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 deal with TENT-T projects related to inland shipping and should help to identify advances and knowledge assets as well as opportunities for collaboration and the uptake of common actions.
Relocating the delivery of fully assembled vehicles from the road to the European inland Waterways
🖊 Tim Schreiner (email@example.com) 📅 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 📅 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.