INFUTURE

Future potential of Inland Waterways

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Most international freight traffic happens on roads, such as the busy route between Finland and St. Petersburg. Road transport presents its own set of challenges, including pollution, accidents and road network congestion. Inland waterway traffic, however, could constitute a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option that also attracts the interest of transport companies.

Developing inland waterway traffic

The “Future potential of Inland Waterways” (INFUTURE) project takes a wide-ranging approach to finding solutions for sustainable and cost-effective inland waterway traffic.

We examine the legislation on freight traffic as well as Finnish and Russian customs policies, and identify the most efficient ways of handling cargo. In addition, we are creating an IT system that helps customers quickly find the most suitable service for their cargo transport needs.

Funding

The South-eastern Finland – Russia CBC 2014–2020 programme is the main contributor.
The total budget for the project is EUR 1,251,538.

Project partners

Kotka Maritime Research Association KMRA (Lead Partner)
Aalto University AALTO
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK
SeaHow
Finnish Waterway Association FWA
Admiral Makarov State University for Maritime and Inland Shipping MAKAROV
North-West Russia Logistics and Information Development Centre ILOT

(Images: Lappeenranta image bank)

New Research Project for Development of Inland Navigation

The INFUTURE (Future potential for inland waterways) project kicks off in October for a duration of three years. Aiming at developing improvements to inland waterway transport, the project is funded by the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme beginning next month.

“We will be analysing legislation relevant to cargo transport as well as customs practices in Russia and Finland. This will be accompanied by an IT system designed to help customers home in on the most suitable service for their cargo”, says Ville Henttu, Director of Research at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
The research team behind INFUTURE will be examining a wide range of solutions for the development of sustainable and cost-effective inland waterway transport. Project partners include South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Aalto University, the Finnish Waterway Association, Meritaito Seahow Oy, Admiral Makarov State University for Maritime and Inland Shipping and the North-West Russia Logistic and Information Development Center. Tarja Javainen will be responsible for project coordination at the Kotka Maritime Research Centre.

Tarja Javanainen

Implementation time

1.11.2018 - 31.10.2021