Bas Buchner


Dr. Bas Buchner studied at Delft University of Technology and graduated in 1991. He joined MARIN and was responsible for many offshore model test and simulation projects related to mooring, platform response, offloading analysis and wave impact loading. He specialised in the topics of extreme waves, green water loading and wave impacts. He completed his PhD on the subject of ‘Green Water Loading on Ship Type Offshore Structures’ (2002). He was Manager of the MARIN Offshore Department from 2000 to 2010 and was the leader of many Joint Industry Projects (JIP’s) in the Offshore sector. He acted as Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has authored more than 50 papers in the field of hydrodynamics. Since 2011, he is President of MARIN. He is member of the Maritime Board in The Netherlands and was chairman of the future study ‘Blueprint 2050: The Maritime World Beyond the Horizon’, offering a view on the future of ships, shipping and port infrastructure.


Autonomous Shipping, Trucking & Drones
29th March 2021, 1:45PM – 2:45PM BST
Automated vehicles are widely used in many industries and ports have already begun factoring in autonomous ground vehicles into their operations. Here we explore the use case for autonomous aerial vehicles (drones) and autonomous ships in ports.

– Seas & Ports of the Future – North Sea becomes an inland, Mega Port
– How autonomous vehicles can be used successfully in Smart Ports
– The evolution of autonomous shipping and how they can affect the supply chain
– How can autonomous vehicles help overcome some of today’s smart port challenges
– Near shore and port approach navigational barriers for autonomous shipping