Autonomous electric cargo speedboats that self-load and carry a single shipping container
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Darko SavicApr 29, 2022
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Autonomous electric speedboats that carry single shipping containers from ships at sea into nearby towns where they self-unload and return for another. Multiple units form an autonomous cargo "sea train".
Cargo ships can load/unload near any coastal town. No large ports are required.
Seaports can function like an efficient ant colony.
Faster travel times because ships don't have to dock. They can just slow down while unloading a few containers to speedboats at sea.
Electric-powered boats cause no pollution.
Speedboats can carry single containers inland via rivers and canals. Deliver cargo directly into industrial warehouses.
How it works
Imagine something like this, but done properly:
Electric powered speedboats that can hold between 1-4 shipping containers. Each comes equipped with a crane that can load/unload shipping containers much like this:
The speedboat dornes can operate in swarms, like a "sea train". They come one after the other and load/unload containers with no waiting time in between.
The cargo can be picked up at sea and delivered inland via rivers and canals, directly to industrial zones. All without polluting the waters.
An industrial sea town would have as many units as it takes to form an uninterrupted line between a container ship and the town's industrial zone.
For customs cargo inspections, the speedboats can briefly stop at inspection piers.
Here is an amphibian boat with extendable legs. Something like this, only bigger, could deliver containers into areas that have no access to the water.
These autonomous speedboats can self-load shipping containers in warehouses and deliver them to nearby ships at sea, where the ship's crane unloads them.