1. Transport of containers and break bulk between Jøsnøya terminal for coastal ships and Trondheim or Orkanger (orange). This will link coastal routes to transport systems in the Trondheimsfjord area.
2. Lumber from Orkanger to Follafoss or Skogn (blue). This will replace older manned ships and trucks for large volumes of cargo.
3. Gravel from Verrabotn to Trondheim for tarmac production (green). This will also replace trucks and older ships.
Distances are between 80 and 90 kilometres for all cases (43 to 48 nautical miles). This is about 8 hours at 6 knots. The routes are in sheltered waters without excessive waves or currents. The project will run until March 2019 and will design the traffic systems, including ships and infrastructure to a level where a reliable cost-benefit and safety analysis can be performed. The goal is to develop methods for assessment of autonomous ship transport systems and specifically get better data on the cases mentioned above.
For more information, contact Ørnulf Jan Rødseth.