The RISING project, Increasing Efficiency of Co-modal Transport-Logistics Processes using Inland Waterway Transport, is a three-year initiative aimed at improving the integration of inland waterway transports into intermodal chains. The project is financed by FP 7 and has the overall objective of achieving a common RIS platform for all actors involved in IWT. The project is designed to identify, integrate, and further develop information services such as River Information Services (RIS) to efficiently support IWT and logistics operations.
The RISING consortium consists of 23 project partners from 11 countries, including transport operators, logistics service providers, port and terminal operators, port information service providers, research institutions, software developers, promotion agencies, and RIS providers. This combination of expertise, experience, and market presence will guarantee the successful implementation of RISING project activities and results.
River Information Services
The European Union has recognized the importance of River Information Services (RIS) for the improved economic development of the inland waterway sector. It has committed Member States to the implementation of Directive 2005/44/EC, which ensures the deployment of new RIS services for transport-logistics purposes. Within RISING, already existing RIS services are being further exploited, and new ones identified to guarantee a seamless 3-step IWT-based process.
The IWT sector has become an integral part of co-modal transport and logistics chains, and as such, it has to comply with requirements of supply chain management (SCM). To meet these requirements, effective transportation infrastructure and high-performance Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) must be developed. RISING exploits existing and identify new RIS services for almost every step of an IWT-based process, from planning to execution to completion.
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The project’s enhanced RIS services for transport-logistics players include RIS information for voyage planning, fleet management, event management, for both inland/sea ports and terminals management. The RIS information provides data on water level, water depth, maximum height/bridges, berth availability, lock occupation (actual and predictions/forecasts) used for routing, stowage planning, vessel positions, passing waypoints, missing administrative reports, predictions of problems in continuation of the voyage, and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) updates for transhipment operations, management of terminal resources, and of pre- and post-haulages.
The RISING project is a valuable initiative aimed at improving the integration of inland waterway transports into intermodal chains. The project’s efforts to identify, integrate, and further develop information services such as RIS undoubtedly improves the efficiency and safety of IWT and logistics operations.