The Rhine-Alpine Corridor has an annual cargo throughput of 1 billion tonnes and provides an efficient network for road, rail and inland waterway transport. Recent low water periods, however, have deteriorated the trust in the inland waterway network resilience. This is detrimental to the international goal of shifting traffic to inland waterways to reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. Even a reverse modal shift is possible as a result.
This is one of the challenges being tackled in the H2020 project NOVIMOVE. While newbuilt ships with low draught and optimised propulsion are addressed in other projects, NOVIMOVE focusses on added buoyancy concepts to temporarily increase cargo capacity of existing and new ships. Two of these concepts, namely so-called pipe-based buoyancy and retractable side-boxes will be demonstrated with a remote-controlled scale model in DST’s large shallow water basin.
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Programme of the demonstration
10:30 to 11:00 Welcome and Coffee
11:00 to 11:30 Introduction of NOVIMOVE and the Innovative Vessel Concepts
11:30 to 12:30 Demonstration in the basin
12:30 to 13:00 Lunch snack
13:00 to 14:00 Next steps and open discussion
Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e. V.