One of the results of the NOVIMAR project is the patent (pending) novel cargo handling system, the NOVIMAR cargo handling vehicle , developed by ScandiNAOS. The new system is currently in the detailed construction phase. The NOVIMAR cargo handling vehicle has the ability to pick up a container directly from the ground and put it down on an internal roro cargo deck or on a weather deck.
This eliminates the need for intermediate cargo carriers such as cassettes or roll trailer and by that it increases the utilization of the cargo space and the deadweight of the ship. The ability to block stow the contains on board the ship further increases the utilization of the cargo space and reduces the need for lashing. The functionality of the NOVIMAR cargo handling vehicle by Scandinaos reduces the traditional shortcomings of the roro concept by increasing the utilization of the cargo capacity of the ship and maintain the benefits of roro handling which is the high speed and low cost.
The ability of the NOVIMAR cargo handling vehicle to also unload and load trailer at the terminal gate, eliminates the need for special equipment for this function. The versatility of the vehicle reduces the investment cost for the terminal and increases the utilization of the vehicle.
By providing technology that can make the cargo transfer operation quicker and less expensive the threshold to move cargo from road to water is lowered. The technology will also enable the establishment of more distribution hubs further inland where transfer can be made from larger inland waterway vessels to smaller, in order to reach as far out in the distribution system as possible with waterborne transport.