Development Area
Development Area

Navigation &
Guidance

Automation of navigation and ship guidance is what comes to mind most often when smart or autonomous ships are considered. For the purposes of this roadmap, navigation is defined as how a ship determines its position and movements and analyses its surroundings to build up a situational awareness through sensors. Guidance covers the building of an understanding of the environment and the response to plot a safe course.
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 navigation systems
Journey and route planning systems
Situational awareness through sensors and data integration
Collision detection and avoidance systems
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 - navigation and guidance
Journey and route planning
Situational awareness 
Collision detection and avoidance systems
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 system requirements
Journey and route planning
Situational awareness
Collission detection & avoidance systems
2021 2030

Under construction

2021 2030

Under construction