Findings of the Research Programme “Impulse Dynamic Waterway Traffic Management”

Findings of the Research Programme “Impulse Dynamic Waterway Traffic Management”


Remko Smit, Rijkswaterstaat Dienst Verkeer En Scheepvaart


From December 2011 to August 2013 a 5 M€ research program has been conducted for the improvement of Inland Navigation in The Netherlands. In this program new insights were developed on the following themes: Improving the cooperation between the links in the logistic chain, optimizing the use of the waterways, speeding up the greening of the fleet and improving the innovative efficiency of the inland navigation sector. The highlights of the research program will be presented.


With the realization of Maasvlakte II by the Port of Rotterdam transport volumes for Inland Navigation in The Netherlands, especially in the Container segment, are expected to grow considerably. Given the combination of the ambition to realize a modal split share of 45% for Inland Navigation for the transport of containers to the hinterland (current modal split is 38%) with the long term predicted growth, container volumes for Inland Navigation could double to quadruple in 2030. In order to prepare for this potential growth a 100 M€ program under the title ‘Impulse dynamic waterway traffic management’ has been started by the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat in 2010. As part of this program a 5 M€ research program is conducted over the period December 2010 – August 2013. This research program develops new knowledge to improve the position of the Inland Navigation sector in order to prepare the sector for the future challenges it faces to realize the modal split objective. In four areas new knowledge is developed. The research topics are:
1. improving the cooperation between the chains in the logistic chain; New business models are developed and tested in serious gaming sessions. This is done for several specific hinterland areas challenging the leading Logistic partners in these areas ranging from shippers to barge-operators. Next to these sessions, pilots exploring the potential profit of sharing logistic information between different actors in the logistic chain are conducted
2. Optimizing the use of the waterways: Recommendations for safer, more environmentally friendly and reliable use of the nautical infrastructure. Realization of a working prototype for an advanced trip planner where the ships are incorporated in the information chain using their depth measurements to make actual water depth charts.
3. Speeding up the pace in which the fleet is greening; Apart from CO2 Inland Navigation is rapidly losing the edge on all other pollutants it has compared to trucks. If the fleet is not greening much faster than it does now it will lose this advantage it has over the trucking sector.
4. Strengthening the innovative capacity of the sector.

The final product of the research program will be an implementation plan that describes the necessary steps to bring the developed knowledge to practice in the years 2014-2020. All research projects will be finished in august 2013.

The highlights of the research program will be presented in the paper with reference to other papers and articles that cover specific topics of the research program.


Association for European Transport