PLATINA is a coordination and support action aimed at the promotion of inland waterway transport (IWT). The main objective of PLATINA is to support the Commission, Member States and third countries in the implementation of the NAIADES action programme. This will be achieved by providing technical, organisational and financial support for targeted policy actions and by building on strong relationships between existing expert groups, projects and initiatives.
The main objective of PLATINA was to support the European Commission, Member States and third countries in the implementation of the NAIADES action programme. PLATINA brings together all the relevant actors in the inland waterway sector in a multi-disciplinary knowledge network. Most members of the consortium already played an active role in transport policy in their countries, thus the contribution of the project to the promotion of inland waterway transport in Europe is maximised.
WP1 (Markets) set out to raise awareness on the possibilities offered by IWT, by identifying best practices, contributing to an improved administrative and regulatory framework, and by developing a European IWT information portal. WP2 (Fleet) supported European IWT innovation by assisting in technology assessment, providing incubation assistance to speed up market transfer of innovations, raising visibility of IWT on strategic research agendas, facilitating exchange of hull-related information. WP3 (Jobs & Skills) raised awareness on career opportunities in IWT, foster mutual recognition of qualifications, and support the implementation of harmonised education curricula. WP4 (Image) coordinated activities relevant to the promotion of IWT at the European level, expanded the existing network of promotion and development agencies and prepared a common communication strategy.
WP5 (Infrastructure) supported the creation of a European development plan for the improvement of IWT infrastructures, supported the implementation of River Information Services, as well as the inter-disciplinary dialogue on environmentally sustainable waterway development.
The PLATINA consortium has ensured the active participation and support of key industrial actors, associations, knowledge institutes and Member States administrations in order to be effective. PLATINA will lead to improved coordination between national and European inland navigation policies and the increased integration of IWT into multimodal transport chains.
These NAIADES objectives have been achieved by:
- Providing technical, organisational and financial support for targeted policy actions: Together with the European Commission, PLATINA identified the necessary policy actions, brought together the required stakeholders (working groups, expert meetings) and developed the necessary knowledge and tools. Key experts and stakeholders elaborated technical proposals for policy actions in the five NAIADES action areas.
- Building on strong interrelations with existing expert groups, projects and initiatives: The European added value of PLATINA is the creation of synergies at the European level through networking and knowledge exchange. Through the multi-disciplinary composition of its working programme and consortium, PLATINA is a flexible platform that can react to emerging policy needs in the field of inland waterway transport.
Identification of barriers
The final monitoring report presents the results of the PLATINA efforts to monitor and analyse administrative and regulatory barriers in Inland Waterway Transport (IWT). It provides a basis for future efforts to reduce and eliminate administrative barriers for inland waterway transport in Europe. A list of 'real' barriers was developed. This means those barriers that are still actual, known and justified by stakeholders and are seen as administrative and regulatory barriers.
Good Practices Database and Good Practices Report
The PLATINA project developed the European Good Practices Database for Inland Waterway Transport. For the first time, good practices and benchmarks in inland waterway transport are shared via a single website, thereby facilitating know-how transfer and networking across Europe. The Good Practices Database is aimed at inland navigation operators and users as well as at inland navigation experts and political stakeholders. It is an easy-to-use online tool providing a comprehensive overview on innovative ideas and successful projects in European inland navigation. In addition, a final PLATINA Good Practices Report was published. PLATINA updated the information on good practices included in the first and second version of the PLATINA Good Practices Report and added various new good practices to the existing set.
Strategic Research Agenda
Platina developed a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA). The preparation of the SRA included desk studies, expert reflections within the PLATINA team as well as with external fleet experts representing operators, shipbuilding and supplying industry, representatives from authorities and regulation bodies etc. from various European countries and river basins.
European Hull Database
PLATINA implemented and pilot tested a European Hull Database. The European hull database has to serve two main purposes. Providing information on vessels with a Unique European Vessel identification Number (ENI) and their certificates and providing a possibility to check, whether a vessel has already an ENI.
Life Long Learning Initiative
Another major outcome of PLATINA is the finalisation of the life long learning initiative. The website of EDINNA, the European educational network has been relaunched. EDINNA now provides a solid working tool for European inland navigation education and training institutes. EDINNA represents 25 IWT education and training institutes from 14
- An efficient and integrated mobility system: A Single European Transport Area
- Innovating for the future (technology and behaviour): A European Transport Research and Innovation Policy
- The external dimension