Novel inland waterway transport concepts for moving freight effectively


Final event in Gorinchem

๐ŸŒŸ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ. ๐ŸŒŸ We had the pleasure of hosting an informative lunch where stakeholders enjoyed presentations of NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways’s groundbreaking innovations on topics such as new vessel designs for fluctuating water levels, smart navigation systems and the mobile modular terminal. These presentations included a series of videos about the making of the innovations, nicely shot by Erwin van der Linden over the past few years at various locations across Europe, and were[…]

Preparing for the final event

๐Ÿšข Walk the walk, talk the talk! Putting the MOVE from NOVIMOVE into action, the DST – Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems team is gearing up for the final stakeholder event tomorrow at the Maritime Industry Fair in Gorinchem. Expect our team to brief you on the latest ship designs for fluctuating water levels. Benjamin Friedhoff and Sophie-E. Martens will showcase three innovative solutions developed within the NOVIMOVE project. One highlight is the pipe-based added buoyancy, demonstrated by this ship model. NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways[…]

Upper-Rhine stakeholder session

Sophie-E. Martens of DST – Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems and prof. Edwin van Hassel of the University of Antwerp did an outstanding job today, presenting the significant NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways research findings to the Upper Rhine region during a hybrid session kindly hosted by the Schweizerische Rheinhรคfen – Port of Switzerland in Basel. They skillfully condensed 900 man-months of research into just about 2 hoursโ€” a remarkable feat indeed, and if anyone can handle such a challenge, itโ€™s them! The meeting specifically focused[…]

At the TRA in Dublin

Today, a part of the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways team is present at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) in Dublin. The TRA is widely appreciated as one of the largest and most important transport congresses in Europe. All modes of transport are represented. NOVIMOVE is competently representing the inland navigation sector and is located in the maritime pavilion, together with fellow innovation projects, in a setting professionally designed by the team from WaterborneTP. Compliments for that! Videos of the two recent NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways demonstrations,[…]

Final event 28th of May – invitation

๐Ÿšค ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: ๐Œ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐”๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐Œ๐Ž๐•๐„ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐…๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ! ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Date: May 28th ๐Ÿ“ Location: Gorinchem, with an integrated visit to the Maritime Industry Fair ๐Ÿ”— Registration: We invite you to join us at the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways Stakeholder Final Event, marking the culmination of four years of focused research funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. This event is a key opportunity for anyone interested in the latest advancements in Inland Waterway Transportation (IWT). Explore new insights on smart scheduling, innovative[…]

Basel stakeholder session invitation

๐Ÿš€ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—จ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ โ€“ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—œ๐—ป๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜! ๐Ÿšข ๐Ÿ“… Date: Friday, May 17th ๐Ÿ“ Location: Port of Switzerland, Basel (online participation possible) ๐Ÿ•™ Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM + lunch Are you passionate about sustainable transport and innovative solutions? Don’t miss the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways Innovation Showcase where we will unveil important advancements in inland waterway transport along the Upper Rhine. This event is crucial for professionals involved in transport, logistics, and environmental sustainability. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜: – Insightful presentations[…]

Demonstrating the Smart Scheduling System

๐Ÿ“ฝ The NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways project has shown significant progress in Antwerp during the recent demonstration session at SEAFAR recently. Enhancements in inland waterway navigation include more accurate ship positioning signals, which improve safety and give remote captains increased confidence. A demonstration highlighted the positive impact on water safety. The second part of the demonstration dealt with innovation in route planning, supported by data from the Flemish Waterway and CoVadem, optimizing travel routes and lock scheduling for efficiency and safety, avoiding unnecessary waiting times, and potentially reducing[…]

Demonstrating new vessel concepts

๐Ÿš€ Exciting Milestone Alert in Sustainable Waterway Transport! ๐Ÿš€ We recently celebrated a significant milestone in the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways project, a visionary initiative funded by the European Commission aimed at revolutionizing the inland waterway transport sector. This project underscores our commitment to fostering a resilient and sustainable transportation ecosystem in the face of climate change. ๐ŸŒ Climate change presents unprecedented challenges for the inland shipping industry, notably the extreme fluctuations in water levels. Our ability to navigate these changes is crucial for maintaining the vital role[…]

General Assembly in Antwerp

The NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways team convened today for our General Assembly in Antwerp, and we are pleased to share a brief update on our proceedings. As we approach the culminating stages of our project, our team engaged in thoughtful discussions aimed at formulating comprehensive market uptake plans. In the ensuing weeks and months, we are committed to fostering meaningful connections with stakeholders through a series of meticulously planned meetings. These sessions will include NOVIMOVE demonstrations and validation exercises, showcasing the advancements made within our project. Please stay[…]

8th Green Shipping Summit in Rotterdam

This week, Charis Christodoulou and Arwen Korteweg introduced NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways at the 8th Green Shipping Summit in Rotterdam. Centred around the theme โ€œDecarbonisation in Practice: Exploring New Ventures and Green Projects” they highlighted NOVIMOVE as a real-world initiatives that is making strides towards a carbon-neutral future. The session showcased pioneering ventures and groundbreaking green projects from around the globe, providing attendees with insights into practical challenges, innovative solutions, and lessons learned from on-the-ground efforts. For more information about the 8th Green Shipping initiative, please visit

Testing of the NOVIMOVE Serious Game

The NOVIMOVE Serious Game has recently been thoroughly tested. The purpose of this game is to implement potential innovations, as researched by the NOVIMOVE team, in a virtual reality environment and to assess their potential impact. These innovations include new vessel designs for low water conditions, a mobile modular terminal and intelligent systems for lock planning and route optimisation. Two versions are being developed: one for students, which will lower the threshold for learning about port and ๐Ÿšขogistics operations for those students who are not necessarily involved in these specific[…]

Containertrends 2023

A NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways delegation consisting of Edwin van Hassel, University of Antwerp, Cyril Alias from DST – Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems and Erwin van der Linden from Expertise- en InnovatieCentrum Binnenvaart had the honour of attending the Containertrends 2023 edition organised by Flows in Ekeren, Antwerp in October 2023. Prof. dr. ir. Edwin van Hassel took part in a panel discussion on the important topic of #congestion. Lack of time is the real challenge now, he said. We have to decide on[…]

Bengt Ramne explains the Mobile Terminal

Erwin van der Linden took the camera and brought a visit to Bengt Ramne, managing director of Scandinaos in Gothenburg. Bengt Ramne is the fouding father of the Mobile Modular Terminal concep, one of the key NOVIMOVE innovations. Enjoy watching the video to get a better understanding of origin and principles behind this original idea to counter congestion problems in sea ports.

Waterborne Days

A look back at two very successful #WaterborneDays in Brussels in September 2023, organised by WaterborneTP, Burson Cohn & Wolfe and the WATERBORNE TRANSPORT lasting INNOVATION-project. Many opportunities were offered to get the latest information on developing maritime policies and related funding schemes. Valuable first-hand insights from European policy makers were shared with the audience, which consisted partly of an active group of IWT delegates, including from the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways project. Interesting networking opportunities with industry partners and relevant associations were provided, with panel discussions clearly[…]

Video update #8: A visit to Systems Navigators

This NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways video news update features Eva Christopoulou and Ivo Majoor, both simulation consultants at Systems Navigator. This update shows the important work that these talented researchers are doing in the NOVIMOVE project: developing a simulation scenario in which the individual NOVIMOVE innovations are brought together with the aim of assessing the effects at a higher level of analysis. During this two-day summer workshop in Delft, Eva and Ivo met with academic researchers from Delft University of Technology and the University of Antwerp ๐ŸŒ, which[…]

Video update #7 – General Assembly meeting in Basel

๐ŸŒŸ Video Update! ๐ŸŒŸ In May, the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways team had the pleasure of gathering in #Basel for our 6th General Assembly. It was a crucial meeting where we came together to ensure that all our work packages are perfectly aligned, fostering a strong sense of unity and camaraderie within our team. We’re delighted to share a retrospective video capturing the highlights of this special occasion, including the valuable insights shared by Prof. Dr. Rudy Negenborn. It was truly an inspiring experience that showcased the remarkable[…]

Video update #6 – PhD title for Peter Shobayo

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations to Peter Shobayo, a talented researcher involved in the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways project and working for the University of Antwerp at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics, on successfully obtaining his PhD title recently! ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ’ผ PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy, representing the highest academic degree. Peter defended his research, which he dedicated four years to, before a constructive and critical panel of professors during a publicly accessible gathering in Antwerp. The committee included well-known faces from the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways[…]

Article featuring NOVIMOVE on fluctuating water levels

The water levels on the major rivers are becoming increasingly unpredictable. Climate change reduces the stability of the supply of meltwater from the mountains. In combination with long periods of drought and hotter summers, this will increasingly lead to extremely low water levels in the future. In March 2023, TU Delft’s Cornell Thill has been interviewed by the ‘Schuttevaer’ newspaper. You can read the article online by following this link.

NOVIMOVE at the Maritime Innovation Platform

On the 28th of March, NOVIMOVE is present during the Maritime Innovation Platform in the Energiehuis in Dordrecht. Our stand ws frequently visited by those who want to find out more about the newest ship concepts for fluctuating water levels. And since it was almost Eastern, the yellow NOVIMOVE Easter chocolate bars could be spotted from a fair distance.    

NOVIMOVE at IWT week in Brussels

Last week, professor Rudy Negenborn (TU Delft) presented the NOVIMOVE project state of play during the IWT Week. Scheduled to take part on the second day of this week dedicated to IWT, NOVIMOVE covered both two topics on the agenda: resilience (new fluctuating water level-proof ship designs) and automation (Dynamic Lock Scheduling System and Smart Navigation System). With another year to go with this R&D project, the project is about to consolidate some of the main findings soon. A serious game, containing NOVIMOVE innovations and calculating the effects of them,[…]

Serious game explained

A explanatory animation has been created to introduce the upcoming NOVIMOVE Serious Game. Due date for release of the game is autumn 2023. The game is currently being finalized under direction of the University of Antwerp team. Teasers are looking promising! You can already pre-register for the game on  

Pictures from the Smart Shipping Event 2022

The NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways team members Rudy Negenborn, Edwin van Hassel and Louis-Robert Cool together with Michel van Dijk had an interesting panel discussion during the Smart Shipping Event 2022 in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht. The important topic of the link between Smart Shipping and Smart Logistics was discussed in an active exchange of thoughts between experts and the audience. Getting to know each other’s points of view is important since this is a prerequisite condition for further uptake of logistical innovations, including the physical and digital innovations that the[…]

NOVIMOVE team at the TRA

Looking back at a very successful appearance of the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways team during the #TRA2022 in Lisbon! Thanks to Benjamin Friedhoff, Cyril Alias and Peter Shobayo for their fruitful dissemination efforts, sharing some important midterm milestones of the project with many logistical expert stakeholders who gathered from all around Europe in the beautiful Portuguese capital.  

Building crosslinks

On the 20th of October, NOVIMOVE CEO prof. dr. Rudy Negenborn was invited to address the PLATINA3 inland waterway professional policy community on the challenge of automation in inland navigation vessels at the PLATINA3 5th Stage Event. His presentation and the video recording can be obtained through this link.  

Visit to Verkeerspost Nijmegen

Members of the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways work package concerning the development of Smart River Navigation solutions visited โ€˜Verkeerspost Nijmegenโ€™. At this place, professionals from Rijkswaterstaat monitor and guide inland vessels on the important trajectory Millingen-Beuningen. Thanks to Henk Van Laar, MBA for sharing his vision on the state of affairs within the sector on this occasion. And a big thanks to Brian Vrijaldenhoven for his warm welcome and introduction to his team at RWS! Earlier that day, during the internal WP3 meeting, further integration of actual water[…]

Scientific publications repository on Zenodo

For the dissemination of academic publications within the NOVIMOVE context, a dedicated community on Zenodo has been created. Zenodo is a general-purpose, open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN. It allows researchers to deposit research papers, data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artefacts. Moreover, it integrates them into existing reporting lines to funding agencies like the European Commission and thus communicates with the EC Portal. The NOVIMOVE community on Zenodo enables our team to curate, export en upload relevant academic[…]

Midterm conference in Duisburg

On the 2nd of June the midterm conference took place in Duisburg. It was a special occassion since it was the first time project partners and external stakeholders were able to meet eachother in-persons after two years of remote, online collaboration. The agenda as well as all presentations, including a photo impression can be found at the dedicated midterm section of the project website.

NOVIMOVE at the Maritime Industry Fair

The NOVIMOVE project was present at the Maritime Industry Fair in Gorinchem. This fair is considered to be the largest IWT related fair in the Netherlands. After two years of COVID-restrictions, it has been a good opportunity to meet people in real life, raising their awareness on the variety of topics NOVIMOVE is dealing with. In November, the European TRA conference and fair in Portugal will be on the NOVIMOVE communication agenda. To be continued!

2nd of June 2022: Let’s meet in Duisburg!

On Thursday afternoon the 2nd of June, our team will be organizing the midterm conference at the Wyndham Hotel in Duisburg, starting with a 12.00h lunch. Here you can physically meet the project team members and discuss with us our achievements so far. A great occassion to engage with stakeholders! An update of the programme will be released in due time. You can expect us to brief you on exciting new vessel designs, mobile port terminal, cargo reconstructioning, smart naviagtion systems, dynamic lock planning and new transport models: innovative ideas[…]

Transport Modelling Stakeholder Workshop 25th of April 2022

The NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways project partners are looking forwards to discussing some recent research findings in the upcoming Transport Modelling Stakeholder Meeting on the 25th of April. To reach the target value of a 30% increase in waterborne freight transportation, six main ideas are being developed and tested. Next Monday, you can learn more about these ideas and provide them with your feedback. The meeting is of special interest to container operators, logistic service providers, and vessel operators. Registration is now open, please use the form below.

NOVIMOVE video update #2 – At the IAME conference in Rotterdam

Please enjoy our NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways second video update, shot at the recently held conference organised by the International Association of Martime Economists in Rotterdam. What does bringing science to industry look like in practice? Watch and see! Featuring Rudy Negenborn, Danitsja van Heusden – van Winden. Bilge Kรผรงรผk Atasoy, Frederik Schulte and Edwin van Hassel.

Moving through the water!

From paper to practice: Technical University of Delft’s Peter Poot is taking NOVIMOVE vessel concepts for adding buoyancy to inland vessels to the next level! Several concepts are currently researched with the aim to develop solutions for the inland waterway transportation sector to deal with reoccurring low water levels. Performing these simulating runs in the laboratory, the computer simulation software, developed at MARIN within this very same H2020 innovation project, can be adequately validated. ย  Results of the model scale test runs are to be expected soon. As we are[…]

๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ.

An increasing number of innovations and policies are being developed to make freight transport more efficient, sustainable and adapted to the needs of society. These developments might have a noticeable influence on future activities of the European container transport sector. Researchers at Technische Universiteit Delft, working within the context of the NOVIMOVE – smart & sustainable waterways project, would like to open a dialogue with firms active in hinterland container transport in order to represent the needs of the sector better in these developments. In particular, the team is very[…]

Call for papers

NOVIMOVEs professor Edwin van Hassel, University of Antwerp and assistant professor Bilge Atasoy, TU Delft will be guest editors of the upcoming EEE OJ-ITS Special Issue on Innovations to improve the efficiency of inland waterway transport. Papers can be send until 30th of June 2022. In order to achieve successful intermodal transport operations, all forms of transport need to be coordinated so that transport capacity is utilized more effectively and the decisions are adapted to changing network conditions more easily. Inland waterway transport (IWT) represents a critical alternative in the[…]

Going East

On the 7th of December the NOVIMOVE project was introduced by Erwin van der Linden at the 2nd Workshop on container liner services organised by the Dionysus project – integrating the Danube Region into Smart & Sustainable Multi-modal & Intermodal Transport Chains. The Dionysus project focuses on addressing main regional challenges in infrastructure governance and planning highlighting key actions needed to support Danube transport, port infrastructure planning. Project results will feed into the elaboration of transport corridor development policies by means of gap analysis reports and recommendations. The December workshop[…]

NOVIMOVE at IAME conference

NOVIMOVEs Danitsja van Heusden- van Winden conducted a series of interviews today at the IAME 2021 conference on Maritime Economics in Rotterdam. She will be collecting good stories on academic dissemination on the topic of Inland Waterways Transportation, more specifically on improving the performance on the Rhine-Alpine corridor, in front of the appropriate scenary of the iconic Erasmus bridge. Contribution to the conference are made by prof. dr. Rudy Negenborn, Bilge Kucuk Atasoy, prof. Edwin van Hassel and Frederik Schulte. For more information on the IAME conference please visit

Read the third NOVIMOVE news update

In this newsletter you will read more on the Smart Navigation System and the Dynamic Planning for the operation of bridges and locks, featuring Ali MOhamoud (TNO), Paul Rysiavets (CoVadem) and Rienk Bijlsma (System Navigator). Enjoy the read!

Rudy Negenborn appointed member of Advisory Board PLATINA3

Prof. dr. Rudy Negenborn, scientific project coordinator of H2020 funded IWT innovation project NOVIMOVE, is appointed member of the Advisory Board of PLATINA3, the European policy platform for Inland Waterway Transportation. The EU-funded PLATINA3 project will provide for targeted coordination and support activities to promote inland waterway transport (IWT) in Europe. Started from January 2021, the project will run for 30 months. In this period the project will make the bridge towards future research, innovation and implementation needs within IWT in Europe. The main objective of PLATINA3 is to provide[…]

Horizon Projects meeting 8th of March

On the 8th of March a Horizon project coordinators meeting took place. Based on crosslinks identified by the NOVIMOVE team, this initiative aimed to strengthen the ties with collegue project teams within the field of waterborne innovation. The following projects took part in the online meeting: PLATINA3, Lasting, IW-NET, AEGIS, BOOSTLOG and AUTOSHIP. As a follow-up to this meeting a database has been drafted, containing contact information, envisaged project outcomes, geographical scope and practical (dissemination) opportunitites for further cooperation. The Horizon Projects meeting will convene again later this year. Interested[…]

New staff added to the NOVIMOVE team

The NOVIMOVE consortium welcomes new research members recently added to the team. From Imed-ID Lab Miha Sajko will develop a short-term voyage plan predictor component and scheduling algorithms for optimizing schedules of locks and bridges. TU Delft’s Ph.D. student Adrien Nicolet will support the development of logistics models. Postdoc researcher Pablo Segovia Castillo will be involved in the work package dealing with high-level architecture design for smart river navigation systems. Additionally, the staff will be further supported by Yusong Pang (quality assurance manager), Sjoerd van Kesteren (IPR Manager), and Peter[…]

Read the second issue of NOVIMOVE NEWS

Below in the pdf file reader youโ€™ll find the second issue of NOVIMOVE NEWS that has been released recently, featuring professor Edwin van Hassel (University of Antwerp) and Menno Menist (Panteia) explaining the 30% project target and its baseline reference. Enjoy the read!

Watch the first NOVIMOVE video update

Meet some of the leaders of the NOVIMOVE-project in the first video update! Hear them explaining the goals of this HORIZON2020 EU funded innovation project, aiming to improve inland waterways logistics on the Rhine-Alpine corridor significantly. This video features project coordinator prof. dr. R.R. Negenborn as well as work package leaders Joanna Wieczerzynska-Van Baarle (TU Delft), Ali Mohamoud (TNO) and Edwin van Hassel (University of Antwerp).

Let’s get moving!

On Friday 19th of June the official kick-off of the project NOVIMOVE took place. More than 70 people from 21 partner organisations gathered online in a General Assembly to discuss first steps to be taken in this 4 years research project which is funded by the H2020 program of the European Union. NOVIMOVE stands for Novel Inland Waterways transport concepts for moving freight effectively. At this occasion work packages leaders took the online stage to set the challenge, describing ways in which their part of the NOVIMOVE-plan can make the[…]

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