A European-wide survey by the PLATINA project (2008-2012) demonstrated that inland navigation has a good image amongst potential users of inland waterway transport, but that their knowledge regarding the advantages of inland navigation is rather limited.
A lack of knowledge and experience with inland waterways can be a barrier to its actual use.
Dedicated logistics decision support tools that answer the questions and requirements of freight forwarders and industrial shippers can help overcome this barrier. Such dedicated tools – that sufficiently and correctly take into account the characteristics of inland navigation – are however not available off the shelf in the current situation.
Description of work:
- Update and operation of inland waterway transport (report)
- Overview of logistic information portals & tools (business and functional concept):