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SWP5.1 | Technical support for European IWT infrastructure development plan

Introduction
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In view of increased road congestion and constantly increasing transport volumes on road and rail networks, inland waterway transport can provide an attractive alternative. Despite available infrastructure capacities, several bottlenecks inhibit the full utilisation of the waterway network. From 2007-2013, approximately 610 million Euro which equals to 11,5 percent of the total TEN-T budget, are allocated to inland waterways (Priority Project 18 and 30). The ongoing revision of the TEN-T Guidelines requires input on funding needs and priority projects until 2025.

The European Parliament concluded in September 2006 that the Commission should draw up a European IWT infrastructure development plan in cooperation with Member States and any third countries involved. The plan should contain an up-to-date inventory of the actual condition of Europe's inland waterways and provide information on the need for their maintenance or possible improvement.

Objectives
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The goal of this Sub-Work Package is to contribute to the development of a European IWT infrastructure development plan for 2025, containing an up-to-date inventory of the bottlenecks and missing links of the European waterway network. On the basis of this document an evaluation of national projects can be achieved in close cooperation with the respective countries.

Description of work
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PLATINA develops the required basics for a European IWT infrastructure development plan closely linked to the ongoing activities on the revision of the TEN-T Guidelines. A multidisciplinary and international team from the PLATINA consortium performs the activities necessary for this task. In the first phase of the analysis, an up-to-date inventory of the current condition of inland waterways in Europe is created with reference to the UNECE's revised “Blue Book”, published in 2006. Other available data on specific infrastructural bottlenecks and missing links are collected and processed into user-friendly information sets (including overview maps).

The competence for eliminating infrastructural bottlenecks remains a national issue. The creation of an infrastructure development plan and the common vision towards the elimination of Europe’s main IWT bottlenecks resulting from such a plan require a political process to be initiated by the European Commission. PLATINA supports such a process by providing technical back-up and facilitating a bi- or multi-lateral dialogue on infrastructure development in Europe.

Achievements January-May 2011
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In April 2010, the final draft report “Inventory of available knowledge on strategic IWT projects”, including two annexes (including an extensive list of projects relating to the identified bottlenecks and missing links), was sent to the EC for approval.

The agreed methodology consisted of four steps:

  • Analysis of the status quo of the European IWT infrastructure
  • Collection of IWT data, i.e. traffic flows and inland ports
  • Prognoses on IWT freight flows in 2025
  • Prioritization of projects, e.g. a list of indicators to define possible priority problems

In April 2011 the report and its annexes were put on line at www.naiades.info/waterways. As an annex to the report, an up-to-date inventory of the current condition of inland waterways in Europe has been created with reference to the UNECE's revised “Blue Book”, published in 2006. National and European projects and plans aimed at solving these bottlenecks and missing links have also been identified. Other available data on specific infrastructural bottlenecks and missing links have been collected and processed into user-friendly information sets (including overview maps).

Sub-Work Package leader biography
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Roeland van Bockel (1957, Rotterdam) is a trained lawyer. He has over 25 years of experience in developing and executing public private partnerships, mostly employed by the Netherlands public service. Experiences: Defense, international trade, foreign direct investment, military offsets, urban development, transport and supply chain security).

 

 



3 questions to Roeland van Bockel

  • What do you like about your work?
    Borderless co-operation
  • If you could have a wish for inland navigation, what would it be?
    To be compatible, interconnected and powerfull in the supply chain
  • What does PLATINA do for you?
    Provide a platform to promote sustainable distribution