Netherlands / EU IWT Network Resilience Mitigation DT App
The work in this LL3 will further develop and demonstrate a planning mitigation demonstrator app to boost modal shift (aka Blue Wave).
This platform will contribute to safe and efficient shipping, improve the logistic performance of inland navigation, and include strategies for increasing the capacity of resilient infrastructures during disruptive events.
The various parties in the logistics chain (skipper, terminal operator, forwarder, shipper) will have user-friendly, up-to-date insight into the status and progress of the transport.
The developed LL3 will address the specific situation on the East and South Corridor in The Netherlands. The Rhombus concept contains synchro modal solutions for the waterway system that connects Antwerp – Paris – Liege – Venlo – Nijmegen – Rotterdam. The following canals and rivers Albert canal, Scheldt –Seine – Meuse and Juliana canal and the river Waal comprise the Rhombus. These are the main arteries in the inland waterway system.
As such, this concept of the waterway system provides an agile concept as every point can still be reached in terms of calamities. Due to emission reduction targets, governments are pushing hard for modal shift in their policies for its prominent role in decreasing road congestion.
Although inland waterway transport’s full potential has yet to be utilised, reliability is a serious issue. Information about current water levels and forecasts, obstructions, and traffic on waterways and at locks/bridges are available but rarely used to increase reliability. For that it is crucial to have a seamless integration between the information and planning software and get proactive advice during the planning process.