CARTIF Projects


Research of intelligent and sustainable nay solutions for the automation of logistics and advanced intermodal processes from por to last mile.


The main objective of the project is to improve logistics processes for the complete handling of goods at a multimodal level (containers, bulk, pallets and last mile parcels) by incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and collaborative robotics in the automation of processes, optimisation platforms, new more sustainable vehicles, the incorporation of renewable energies and energy vectors such as hydrogen.



    • Guarantee the sustainability of logistic management and the intermodality of the port processes. Research new processes that allow minimise the energy consume and contribute to energy decarbonisation of a port through the hybridation of several renewable energy sources, the production of green H2 and the use of different storage technologies, reducing the CO2 emissions.
    • Optimise the cargo transfer operations in portand its logistic chain, introducing several digital technologies: artificial intelligence, digital twin, collaborative robotic and automation, at the loading and unloading operations, both in ships with bulk cargoes, such as container ships, and the subsequent handling of palletised loads and their preparation for last mile delivery.
    • Optimise in a holistic way, integrating all the transport modes of the navy logistic chain in a unique collaborative flow, operations of port terminal (load-unload, storage, multimodal planification, reception and ground delivery, and internal conexions) through artificial intelligence techniques. 
    • Reach functional prototypes and its validation in controlled environments of different national ports.


  • Monitoring of the bulk loading process.
  • Palletising and depalletising of containers through collaborative robotics.
  • Intelligent last mile vehicle charging.
  • Optimisation of transport flows in shipyards.
  • Sustainability of portuary processes. 

Expected Results

  • Prototype for monitoring draught marks on bulk carriers.
  • Intelligent module for pelletising and automatic depelletising through collaborative robotics. 
  • Santander shipyard digital twin.
  • Optimisation of energy consume at portuary processes.


CDTI Science and Innovation Missions

Total Budget: 3,825,175€

CARTIF Budget: 775,538€

Duration: 01/01/2023 – 31/03/2025


David Olmedo Vélez

Industrial and Digital Systems Division


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