Improving the position of IWT in the EU

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Creating: design of dedicated inland ships for transport via water. The four cases were composed with aid of partners from shipping companies and industry. Major elements were decreased resistance, improved manoeuvring properties and engine performance. Safety played an important role focusing on the effect of AIS.

Pushing units: throughout the last decade many projects for TKVeerhaven were carried out ranging from assistance in case of collisions to discussions with the authorities on available navigable width.

Barge Truck: The Netherlands has a rather extensive network of canals. Although they connect industrial centers and cities the use is only marginal because transport has completely taken over by trucks. The Barge Truck aimed at intensifying the use of the smaller canals by the introduction of small scale pushing units.


Ecomomy Planner: The transport capacity of inland ships on rivers can be improved on basis of better understanding of the actual water depths and those of the near future: the ships need to pass the most critical part of the river in terms of water depth when they arrive there. This can be realized by combining information from hydrology, knowledge of the river and exchange of information.

tRHEINco: The transport of continental cargo (which is a large volume) is carried out almost completely by trucks. There are possibilities for IWT and tRHEINco aimed at demonstrating that transport of this cargo by ship is feasible. The project ended with a pilot transporting deep frozen potato products from the Netherlands to Germany.

Container transport from Rotterdam to and from the North of the Netherlands: The transport of containers is organized by MCS and carried out by 7 110 m ships. The aim of the project was to see whether optimizations could be achieved by organizing the transport in a different way. This prove to be possible on basis of using coupled units.