RISING, the project co-financed by the European Commission DG TREN (Department General for Transport and Energy) within the 7th Framework Program for Research and Technological Development that lasted from February 2009 until January 2012. The aim of the project was to increase efficiency of co-modal transport-logistics processes using Inland Waterway Transport (IWT). The RISING project provided support to the expansion of River Information Services onto private operators in order to integrate inland navigation into intermodal transport networks.

Project Mission

The EU, which has recognized the importance of RIS for an improved economic development of the inland waterway sector, has obliged the Member States to the implementation of Directive 2005/44/EC which ensures the deployment of RIS as well as the development of new RIS for transport logistics purposes. Inland Waterway Transport has become an integral part of the intermodal (door to door) transport sector; as such the sector has to comply with requirements of supply chain management. Effective transport infrastructure and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) must be further developed which will play a key role in this process. Therefore, there was a need to exploit existing and identify RIS for almost every step of an IWT based process (planning > execution > completion), ranging from voyage planning, fleet management, transport monitoring and event management.

Rising in action

Within project RISING the potential examples for new RIS transport-logistics services are the following:

Operation Planning

RIS information for operation planning of IWT-based operations by providing data on water levels and depth, berth availability, lock occupation (actual and predictions/forecasts).

Fleet Management

RIS information for fleet management of Inland navigation equipment including barges by identifying their current position and status of operation (e.g. empty, loaded, in transit).

Event Management

RIS information for transport execution facilitating monitoring (Tracking and Tracing) of IWT based transport processes by enabling IWT operators to pass actual information on their transport schedules. This includes IWT-based process data (e.g. vessel positions, passing waypoints, and occurring deviations) as well as value added services, such as Event Management.

Port / Terminal Management

RIS for ports and terminals including the provision of Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) updates and reliability time windows. Those RIS services will support inland and sea ports on e.g. berth operations, resource management as well as harbor/ port dues collection.

Project Partners

: The consortium of project RISING consisted of 23 partners from 11 EU and Non-EU countries. These partners were:

  • Transport operators
  • Logistics service providers
  • Port and terminal operators
  • Port information service providers
  • Research institutions 
  • Software developers 
  • Promotion agencies
  • RIS providers

This combination of expertise, experience, and market presence guaranteed a successful implementation of RISING project activities and results.

For detailed information on Plovput’s participation in project RISING please contact our coordinator:
M.Sc Ivan Mitrović
Directorate for Inland Waterways Plovput
Tel: +381 11 3029 842
Fax: +381 11 3029 808
e-mail: imitrovic@plovput.rs

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