The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy addresses the implementation and development of a Europe-wide network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports and railroad terminals. The ultimate objective is to close gaps, remove bottlenecks and technical barriers, as well as to strengthen social, economic and territorial cohesion in the EU. Inland waterway transport is a competitive alternative to road and rail transport. In particular, it offers an environment-friendly alternative in terms of both energy consumption and noise emissions. Hence, the European Commission aims to promote and strengthen the competitive position of inland waterways in the transport system, and to facilitate its integration into the intermodal logistics chain.
The following contributions should help to identify advances and knowledge assets as well as opportunities for collaboration and the uptake of common actions.
Container Barge design to optimize hinterland transport in europe
🖊 Borca Bianca (firstname.lastname@example.org) 📅 20.07.2022
Fluctuating water conditions have been hindering the economic viable transport of goods via inland waterways for a significant period of time now, particularly on the Danube. Additionally, there are currently hardly any container transports, regardless of the great potential in terms of costs and ecological aspects. In the HORIZON 2020 project "iw-net", we develop and evaluate new design options for barges for the economically viable transport of 45’ standard high-cube containers and thus contribute to an optimized hinterland transport in the Danube Region. Special attention was given to the potential performance of the new designs for navigation during low water periods on the Danube.
Towards the next generation of River Information Services (RIS)
🖊 Arne Gehlhaar (email@example.com) & Marija Jović (firstname.lastname@example.org) 📅 10.05.2022
Since their introduction with the passing of the RIS-Directive in 2005, numerous small and large incremental improvements and additions have turned River Information Services (RIS) into a powerful and valuable toolset. However, this evolutionary development has led to numerous shortcomings and thus impediments, which are likely to hinder the seamless integration of RIS into existing or emerging digital workflows and thus put uptake in the logistics sector at risk. Recently, several European projects have been addressing the question of what technological and functional requirements will exist in the future and what the next generation of RIS might look like. One of these is the Horizon 2020 project "IW-NET", which aims to develop and test innovative technologies for inland navigation.
🖊 Tim Schreiner (email@example.com) 📅 20.04.2021
The Danube represents one of the rivers with the highest transport volume with about 60 million tons in 2019. This article is a result of the IW-NET Danube Living Lab and summaries and visualizes the infrastructure along the Danube including bridges, locks and ports. UNECE waterway classification for the Danube ranges from Va to VII indicating which vessel type can be used at the Danube sections. Beside the waterway classes different kinds of infrastructure such as 18 locks and 75 ports at the 2,415 km long Danube ensure that the waterway consistently has a high quality for inland waterway transport.
Relocating the delivery of fully assembled vehicles from the road to the European inland Waterways
🖊 Tim Schreiner (firstname.lastname@example.org) 📅 10.11.2020
The Europe Automotive industry is producing assembled vehicles in high numbers which are mainly distributed by land freight. An interesting and promising alternative is to distribute this freight by inland waterways. The special inland RoRo vessels convince with a high transport capacity and the distribution process is less polluting, compared to transportation by truck and even by train. Considering the European inland waterways co2 emissions could be reduced by more than 60% during the distribution process.
Mode choice in the logistics sector - Which determinants influence the selection of freight transport modes?
🖊 Verena Stockhammer (email@example.com) 📅 06.10.2020
One of the major tasks in logistics is the choice of the transport mode for freight transport. This choice has substantial impacts on the economy, the environment, and society as a whole. But what are the determinants which influence freight mode choice? Costs and transport time? This article shows that mode choice is a complex decision process which is influenced by an abundance of determinants. The results stem from an extensive literature review conducted within the research project ModEL – mode choice in the logistics sector.