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  • CARGOMAP - Mapping vessel behaviour and cargo flows

    CARGOMAP - Mapping vessel behaviour and cargo flows

    Internal contact person: Siri Pettersen Strandenes


    Since the introduction of the AIS (Automated Identification System) in 2004/05 we have seen a dramatic increase in the information flow from terrestrial and satellite-based receivers about the location and itineraries of the world fleet. AIS messages include real-time information on the coordinates and speed of ships, as well as information on draught, the next port of call and estimated time of arrival.

    The value of proper utilisation of this information is huge - for instance in the context of optimization of ship operations, chartering and transport planning - yet our advancement of knowledge in this area has met substantial R&D challenges.

    This is in part due to the huge amounts of high-frequency data received, requiring fast and scalable IT solutions, but mainly due to inconsistent quality and data coverage requiring advanced algorithms for interpolation of positions and extrapolation of future itineraries.  In addition, ascertaining key issues such as cargo type and size remains an art rather than a science, particularly for the smaller vessel sizes.

    CARGOMAP is an interdisciplinary project that connects the AIS expertise at CMR Computing with shipping economics expertise at the Norwegian School of Economics (SNF/NHH).

    The objective of CARGOMAP is to verify the quality and limitations of AIS data as a basis for national transport planning and to develop solutions for extracting information from AIS data that will enable better seaborne transportation planning and a transfer of goods from land to sea within Norwegian territorial waters.

    This involves firstly assessing AIS data quality and geographical coverage and, secondly, to use AIS data in two case studies – one that will assess the impact of environmental regulations on transport costs by comparing vessel behaviour within and outside the low-sulphur-fuel area in the North Sea, and one that looks at port connectivity and trade flows within Norwegian territorial waters.

    CARGOMAP is a Researcher Project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NOK 6 million) for the two-year period September 2014 through August 2016.

  • GREENSHIPRISK: Green Shipping under Uncertainty

    GREENSHIPRISK: Green Shipping under Uncertainty

    Internal contact person: Roar Os Ådland


    The future winners in the international shipping industry will have a strong focus on energy efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions. In this context it is not sufficient to focus on technology development for technology's sake.

    Focus must be on solutions that are commercially viable and therefore will be implemented by the industry. It is also important to utilise existing fleets and technology in a more energy-efficient manner at all levels of ship operation, for instance through better choices of speed and routing, better coordination and scheduling in ports, and a more efficient fleet management system.

    The project "Green shipping under uncertainty" is a co-operation between Norway's two leading research centres within maritime technology, logistics and economics - NTNU/MARINTEK and the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - that deal with these important questions.

    A key research area is the development of improved models that can describe the future uncertainty in freight rates, fuel prices, technological development and regulations. These models are used to develop decision-support systems that can assist shipowners and operators in both short-term operational optimisation and strategic choices regarding fleet structure.

    The key to a faster transition to a greener maritime industry is to handle both horizons in a framework where both technology and economics play key roles, and where uncertainty is handled in the best manner possible.

    The project's industry partners - Odfjell SE, Western Bulk and Bergen Shipowners' Association - represent both international tramp and industrial shipping. Their knowledge and knowhow ensure the development of tools and models of practical relevance and use.

    Green Shipping under Uncertainty is a four-year project (2014 – 2017) and funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NOK 10 m) and our industry partners Odfjell and Western Bulk.

  • NETWORK DESIGN – Understanding stochastics

    NETWORK DESIGN – Understanding stochastics

    Internal contact person: Stein W. Wallace


    Based on earlier joint work we study stochastic network design with an emphasis on cases where vehicles can be rerouted in real-time.

    Funded by the Chinese Research Council (600.000 RMB ~ NOK 750000) for three years, starting January 2015.

  • Lean Production in the Shipping Industry

    Lean Production in the Shipping Industry

    Internal contact person: Stein W. Wallace


    The main issue here is to understand the relationship between lean production and flexibility as understood in stochastic programming. We mainly play an advisory role on the stochastics side.

    Funded by the Norwegian Research Council under SINTEF, Trondheim.

  • HyFi-Transport


    Internal contact person: Gunnar Eskeland

    Hybrid and other configurations for environmentally friendly transport is a MARINTEK (SINTEF) centered project funded by the Norwegian Research Council and industry partners. SNF’s researcher is Gunnar S. Eskeland. An important idea is to shift the emphasis in ship design and policy from idealized towards realistic usage conditions for the vessel. Typically, engines and vessels consume and pollute ‘too much’ when under very high or low loads. This observation alone lends value to configurations with several engines and combining combustion engines with electric and battery solutions.  These solutions also allow better responses to combinations of challenges, such as local environmental problems and global climate change.