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Despite the fact that the larger part of the European inland waterway network has free capacities, several bottlenecks still hinder its full utilisation and consequently reduce the competitiveness of inland waterway transport. These bottlenecks are either limited fairway depths, low bridge clearances or limited lock dimensions. Strategic guidance for financing and a prioritisation of improvements and maintenance works are lacking at the European level, while the issue of reconciling different but interacting policy objectives (e.g. transport, energy, housing, environment and sustainable mobility) needs to be properly addressed.

River Information Services (RIS) depend on harmonised implementation in order to support traffic and transport management in inland navigation at the best possible rate. Directive 2005/44/EC on harmonised River Information Services establishes a basis for the implementation of RIS on inland waterways in the Community. To ensure harmonised and interoperable RIS, the Directive defines binding rules for data communication and RIS equipment as well as the minimum level of services for ongoing RIS implementations. RIS will lead to an increased competitiveness and improved safety of inland navigation and need to be implemented and further developed in a coordinated way within the trans-European waterway networks.

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Work Package leader biography

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