> Platina 2 on course!

20 May 2014

The Platina 1 project ran from 2008 until 2012 to support the Naiades 1 action programme. The current successor project Platina 2 is a research and coordination action financed from the EU's 7th framework programme to support the implementation of the Naiades 2 strategy and runs from 2013 until 2016.

The first Platina project resulted, among others, in the European web portal on inland navigation, keeping you informed about all policy actions and interesting events as well as offering an online database providing all national and EU funding mechanisms.

Furthermore, it developed the European hull database to allow correct vessel identification across Europe, a Good Practice Manual on how to reconcile waterway and environmental interests and a European IWT research and innovation agenda.

Last but not least, two highly successful spin offs were established: the EDINNA platform, bringing together all European inland navigation schools to work on a common curriculum, and the Barge-to-Business event, gathering shippers and logistics service providers to make better use of inland waterway transport.

Platina 2 will continue on this road and support waterway projects to be developed according to the priorities of the EU transport infrastructure investment plans. Furthermore, a handbook on waterway infrastructure maintenance will be created and the RIS user portal will become more user-friendly with improved and new services. In order to optimise the learning experience, new training material will be developed and the simulators’ interfaces will come as close to reality as possible, replacing sailing time. Additionally, an electronic service record book will be designed.

Finally, the innovation priorities for 2014-2020 will be fine-tuned with experts and Platina 2 will perform a critical review of the variety of parameters for external cost calculation of inland waterway transport to ensure correct parameters are used in the future.

Though the website and newsletters you will be continuously informed on how implementation unfolds, and you will have the possibility to be directly involved in the implementation of the EU Naiades 2 Action Programme by participating in the Naiades dialogue meetings, to allow you to be part of the process and have your say!