety, to increase flexibility and accessibility of European waterways and to reduce costs for a multitude of maritime stakeholders.

RoboVaaS is funded by the MarTERA partners German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and Irish Marine Institute (MI) and co-funded by the European Union.



Johannes Oeffner, Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services, Germany


Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services, Research institute, Germany

Kraken Robotik GmbH, SME, Germany

University of Padova (SIGNET), University, Italy

Hamburg University of Technology (smartPORT), University, Germany

SonarSim, SME, Ireland

University of Limerick (CRIS), University, Ireland

Hamburg Port Authority, Other, Germany