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Development of a Next generation European Inland Waterway Ship and logistics system

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€2 241 287
EU Contribution
€1 760 097
Project Acronym
NEWS
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport electrification (ELT)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Infrastructure (INF)
Transport mode
Waterborne icon
Transport policies
Digitalisation
Transport sectors
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

At the moment, waterways as a transport mode are not used to their full potential; hence cargo transported on the Danube is only 10-20% of that transported on the Rhine (cf. DG REGIO leaflet 'The EU Strategy for the Danube Region', December 2010). The NEWS project will be able to contribute to the Danube Region Strategy's (EUSDR) aim to increase cargo transport on the river by 20% by 2020 compared to the year 2010, by making container transport for inland waterways eco-friendly as well as transport-, volume- and energy-efficient.

Objectives

The proposed project Development of a Next generation European Inland Waterway Ship and Logistics System aims at:

  1. developing and validating a novel container ship (hull) which will include the following TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS:
  • re-design of a standard inland ship hull = increase of transport efficiency (+ 100%)
  • adaptable draught = crossing below even low bridges and react to altering water-levels = increase of days of navigability (+88% - 320 days instead of 170 days)
  • an adjustable diesel-/gas-/LNG-electric energy- and propulsion system = increase of resource efficiency (up to 30%), decrease of harmful exhaust emissions
  • tailoring a specially designed and integrated logistics system which will include the complying logistical innovations:
    • An adapted logistics and supply system for the respective demands of market in the catchment area
    • Enlargement of the European inland waterway system for container transport = adapting the novel container ship for use on UN-classes III and IV and making secondary waterways in Europe accessible
    • New river ports infrastructure concepts;
    • Re-evaluation of multimodal activities.

    In conclusion, the novel container ship will be able to meet operators targeted costs, optimize time-management (reliability), answer to inland shipping-specific bottlenecks (e.g. low bridges, shallow waters), improve carbon footprints and thus successfully compete with road and railway transport. A significant modal shift is aspired, especially to the Danube and its hinterland. One of the main results will be a finance and business plan to bring the novel ship AND the required logistical concepts to the market, designed to reach the 2011 EU White Paper and to strengthen the Danube region. The consortium herewith applies for European funding as both technical AND logistical innovations are designed to support cross-border European challenges for an optimized waterborne transport, which clearly points to the need for an European approach.

    Methodology

    The project consists of nine work packages (WP) encompassing two main fields of competence to make NEWS successful: Ship-Building and Mechanical Engineering” combined with 'Logistics Management'. The work packages follow the structure of the project, whilst each field of competence is covered by at least one WP. Additionally, there is one WP for Project Management and one for Dissemination. To a large degree, the work packages reflect the core competences of the involved partners. Overall, the work plan has been designed for exact monitoring of progress.

    Funding

    Parent Programmes
    Institution Type
    Public institution
    Institution Name
    The European Commission
    Type of funding
    Public (EU)

    Results

    Increasing the flow of Europe's inland waterways

    Central European inland waterways are underutilised due to factors such as an ageing fleet, low profits, high fuel costs and long delays. An EU initiative looks to boost traffic by designing innovative technical and logistical solutions.

    To meet the cross-border European challenges for optimised inland waterway container transport, cargo handling needs to be fully integrated into the EU transport and logistics chain.

    To help achieve this, the EU-funded 'Development of a next generation European inland waterway ship and logistics system' (http://www.news-fp7.eu/ (NEWS)) project aims to render container transport on inland waterways more cost and time efficient.

    By 2020, the project seeks to help to increase cargo flows along the Danube River by 20 % and transform ports on the Danube River Basin into logistics centres and efficient terminals. Its result, a new vessel type, will also minimise carbon dioxide emissions from container transport and make transport links across continental Europe more accessible, particularly bottlenecks along the major freight route Rhine/Meuse–Main–Danube.

    Project members defined the concept and validated the technical specifications of a novel inland waterway container ship. They designed ship hulls enable efficient container transport in shallow and low-level waters. They also developed an electric propulsion system that uses alternative energy sources and fuels. This will boost resource efficiency by up to a third and lower harmful exhaust emissions from ships.

    The Upper Danube between Germany and Hungary was identified as the most promising area to operate the system. The team then analysed the target area's logistical network and integrated the vessel into intermodal transport chains within the Danube Region. This will enable the assessment of current transport chains and the planning of potential new ones with the system.

    Team members are developing a logistics system that will be combined with the container ship technologies.

    By combing advanced technologies and logistics management approaches, NEWS should raise the competitiveness of the inland waterway shipping industry and drive traffic along its routes.

    Partners

    Lead Organisation
    Organisation
    Technische Universitaet Wien
    Address
    Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria
    EU Contribution
    €473 620
    Partner Organisations
    Organisation
    Richard Anzbock
    Address
    GUGITZGASSE 8 29, 1190 WIEN, Austria
    Organisation website
    EU Contribution
    €254 189
    Organisation
    Regional Development Agency Of The West Region Romania
    Address
    St Proclamatia De La Timisoara 5, 300554 Timisoara, Romania
    EU Contribution
    €53 800
    Organisation
    Univerzitet U Novom Sadu Fakultet Tehnickih Nauka
    Address
    Trg Dositeja Obradovica 6, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
    EU Contribution
    €133 400
    Organisation
    First-Ddsg Logistics Holding Gmbh
    Address
    Handelskai 348, 1020 Vienna, Austria
    EU Contribution
    €0
    Organisation
    Projektkompetenz.eu - Gesellschaft Fur Projektentwicklung Und -Management Mbh
    Address
    Franz Josef Strasse 19/7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
    Organisation website
    EU Contribution
    €0
    Organisation
    Kuehne + Nagel Euroshipping Gmbh
    Address
    Budapester Strasse 20, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
    EU Contribution
    €48 398
    Organisation
    Universitaet Duisburg-Essen
    Address
    Universitaetsstrasse 2, 45141 Essen, Germany
    EU Contribution
    €148 100
    Organisation
    Technische Universitat Dortmund
    Address
    August-Schmidt-Str, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
    Organisation website
    EU Contribution
    €158 360
    Organisation
    Projektkompetenz.eu - Gesellschaft Fur Projektentwicklung Und -Management Mbh
    Address
    Franz Josef Strasse 19/7, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
    Organisation website
    EU Contribution
    €103 658
    Organisation
    Intermodal Concepts & Management Ag
    Address
    Seestrasse 295, CH 8804 Au-Waedenswil, Switzerland
    EU Contribution
    €194 520
    Organisation
    Dirk-Paul Lindenau
    Address
    Knooper Landstrasse 6 K, 24161 Altenholz Kiel, Germany
    EU Contribution
    €192 052

    Technologies

    Technology Theme
    Alternative fuels
    Technology
    Multi-fuel ship propulsion
    Development phase
    Research/Invention
    Technology Theme
    Ship design and manufacturing
    Technology
    Hull design optimisation
    Development phase
    Research/Invention
    Technology Theme
    Freight transport technologies
    Technology
    Inland waterway logistics
    Development phase
    Research/Invention
    Technology Theme
    Freight transport technologies
    Technology
    New river ports infrastructure concepts
    Development phase
    Research/Invention

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