Living Lab 3: Galati, Romania


The Living Lab 3 – Romania will develop an optimised SFAZ concept for the Romanian application, addressing the specific inland and Black Sea coastal navigation areas located in South-Eastern Romania comprising the waterway system that connects Galați – Tulcea – Sulina – Constanta – Medgidia – Cernavoda – Braila –​Galati and the Danube Delta’s network of shallow channels. ​

The environmental research vessel REXDAN will be used for data-driven modelling and selective testing of FOREMAST innovations with a transferability focus.


Overall Objectives

To demonstrate the applicability of the SFAZ concept in the Romanian region by exploring an extensive range of design innovations

To demonstrate the transferability potential of the automation and green propulsion innovations from LL1 and LL2

Specific Objectives


Apply a Digital Twin-enabled multi-disciplinary optimization approach to ship design and life-cycle operation​ that interconnects the technical aspects of ship design with the ship’s environmental impact, economic viability, and social responsibility, specifically:

Produce a reference SFAZ design represented by a knowledge graph that links the models to optimize the navigation, hull, propulsion system, energy systems, controllers, and operational procedures for the Romanian urban and peri-urban transport of goods.

Simulate and provide a comparative analysis of LL1 and LL2 solutions for automation/autonomy and​contribute to standardisation of the Autonomy control architecture and interfaces, situational awareness of​remote supervisory control of vessels with increased levels of autonomy and guidelines for human-machine​hybrid decision-making and collaboration in navigation and operational tasks.​

An innovative autonomous ship based on electric support with H2 fuel cell technology for propulsion.​


Combine an SFAZ Digital Twin with the environmental research vessel REXDAN to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the maritime/inland/waterborne sector and to facilitate the transferability of FOREMAST outputs.


Demonstration environment: small waterway, lake, intra-urban, coastal, canal

Simulation testing environment:  intra-urban; (coastal)

Satellite-based data & services:: Copernicus and Galileo / EGNOS

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

To reduce 40 % logistics cost
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To reach 100 % reduced GHG emissions
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To ensure 10 % cargo share shifted to waterborne transport-simulation
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To produce 2 publications on SFAZ SHIP design principles and models

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