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When cargo is moved from shore to water in European ports, it’s a carefully coordinated process involving vehicles and dockworkers. Even the slightest misjudgement or moment of inattention can delay the whole process.

Studies from the logistics company DFDS show that digitalisation of cargo operations, can enable terminal efficiencies and improve stowage processes as well as shorten port stays bringing about a significant reduction in the ships’ fuel consumption, GHG / CO2 emissions and operational expenses.

For this reason, the research project ROROGreen has been launched with financial support from Innovation Fund Denmark. During the project, researchers from SDU, DTU, RUC in cooperation with DFDS and tech vendors as Tallin University of Technology, Ange Analytics and Lorenz Technology, will develop new, digital models and services for optimizing loading and unloading operations using advanced technological hardware such as drones, robots, vision, tracking solutions, cloud based computing and state of the art software, AI etc..  

The derived effects of the optimization has potential for DFDS to reduce their annual CO2 emissions by up to 80,000 tons. A reduced environmental impact and a more efficient loading practice will enhance the competitiveness of the DK and EUR RoRo industry. This is likely to shift parts of the European freight transport from lorries to the more eco-friendly ships benefiting not only the climate, but also the economic growth of the Danish shipping industry.

The ROROGreen project 

Niels Rytter, Head of Section / +45 65507216


Julia Pahl, Associate Professor / +45 93507206


Komeyl Baghizadeh Polami, PhD-Student / +45 65508214


SDU Engineering Operations Management University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - DK-5230
  • Phone: +45 6550 7450

Last Updated 29.01.2024