Innovation driven Collaborative European Inland Waterways Transport Network
The Living Lab will apply user-centered application scenarios in important TEN-T corridors, demonstrating and evaluating the impacts in simulations and tests covering technological, organisational, legal, economical, ecological, and safety/security issues:
1) Digitalisation: optimised planning of barge operations serving dense urban areas with predictive demand routing (Brussels-Antwerp-Courtrai-Lille-Valenciennes); data driven optimisation on navigability in uncertain water conditions (Danube).
2) Sustainable Infrastructure and Intelligent Traffic Management: lock forecasting to reduce uncertainty in voyage planning; lock planning; management of fairway sections where encounters are prohibited; berth planning with mandatory shore power supply and other services (hinterland of Bremerhaven via Weser/Mittelland Canal).
3) Innovative vessels: new barge designs that fit corridor conditions and target markets: barges with a high degree of automation for urban distribution (East Flanders-Ghent); new barge for push boats capable with low/high water levels optimising capacities (Danube from Austria to Romania); use of GALILEO services for advanced driver assistance like guidance, bridge height warning and automatic lock entering (Spree-Oder waterway close to Berlin).
Accompanying activities are stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and a delivery of the European IWT development roadmap with policy recommendations for increasing the IWT share.