Project Objectives

RISING has the overall objective of identifying, integrating and further developing information services such as River Information Services (RIS) in order to efficiently support Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) and logistics operations.

IWT has become an integral part of co-modal transport and logistics chains. As such, the IWT sector has to comply with requirements of supply chain management (SCM). Effective transport infrastructure and high-performance Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) must be further developed which will play a key role in this process.

Therefore there is the need to exploit existing and identify new RIS services for almost every step of an IWT-based process:

planning ► execution ► completion

The following potential RIS services for transport-logistics players will be enhanced in the framework of RISING:

  • RIS information for voyage planning of IWT operators providing data on water level, water depth, maximum height/bridges, berth availability, lock occupation (actual and predictions/forecasts) used for routing, stowage planning, etc.
  • RIS information for the fleet management of inland navigation including unpropelled inland vessels, by identifying their current position and status of operation
  • RIS information facilitating event management, i.e. voyage monitoring for IWT operators, freight integrators, inland port operators, sea port operators providing status information, e.g. vessel positions, passing waypoints, missing administrative reports, predictions of problems in continuation of the voyage
  • RIS information for both inland/sea ports and terminals management by providing Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) updates for e. g. transhipment operations, management of terminal resources and of pre- and post-haulages

RISING is a project co-financed by the European Commission (DG MOVE) within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.