Novel inland waterway transport concepts for moving freight effectively

Novel inland waterway transport concepts for moving freight effectively

Solving inefficiencies on the IWT Rhine-Alpine corridor

Inland Waterborne Transport (IWT) advantages as low-energy and low CO2 emitting transport mode are not fully exploited today due to gaps in the logistics system. Inland container vessels pay 6-8 calls at seaport terminals with long waiting times. More time is lost by sub-optimal navigation on rivers and waiting at bridges and locks. In addition, low load factors of containers and vessels impact the logistics systems with unnecessary high numbers of containers being transported and trips being made.

NOVIMOVE strategy is to “condense” the logistics system by improving container load factors and by reducing waiting times in seaports, by improved river voyage planning and execution, and by facilitating smooth passages through bridges and locks.


The goal: +30% freight

NOVIMOVE technology developments will be demonstrated by virtual simulation, scaled model tests and full-scale demonstrations. NOVIMOVE innovations will impact the quantity of freight moved by IWT along the R-A corridor by 30% with respect to 2010 baseline data. The NOVIMOVE 21-members consortium combines logistics operators, ports, system-developers and research organisations from 4 EU member states and two associate countries.

Let’s connect!

We will be glad to keep in touch with our stakeholders.

You could be either a port logistics operator, a waterway authority or a researcher. Or any kind of professional with an interest in (maritime) logistics. Make yourself known and get in touch!

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Our key results

  1. cargo reconstruction
  2. mobile terminals
  3. smart river navigation
  4. scheduling system for better corridor management
  5. innovative vessels concepts adapting to low water condition
  6. close cooperation with logistic stakeholders, ports and waterway authorities

By achieving these results NOVIMOVE answers to the challenges as set out by topic MG-3.2-2018.

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