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Inland waterway transport is hardly covered in general logistics education and sufficient up-to-date learning materials are lacking. Inland waterways, road and rail provide important international connections within the north-south and west-east corridors. Sustainable mobility overall is a clear objective of Europe 2020, as well as the common European transport policy. The development of waterways as navigation corridors must go hand in hand with the creation of modern and efficient intermodal ports to link inland navigation with rail and road. A corridor approach is best suited to address logistic decision makers and improve their knowledge on inland waterway transport. 

Education focusing on transport logistics related to transport in the North –South, for example Seine-Schelde, and West – East corridors, for example Rhine, Main, Danube, should therefore supported by sufficient information of the inland navigation sector. The main aim is the improvement of education and training in the field of transport logistics in general and the awareness of stakeholders in the logistic chain of the possibilities of inland waterway transport as a partner in transport solutions from door to door in these corridors. 

Inland waterway transport is hardly covered in general logistics education and sufficient up-to-date learning materials are lacking. Consequently, future generations of decision makers, freight forwarders and logistics dispatchers lack information of inland navigation and will hardly opt for inland waterway transport if they do not have the proper knowledge on the possibilities of this transport mode.

PLATINA 2 raises the impact of inland waterway transport in logistics education and training by consolidating learning material from existing national and European research projects (e.g. INeS Danube, IneS RMS), by developing a “one-stop-shop” and by disseminating it through the education network EDINNA.

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