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.
The South-eastern Finland – Russia CBC 2014–2020 programme is the main contributor.
The total budget for the project is EUR 1,251,538.
Kotka Maritime Research Association KMRA (Lead Partner)
Aalto University AALTO
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK
Finnish Waterway Association FWA
Admiral Makarov State University for Maritime and Inland Shipping MAKAROV
North-West Russia Logistics and Information Development Centre ILOT
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