Autonomous surface vessels in ports: Applications, technologies and port infrastructures

Abhilash Devaraju, Linying Chen, Rudy Negenborn

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Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs) have various applications in the maritime sector. However, considerable challenges need to be met before integrating the applications in the current environment. Moreover, infrastructures in ports and waterways need to be upgraded to satisfy the requirements for ASV applications. To have an insight into the potential of ASVs in ports, we analyze the applications of autonomous vessels and the impacts that these applications have on port infrastructures. Future scenarios of the application of ASVs in ports are determined based on the analysis of the following three aspects: ASV applications, ASV technology development, and port infrastructure development. To indicate the development of ASV technology and port infrastructures, the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is employed. Eleven scenarios of ASVs in ports have been identified based on the analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Logistics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference, ICCL 2018
EditorsRaffaele Cerulli, Andrea Raiconi, Stefan Voß
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-00898-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-00897-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventICCL 2018: 9th International Conference on Computational Logistics - Vietri sul Mare, Italy
Duration: 1 Oct 20183 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceICCL 2018: 9th International Conference on Computational Logistics
CityVietri sul Mare


  • Autonomous surface vessel
  • Port infrastructures
  • Technical scenarios


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