Concepts to Reduce Environmental impact and Attain optimal Transport performance by Inland NaviGation

Proposal acronym: CREATING
Type of instrument: Specific Targeted Research Project

List of participants:
  1. Foundation for Inland Navigation Projects (SPB), coordinator
  2. Netherlands' Rhine and Inland Shipowners' Association (CBRB)
  3. European Barge Union (EBU)
  4. Dutch Shippers' Council (EVO)
  5. Haeger & Schmidt International (H&Si)
  6. Vopak Barging Europe (VOPAK)
  7. European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)
  8. Dutch Public Works (RWS)
  9. Damen Shipyard Bergum (DAMEN)
  10. Shipyard Joh. van Duijvendijk (DUIJV)
  11. Netherlands Shipbuilding Industry Association (VNSI)
  12. European Association of Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers (EUROMOT)
  13. Holland Marine Consultants (HMC)
  14. Imtech Marine & Offshore (IMTEC)
  16. Bureau Veritas (BV)
  17. Lloyd's Register of Shipping (LRS)
  18. Internationale Vereniging Rijnschepenregister (IVR)
  19. University of Liege, Faculty of Applied Sciences (ULg)
  20. Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN)
  21. European Development Centre for Inland and Coastal Navigation (VBD)
  22. Delft University of Technology Dept. of Mech. Eng. and Maritime Technology (DUT)
  23. Budapest University of Technology and Economics Dept. of Transport Economy (BUTE)
  24. Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
  25. CTO Ship Design and Research Centre (CTO)
  26. Lettinga Associates Foundation of Wageningen University (LeAF)
  27. Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research TNO INRO (TNO)
Coordinator name:   Mr. Henk Blaauw
Coordinator organisation name:   Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart (SPB)
(Foundation for Inland Navigation Projects)
Coordinator email:   creating@dld.nl
Coordinator fax:   +31-317-350871

Full title:   Concepts to Reduce Environmental impact and Attain optimal Transport performance by Inland NaviGation
Acronym:   CREATING
Call information:   Priority 1.6.2 Sustainable Surface Transport
Call title:   Surface Transport 1B
Call identifier:   FP6-2002-Transport-1

This project aims at Objective 3 of the Sustainable Surface transport Priority: Rebalancing and integrating different transport modes. Relevant parts of the research also address to Objective 4: Increasing road, rail and waterborne safety and avoiding traffic congestion.

This project aims to reinforce the position of inland navigation, targeting RTD on integration and consistent validation of innovative intermodal vehicle/vessel concepts and systems, to attain optimal sustainable transport performance, with the objective to:

  1. Reduce the congestion problems in European transport and to cope with the predicted growth of transport;
  2. Strengthen the competitiveness of the 'Inland Navigation Link' in logistic transport chains, by integrating relevant research domains to create new intermodal logistic concepts and link up all players in the logistics chain;
  3. Optimise innovative, safe and sustainable Inland Navigation concepts, focussing on significant reduction of emissions and optimal efficiency and safety for vessel and environment.

CREATING will boost the overall performance of inland navigation transport by multidisciplinary RTD activities and by integrating previous project results in innovative vessel concepts focused on logistics, emission reduction, safety and efficiency:

New Intermodal Concepts for innovative transport concepts, aiming at niche markets.

RTD activities include innovative new vessel concepts with optimised logistic performance, with implementation of results from the supporting RTD on emissions, safety and efficiency.

The new vessel concepts will be assessed on their logistic, economic, environmental and safety performance, including comparison to other transport modes.

Emissions RTD concentrates on fuel economy by reduction of hull resistance, innovative propulsion systems and energy management, including future application of fuel cells in inland navigation. Other topics include reduction of wastewater, dust and gasses.

Safety RTD concentrates on safety analysis of external risk and causes of accidents, as well as on safety measures aboard, including both innovative constructions and navigational and operational aspects.

Efficiency RTD concentrates on efficiency, focussing on ICT supporting methodology for logistic efficiency and on innovative cargo handling during transhipment and transit (integrating transport with other logistic functions).

Integration and dissemination of results
The results and potential improvements will be disseminated widely, not only by the great number of national and international associations involved, but also by national authorities who expressed their interest in the CREATING approach.
Recommendations will be made with regard to regulations, in order to facilitate the introduction of important innovations in European inland navigation.

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