Collaborating on New Concepts for Cost-Effective Terminal Automation

Autonomous operations in a port environment open business opportunities and raise safety and reliability considerations. AUTOPORT project developed solutions for ensuring safe, secure and reliable operation, systemic approaches and collaborative business models.   Autonomous shipping and autonomous vessels have been in the headlines for some years. Recently, Yara Birkeland announced that “World´s first crewless, zero emissions cargo ship will set sail in Norway”. Initially, loading and Read more…

MIT STAMP Workshop features AUTOPORT

AUTOPORT project and its research on STAMP safety approach were featured in MIT’s STAMP Workshop online in June 2021. Eetu Heikkilä from VTT gave a presentation titled “Applying STPA in development of autonomous container handling machinery”. STAMP workshop is the main event on STAMP approach, bringing together a global audience Read more…

Report: Safety engineering approaches and system analysis methods for autonomous mobile machinery

VTT has published a new report covering safety engineering related work in AUTOPORT. The report introduces and discusses advanced safety engineering approaches and system theoretic methods that can be used to identify and assess new autonomy related safety risks in mobile machine applications. The systematic and clearly phased safety engineering Read more…

Seaports look towards inland

The concept of logistics zones in the hinterland is now well-advanced in Europe. The interaction between seaports and inland locations connected to them leads to the development of large logistics pools of intermodal transport.   Port hinterland connectivity and inland transport need innovative approaches from various transport stakeholders, connecting road, inland waterways, and rail networks, which are able to handle similar cargo volume as Read more…

Location Control and Collision Avoidance – Technologies, Suppliers and Applications

The key element in machine autonomy is adaptability to dynamically changing environment based on the available information. Which solutions would allow automated machines and people to share the same working area without compromising safety and operational efficiency? Currently automated cargo handling systems are designed for isolated areas with fences around. Read more…

AUTOPORT at Automaatiopäivät

The 24th iteration of Finnish national Automation Days, Automaatiopäivät, included three presentations related to AUTOPORT results. The event was organized as an online gathering on April 13-14, 2021. The AUTOPORT presentations, given by VTT scientists, covered research related to safety of autonomous machinery and system safety engineering procedures: Timo Malm, Read more…