Exploiting inland waterway transportation (IWT) is an essential ingredient to reach the European Commissions’ ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the upcoming decades. Over the next 36 months, the research project IW-NET will support the EC’s strategic efforts by enabling and providing innovation for the IWT landscape. As coordinator, ISL will lead the activities within the EU research action.
Creating the “Innovation-driven Collaborative European Inland Waterways Transport Network”
The consortium of 26 companies, research institutions and public organizations from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain has teamed up to develop and prove technological solutions and improvements for inland waterway transport. The vision for the upcoming years is to create an “Innovation-driven Collaborative European Inland Waterways Transport Network” (IW-NET). “In order to sustainably shift more transport to inland waterways, we need to change more than just one parameter”, coordinator Nils Meyer-Larsen from the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) in Bremen and Bremerhaven explains. “Therefore, we will follow a holistic approach which not only covers digitalization and multimodal integration in inland waterway transportation but provides solutions for improved infrastructure management as well as for the next generation of vessels.”
The heart of the project is the IW-NET Living Lab that will serve as a testbed for the technological approaches and solutions. Different application scenarios will comprise a diverse set of experiments along representative corridors in Germany, Belgium, France and Austria and will thereby create valuable insights on how to develop the future of European inland waterway transport. The German scenario will be represented by ISL, Alberding GmbH, bremenports GmbH & Co. KG and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).More information on the project can be found here.