The Inland Waterway Transport Project EMMA Approved for Extension

The project partners were pleased to receive the approval for the EMMA Extension application by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. Same as in the EMMA project, the ISL is again involved in the extension.

EMMA Extension builds on the EMMA projects’ analyses, results and recommendations. Enhancing inland waterway transport (IWT) still is focused on and reflected in all activities of the extension project. EMMA Extension is the logical next step in further developing IWT services in Sweden, Poland and Lithuania. In addition, the support for the uptake of newly developed river information services (RIS) in Germany will continue, with the ISL playing a key role. Thus, the project will increase the quality and sustainability of results. In addition to ISL, six other partners are engaged in the project, which is led by Port of Hamburg Marketing Reg. Assoc. (HHM).

The Inland Waterway Transport Project EMMA Approved for Extension © Hafen Hamburg Marketing

“The strong interest to further implement IWT solutions was expressed by the entire original EMMA partnership. Unfortunately, the extension call just allowed a limited number of partners, so that we had to choose from all the very good suggestions received. Anyhow, all EMMA partners are still involved in a variety of ways to save the network created and to plan and apply for future tangible projects”, said Stefan Breitenbach, Head of the Project Division at Port of Hamburg Marketing.

Further information on the EMMA Extension project will be available soon at

One million Euro is being made available for the partnership to implement IWT services and RIS solutions. The project will start on 1st August (18 months lifetime) and the kick-off meeting in Stockholm is under preparation.