IV. Innovations to improve the efficiency of inland waterway transport 

Inland waterway transport (IWT) is a critical element of hinterland transport for the sustainability of transport networks. If part of the freight load is transferred to waterways, congestion and other externalities can be targeted easier. In order to better make use of waterways, the attractiveness of inland waterways among other modes needs to be improved. Therefore, different (international) research projects are working on innovations related to new logistical concepts, intelligent transport systems, technological developments, coordination and collaboration mechanisms. In this special session, those innovations will be addressed such as autonomous IWT vessel developments, new vessel types, innovative navigation techniques, data-driven techniques, collaborative platforms, information sharing platforms for coordination of transport operations, optimization and control models for coordination of transport operations within inland waterways (e.g., coordination of locks and bridges) as well as across different modes, intermodal / synchromodal transport models where inland waterways are part of the network, innovations to overcome congestion at deep-sea terminals and innovative logistical concepts (e.g. mobile terminals, cargo consolidation).


Dr. Bilge Atasoy 

TU Delft


Dr. Edwin van Hassel
University of Antwerp