Denmark as driver for
the future of smart shipping

ShippingLab is a non-profit innovation and project collaboration for the partners in the Blue Denmark.

Purpose

Denmark is to become a driver of smart shipping of the future.

ShippingLab is a nonprofit innovation and project partnership in Blue Denmark. We collaborate to solve challenges that are too big to handle by anyone separate.

You are invited

Be part of starting ShippingLab and help set the direction. As a partner, you get –

  • access to knowledge and new competencies
  • entrepreneurial employees
  • coming competitive advantages
  • possibility for support, access to testing, and less risk

 

Proposals welcome

We are preparing an application for funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark ‘Grand Solutions’ program in August 2018, for a portfolio of activities.

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1. Pitch Template

2. Proposal Template

4. Budget Template

5. Motivation & CVs

Five themes being prepared

Project proposals developed during the last months group into five themes. Contact Rune Hahn Kristensen (rk@shippinglab.dk) or the focal points directly for more info.

Theme

Short description

1. Digital ship operations

We expect to empower vessel crew and onshore support to make better decisions, using reliable data and a model-driven approach. We want to diagnose and optimize equipment usage, both real-time, for maintenance planning and technology development. By integrating data and operational know-how, we aim to create a centre of excellence for digital ship operations – and thereby attract operators to Denmark.

2. Automation and autonomy

We intend to develop core technologies and competences for unattended navigation and machinery supervision. Focus will be on areas, where research in Denmark is in front and where vendors could mature certain functions into commercialized products. Proof of concept demonstrations are planned for selected technologies that improve safety and reduce operational costs.

3. Decarbonization & zero emission

We intend to demonstrate zero emission alternative power supplies using a common test setup on existing, larger vessels – starting with port operations. These technologies are a step towards electrification, on the road to a fully decarbonized vessel. This is a challenge too big for anyone to handle separately. By investing in green technology, we comply with regulation – but with an ambition to make ‘green transport’ a competitive edge.

4. Maritime technology & circular economy

From waste to value – our aim is to promote and lead a circular economy model around sustainable and automated vessel recycling in Denmark. Firstly, to advance technology and automation for sustainable vessel recycling, and secondly, to explore the economic, technological and organizational feasibility of effectively creating circular economy innovation hubs around vessel recycling in key maritime areas in Denmark.

5. Integrated logistics & new business models

We aim to remove data-silos by end-to-end process digitalization between ship, ports, freight-forwarders, etc. and thereby realize a vision of an integrated logistic chain with significant efficiency gains. The intention with this project is to make Denmark a center of excellence for integrated logistics solutions to the benefits of Danish shipping companies, ports and technology vendors in the global market place.

Theme 1: Digital ship operations – Denmark as centre of excellence for digital ship operations and vessels performance

Our objective is to develop the tool-sets for an efficient operation of todays and tomorrow’s fleet. We expect to empower vessel crew and onshore support to make better decisions, using reliable data and a model-driven approach. How do we go from A to B in the most cost-effective way considering time and fuel consumption? How do we detect performance deviations and how do we diagnose and optimize equipment usage, both real-time and for maintenance planning?

Today, foreign operators relocate to Denmark because of attractive legal and industrial conditions. By integrating data and operational know-how, we aim to create a centre of excellence for digital ship operations – and thereby set up a value proposition for attracting operators to Denmark.

Coordinator:

  • Marie Lützen, SIMAC (mal@simac.dk)
  • Niels Gorm Rytter, AAU (i9nr@mp.aau.dk)

Participating organizations in the scoping phase include – Alfa Laval, C-LOG, DFDS, DTU, FORCE, J. Lauritzen, Logimatic, Maersk Tankers, MAN Diesel & Turbo, SDU, TORM, VP Solutions, AAU

Theme 2: Automation and autonomy – develop core technologies and competences for unattended navigation and machinery supervision

In this project, we aim to make proof of concept demonstration of selected technologies that improve safety and reduce operational costs: electronic outlook, collision and grounding avoidance, auto-berthing, autonomous machine room supervision, and more. Such technologies will enable commuters in more sparsely parts of Denmark, dependent on small inland ferries to travel flexibly by having more regular or on-demand ferries. Furthermore, by reducing operational costs for short sea shipping, cargo will be removed from roads to more sustainable self-navigating cargo vessels.

Focus will be on areas, where research in Denmark is in front and where vendors could mature certain functions into commercialized products. The final integration will be based on open architecture and companion standards, to make it possible for vendors to supply equipment and deliver modular services.. A modular approach also makes it possible for ship owners to try out elements of the technology already today and begin data collection on existing vessels.

Denmark has a strong position within automation and this project will be a flagship demonstration to attract international attention and investments.

Coordinator:

  • Mogens Blanke, DTU (mb@elektro.dtu.dk)

Participating organizations in the scoping phase include – Danelec Marine, Dansk Brandteknisk Institut, DFDS, DTU, Fyns Maritime Klynge, Færgen, Lloyds, Logimatic, MAN Diesel & Turbo, NAVICON, SIMAC, Stigsborg Havnefront, Søfartsstyrelsen, Tuco Marine, Wärtsila-Lyngsø Marine, AAU

Theme 3: Decarbonization & zero emissions – how do we enable the green transition in shipping

By 2050, shipping must reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% according to the latest IMO/MEPC72 agreements. This can only be done with the introduction of more fuel-efficient technologies in combination with adoption of new, fossil free fuels. In this project, we aim to establish a test setup enabling verification and knowledge-sharing of low emission technology. The intent is to demonstrate zero emission alternative power supplies on existing vessels during port operations – starting with hybrid fuel cells, stand-alone batteries, and alternative fuels in traditional engines (with NOx removal). For the successful technologies, large-scale implementation is possible, because of emission constraints enforced by 2020+. Further and more importantly, these technologies are a step towards electrification, on the road to the fully decarbonized vessel in a not too distant future.

Today, the demand for green innovation comes mainly from regulation and a desire to save fuel costs. However, with this project we also intend to explore a broader roadmap to a green transition. What steps can we take within shipping to create market awareness and enable consumers and cargo owners to decide their emission footprint? Based on experience from our test platform, what does zero emission shipping actually cost and are consumers willing to pay the difference?

Decarbonization is a challenge too big for anyone to handle separately. By investing in green technology, we work together to comply with regulation – but with an ambition to make ‘green transport’ a competitive edge.

Coordinator:

  • Majbrit Hoppe, Fyns Maritime Klynge (mghop@udviklingfyn.dk)
  • Anne Katrine Bjerregaard, Green Ship of the Future (akbj@mek.dtu.dk)

Participating organizations in the scoping phase include – Adnox, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Callenberg A/S, Danske Maritime, Danske Rederier, DFDS, DNV-GL, DTU, FORCE Technology, Fyns Maritime Klynge, Green Ship of the Future , Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Nordic Green, Renewable Energy Solutions, SDU, Teknologisk Institut, Umicore

Theme 4: Maritime technology & circular economy – from waste to value

This project aims to promote and lead a circular economy model around sustainable and automated vessel recycling in Denmark. There are two objectives: firstly, to advance technology and automation for closed-loop, sustainable vessel recycling, and secondly, to explore the economic, technological and organizational feasibility of effectively creating circular economy innovation hubs around vessel recycling in key maritime areas in Denmark.

Today, CAD-connected (smart) robots can build ships by starting from the bottom, and even perform non-repetitive tasks. We believe that smart robots might do the reverse process and sustainably cut the ship down from the top. Demand for machinery and infrastructure to dispose of ships and rigs in a sound, safe and environmentally friendly manner is forecasted to increase. It poses an opportunity for Denmark to lead a transition towards sustainable, closed-loop (cradle-to-cradle) vessel recycling.

The project addresses various unresolved economic, social, environmental and health-related challenges in vessel design and construction, operation, and recycling. Among the most prominent challenges are the lack of proper incentives for ship owners to comply with existing regulations, economic inefficiencies, and the occupational health risks and severe environmental hazards of ship recycling as practiced today.

In short, this project will contribute to new value creation for the ports and different sectors of the maritime industry.

Coordinator:

  • Henrik Sornn-Friese, CBS (hsf.ino@cbs.dk)

Participating organizations in the scoping phase include – CBS, Gemba Seafood Consulting/Gemba Innovation, Litehauz, MARCOD, Njord Law Firm, Orskov Yard, PJ Diesel Engineering, Port of Frederikshavn, SDU

Theme 5: Integrated logistics & new business models – from road to sea

This project aims to remove data-silos between ship, ports, freight-forwarders, etc., and thus create new business opportunities with seamless digital integration in logistics. We envisage achieving end-to-end digitalization and optimization of the Ro-Ro shipping supply chain, including processes for haulage, gate and yard, load and discharge operations for cargo units (trailers, trucks, etc.). The project should develop and test relevant technologies for decision support tools and validate the commercial benefits of these, and finally – deliver a plan for how vendors can commercialize solutions and how end users (ports and shipping companies) can sequence their implementation of solutions and succeed in practice. If port operations are made more efficient (cost, time), vessels may reduce average speed on the sea to save fuel and overall environmental footprint. How do we use this data to optimize operation of the fleet for improved vessel utilization, bunker strategy and deployment planning?

Denmark is already a leading global player in liner shipping. In a few years, short sea shipping will be revolutionized with the advent of small cargo vessels using unattended navigation. Such technology has potential to move cargo from roads to more sustainable waterborne transport – but to do so require that current inefficiencies in data integration between port and vessel have been removed.

Coordinator:

  • Dario Pacino, DTU (darpa@dtu.dk)

Participating organizations in the scoping phase include – DFDS, DTU, Maersk Tankers, AAU

Selection criteria

Projects must be in-line with the government’s maritime growth plan and strengthen the ShippingLab portfolio to be included in the ‘Grand Solutions’ application to the Innovation Fund. If it becomes necessary to select between projects, the steering group behind starting ShippingLab has decided to focus on the following criteria.

Criteria

Growth plan

Project is in-line with the government’s maritime growth plan.

Horizon

Project delivers benefits on both short- and long-term.

Value & Growth

It is clear, how this project generates value for partners and stimulates growth in Denmark (jobs, taxable profits).

State-of-the-art

Project couples latest research with technology development and industry demand in a new and novel way.

Application

Project application & budget overview is well-written.

Team

A strong team is behind the proposal with a clear commitment to deliver. Minimum 2 companies and 1 research institution.

Plan & Implementation

A doable plan and strategy exists on how to execute project itself – and how results can be scaled afterwards.

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Vision

ShippingLab is a partnership on development, research and innovation in Blue Denmark.

The vision is for Denmark to become a driver of smart shipping of the future.

The realisation of visionary projects contributes to solving societal challenges and creating a competitive edge. The goals are:

  • To accelerate the development and application of maritime technologies;
  • To challenge systemic barriers and framework conditions;
  • To add value in the short, medium and long term – competitive advantages, jobs, etc.;
  • To identify the competences required for the future;
  • To communicate the knowledge acquired in Denmark and internationally.

ShippingLab is involving and covers a wide spectrum through the inclusion of the entire value chain of Blue Denmark – from established businesses to the undergrowth of new businesses, universities and maritime colleges, GTS institutes, organisations and public agencies, etc.

The projects are member-driven, while the responsibility for the inter-relatedness of the project portfolio rests with the ShippingLab steering group. ShippingLab projects must have a declared purpose and support the vision. Projects must contribute to research, development, testing and validation of innovative solutions.

The objective is for ShippingLab to develop into a permanent development platform in Blue Denmark, constantly maturing new ideas and renewing the project portfolio.

Visionary projects

We want to drive projects within three categories – visionary demonstrator projects, short projects that deliver faster facts and new knowledge, and activities to share data and communicate knowledge on all levels in Blue Denmark.

Visionary demonstrator
  • An endeavour with one cohesive vision that inspires and catches attention. A demonstrator that illustrates an unmet demand and pulls the technological development forward.
  • Duration: 2-4 years
  • A collaboration between more partners, GTS, research institutes, and small or large companies. Project is led by large industrial partner, to ensure investment and willingness to deliver.
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  • Tests and verification of a technology or business proposition, to gain specific knowledge. A play ground for building prototypes or using the latest technology and research. General theme is ‘check assumptions’ and ‘what can we learn’.
  • Duration: 3-6 months
  • Collaboration between large and small partners. Focus on knowledge sharing and entrepreneurism, e.g. by partners getting together for short sprints during the project period.
  • Projects to share data and communicate knowledge on all levels in Blue Denmark.
  • Activities to support innovation, entrepreneurship and open collaboration within ShippingLab – and continuously mature ideas and replenish the project portfolio.

Themes

What themes do we prioritize with ShippingLab? Topics are not yet decided and proposals are very welcome.

Therefore – how does Blue Denmark get in front in the rapidly growing maritime digitalization and automation? How do we increase the demand for ‘Quality Shipping’ and green transport – and create new business opportunities based on it?

This list is dynamic and will be developed and expanded as proposals come in.

Digitalization

How can Blue Denmark become the hub for maritime digitalization?

We would like more aspects of the maritime business to be streamlined with digital solutions. How can we make that happen?

How can Blue Denmark continue to be the frontrunners of green solutions?

We would like to drive consumer demand for green maritime transportation. We would like to demonstrate that zero emission solutions exist. How can we make that happen?

How can Blue Denmark become the leading country in the autonomous revolution?

We would like to be at the forefront of automation with safer operations, on-shore navigation support and autonomous vessels. How can we make that happen?

How can Blue Denmark become the center of excellence for vessel operations and performance?

We would like more owners, charterers, operators to have their operations center in Denmark. How can we make that happen?

How do we make faster technology development cycles? What elements of full-cycle ship construction and decommissioning are relevant for Denmark?

We would like to be the go-to place for technology development and early-adoption for both new-built and retrofit solutions. How can we make that happen?

How can Denmark become the best practice example of cooperation and integration between maritime partners?

We would like companies to have seamless cooperation for their own benefit and for the benefit of the industry. How can we make that happen?

Organizations behind ShippingLab

The group starting ShippingLab represents a selection of Blue Denmark; but this is not a closed initiative and everyone is invited to join.

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