Space@Sea – Transport and logistics hub

Space@Sea aims to provide sustainable and affordable workspace at sea by developing a standardised and cost efficient modular floating island with low ecological impact. These floating islands could be located on the high seas, near economic marine activity, or closer to shore, as an extension of existing cities or port areas. To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands Space@Sea will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe.

In Space@Sea four applications will be studied: farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living. TU Delft leads the efforts and the workpackage on Transport and Logistics. This workpackage aims to unlock the potential of floating platforms for flexible, modular and enlargeable offshore ports. More specific we develop regular offshore port service‐transport chain integration and coordinated platform supply and service logistics at strategic and operational levels. “Our challenge is to the design the transhipment hub taking into account material equipment interactions, optimising the involved logistics and process coordination on and around the hub using tailored innovative algorithms.” This unique project touches the whole breadth of expertise within the TEL section.


Space@Sea is partly funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme under project number 774253. Partners working together in this MARIN coordinated project are DeltaSync, DST, Nemos, Delft University of Technology, Mocean Offshore, TU Hamburg Harburg, Bluewater, University of Rostock, Gicon-Grossmann, Wageningen University & Research, University Duisburg-Essen, TU Graz, Waterstudio, Icepronav, Val Fou and GeoSea.

TU Delft team

Dingena Schott (lead), Mark Duinkerken, Rudy Negenborn, Giannis Dafnomilis (PostDoc Logistic Optimisation), Dimitris Souravlias (PostDoc Coordination and process design), Vittorio Garofano and Jovana Jovanova.


Dr. ir. Dingena Schott: