Waterborne platooning: A viability study of the vessel train concept

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The research in this thesis is a viability study of a waterborne platooning concept called the Vessel Train (VT). This manuscript describes the VT characteristics. It explains how the VT’s advantages are reaped, as well as the VT’s challenges that need to be considered and dealt with. To assess the potential of the platooning concept an inland navigation and a short sea shipping case are studied. They elaborated upon detailed information on viable operating requirements for different vessel types and operating conditions. A general outlook regarding geographical application differences is considered by analysing the difference between European inland corridors, bridge interaction in urban areas and the global application potential.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Hekkenberg, R.G., Supervisor
  • van Hassel, Edwin, Advisor, External person
Award date8 Nov 2021
Print ISBNs978-94-6384-237-2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


The research leading to these results has been conducted within the NOVIMAR project (NOVel Iwt and MARitime transport concepts) and received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 Program under grant agreement n° 723009.


  • Waterborne platooning
  • Vessel Train
  • Short sea shipping
  • Inland waterway transport
  • Viability study
  • Semi-autonomous navigation


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