Development Area
Development Area

Communication
& Security

Smart ships will need to communicate with other ships and the shore and will do so in different ways from conventional ships. Also, the level of shore involvement with the ship operation will often be greater, putting additional demands on the safety, reliability and functionality of communication systems.
2021 2030

Short sea (coastal) shipping is important to north-west Europe, and to the Netherlands in particular. Both regional transportation of goods in Europe and the redistribution of cargo from large ocean liners is performed by short sea ships. Many short sea ships are built at Dutch shipyards, and various large ship-owning companies own and operate large fleets of these vessels and operate them within European waters and beyond.

Functional requirements of communication systems
Ship position information systems
Ship-ship and ship-shore communication protocols
Connectivity for smart shipping on the North Sea
2021 2030

The Dutch ferries service sector is considered an important mode of passenger transport, mainly on inland waterways and at sea. Ferries are therefore an important link between the shore and the water for commuters, schoolchildren and recreational users. Most of these ferries are built at Dutch shipyards and are operated by public operators as well as private companies. The goal is to have an inland ferry fleet by 2030 for which autonomous sailing is no longer an unknown factor; a sector for which autonomous sailing is normalised and consequently safer and more efficient in its operations.

Functional requirements for communication systems
4G/5G network reliability and safety
Safe/cyber-secure connectivity
2021 2030

Inland cargo shipping refers to the transport of goods on inland waterways in the Netherlands and across our borders. In 2030, inland shipping is to have reached a level of automation described as “Human-Assisted Autonomy” (stage 3 in IMO, level 4 in CCR). We expect 25% of the total Dutch fleet of inland ships to have reached this level of automation by 2030.

Functional Requirements communication systems
Developing industry data exchange standards
Ship position information systems
Ship route communication platform
2021 2030

Under construction

2021 2030

Under construction