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SYNCHRO-NET will demonstrate how a powerful and innovative synchromodal supply chain eco-NET can catalyse the up­take of the smart steaming concept and sy­nchro-modal logistics.

What SYNCHRO-NET is about?

The SYNCHRO-NET project aims to reduce hinterland transport costs, decrease CO2 emissions for shipping and land-based transport, foster relevant modal shift to greener modes, by catalysing the uptake of the slow/smart steaming and synchro-modality concepts, guaranteeing cost-effective robust solutions that can de-stress the supply chain and improve coordination among transport modes and supply chain operators. Indeed, on the one hand, slow/smart steaming allows massive reduction of fuel costs and gas emissions for shipping. From the other hand, synchro-modality supports stakeholders to foster the modal shift to greener modes and coordinate logistics operations, leading to reduced empty kms for trucks and fewer wasted repositioning movements.

The core of the SYNCHRO-NET solution is an integrated optimisation and simulation eco-NET system, incorporating different modules:

  • Strategic and real-time synchro-modal logistics optimisation, for providing a list of potential alternative routes and schedules for synchro-modal freight transportation;
  • Slow steaming ship simulation & control systems, for estimating the ship fuel consumption and emissions (CO2, NOx, SOx) for a given route depending on sea state and encountered environmental conditions;
  • Synchro-modal risk/benefit analysis, for evaluating the risks of a specific route;
  • Dynamic stakeholder impact assessment solution, to allow customers, logistics providers, ship operators and public authorities to interactively assess different cases and scenarios from the perspective of environment, cost, social impact and resilience/reliability.
  • Synchro-operability communications and governance architecture, by which the SYNCHRO-NET modules communicate with each other.

The eco-NET system can contribute to delivery higher benefits for all the stakeholders in the supply chain:

  • Shipping Companies and logistics operators will benefit from massive reduction in fuel usage, faster turnaround times in ports & terminals and increased resource utilisation/efficiency;
  • Customers and end users will have greater control of their supply chain, leading to more reliable replenishment activity and therefore reduced safety stocks and expensive warehousing;
  • Authorities and governmental organisations will benefit from a smoother, more controlled flow of goods through busy terminals and reduction of congestion on major roads, thus maximising the utilisation of current infrastructure and making the resourcing of vital activities such as import/export control, policing and border security less costly.
Synchronet is a co-funded project by the Horizon 2020 Framework programme of the European Union

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