Transport Lab

Here are some project carried out by people affiliated to the TRASNPROT LAB (click on the logo to reach the official project website):

Ports are very much affected by socio-economic, political, geographical and legislative forces that test the whole port community on how to promptly react to external forces; at the same time structural and endogenous port characteristics may vary and evolve during the time. In thisd framework, the main concept that will be developed in this project focuses on the design of a definition of the “Port of the Future” notion and the related analysis of the elements that determine this concept. Hereby, the common elements that are generally defined as crucial for the developments or existence of future ports will be considered accordingly. Once the elements defining  concepts of “Ports of the Future” are identified a methodology will be developed aiming at clustering proposals and actions, as well as other ongoing activities in the port sector. The selected projects and actions will then be analyzed in detail through the use of relevant Key Performance Indicators. Based on these KPIs results from, these projects and actions will be monitored and evaluated accordingly towards the Port of the future Targets.

A world where the control of information still lies with the information owner and the maritime distributed way of working still remains. A maritime world where the crew focuses on safe navigation instead of reporting, where port calls become even more efficient and just-in-time, making maritime shipping the main transport option for even more goods. We have seen the development of new services in many different industries, and the maritime sector can be revolutionised in ways that we cannot even imagine.Sea Traffic Management will overcome many of the challenges of communication and information sharing between stakeholders in the maritime transport industry. It will create significant added value for the maritime transport chain, in particular for ship owners and cargo owners.

By providing vessels with the ability to see each other’s planned routes, navigators get a more complete picture of how surrounding vessels will influence their onward voyage. Using this data, other services are able to produce valuable information and offer advice to vessels on their routes, such as recommendations to avoid congestion in areas with high traffic, avoidance of environmentally sensitive areas, and maritime safety information. The information exchange between vessel and port actors will improve planning and performance regarding arrivals, departures and turnaround times.

Container terminals serve thousands of ships, store billions of TEUs, compete to serve the next vessel, and introduction of larger ships will result in new challenges. While advances have been made in terminal automation (Automated Ground Vehicle (AGV), gate control, yard cranes, etc.), with current technologies terminals are limited by their ability to maintain growth and quality of service. To address these trends and demands the Robotic Container Management System (RCMS) has been developed.

As a contribution to its implementation, Project main objectives are:

  • to develop a detailed simulation model for RCMS to be evaluated in 2 Terminals (Gdansk and Koper) plus a set of generic simulation tools to be used in all terminals
  • to assess and compare RCMS performance with other state-of-the-art container handling technologies for 2 ports (Gdansk and Koper), with focus on comparison between RCMS solution and port surface extension
  • to assess impact of RCMS in a simulated transport network in terms of efficiency, reliability, capacity, performance indicators (travel times, average speed, etc.) and impacts (noise and air pollution) in the Port of La Spezia


The In2Rail project is to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network by delivering important building blocks that unlock the innovation potential that exists in Shift2Rail: innovative technologies will be explored and resulting concepts embedded in a systems framework where infrastructure, information management, maintenance techniques, energy, and engineering are integrated, optimised, shared and exploited. In2Rail will make advances towards Shift2Rail objectives: enhancing the existing capacity fulfilling user demand; increasing the reliability delivering better and consistent quality of service; reducing the LCC increasing competitiveness of the EU rail system. To achieve the above, a holistic approach covering Smart Infrastructures, Intelligent Mobility Management (I2M)and Rail Power Supply and Energy Management will be applied. This project started in May 2015 and it is supported by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission.