Connecting Ports 

Upcoming Session #8

Welcome to the next edition of our Connecting Ports series! In this upcoming session, we delve into the fascinating world of autonomous water transportation. We'll explore how this cutting-edge technology is poised to revolutionize transportation within inland waterways and ports. Join us as we discuss the implications, opportunities, and challenges of integrating autonomous systems into the current infrastructure. How will this shift affect the industry, the environment, and the global supply chain? Don't miss out on insightful discussions and expert analyses on this transformative topic.

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Next Date:
26 June 2024 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Center European Summer Time (CEST)

Digital | Live | Interactive 

Autonomous Water Transportation 

Speaker Spotlight
Marc Holstein, Account Manager at SEAFAR

Marc Holstein is a seasoned maritime logistics professional, currently serving as an Account Manager at SEAFAR. With a strong background in project management, strategic planning, and customer relations, Marc excels in integrating innovative technologies and sustainable practices into maritime operations.

At SEAFAR, Marc oversees the development and implementation of remote and semi-autonomous shipping projects, driving innovation and enhancing operational efficiency.

At duisport, Marc led key initiatives to modernize terminal operations, including establishing strategic collaborations, implementing sustainable transport solutions, and integrating advanced software systems. His work focused on optimizing logistics processes, supporting the launch of new terminals, and developing customer-centric logistics concepts.

With extensive experience in maritime logistics and a focus on remote and semi-autonomous solutions, Marc Holstein brings valuable insights into the implementation and scaling of autonomous water transportation. His expertise in integrating technology and sustainable practices positions him as a key contributor to advancing this field.

Antoon Van Coillie, ZULU Associates 

Antoon Van Coillie is an entrepreneur who started an inland shipping company, Blue Line Logistics, in 2011 with novel inland barges, so called Pallet Shuttle Barges (aka ZULU’s) which are specifically designed for moving goods on pallet, in bigbags or in roll containers. This realises a real modal shift from road to waterway in areas with road congestion and emission issues. The company started its activities in Belgium and is now expanding in other European countries.

Since then he has founded ZULU Associates, a platform to initiate, develop, integrate and invest in the marine component of logistic chains. The main areas of development pursued are autonomous inland barges, autonomous short sea shipping vessels as well as alternative propulsion modes in order to achieve zero or near to zero emission propulsion.

Through ZULU Associates, Antoon Van Coillie founded Anglo Belgian Shipping Company in order to develop specifically autonomous cross Channel vessels using the same base technology as in inland shipping. This is possible as many vectors in the development are similar.

Previously he was active in banking, construction and real estate development. He also served in the Belgian Navy as an officer on fishery protection and mine-sweeping and has extensive sailing experience ranging from dinghies to square-sail schooners (tall ships) .

He is convinced of the need for sustainability and this is one of the main drivers of his entrepreneurship. He has a degree of commercial engineer of the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and a MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He is a Belgian American Educational Foundation alumnus.

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, Director for Maritime ITS in ITS Norway and GM of Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth has an MSc in cybernetics and electronic engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1983 and has since 1995 worked with maritime digitalization, automation and autonomy. He is director for Maritime ITS in ITS Norway and is the general manager of Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships. He is a member of ISO TC8 and IEC TC80 and regularly meets at IMO as observer for ISO.


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