Smart Track 4 Waterway


Project Summary

ST4W proposes a management solution for shipment by inland waterway transport, providing to small stakeholders a simpler and cheaper access to secure data, and enabling them to share a hierarchical track & trace service of shipment at logistics unit level : what pallet in what vessel ?

ST4W solution will provide an end to end seamless visibility to supply chain stakeholders :

  • Automatic update of logistics unit status (pallet, container …)
  • Real-time update of ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of each logistics unit, throughout the multimodal supply chain
  • Automatic alert in the case of delay or loading the wrong logistics unit
  • Electronic proof of delivery at each step:

This cloud-oriented platform is based on GS1 standards, where everyone is master of his own data and shares it only with chosen partners

A sustainable and closer cooperation between waterway actors and their supply chain partners will enable more clients to make use of waterway transportation (from mental shift to modal shift), and consequently to reduce CO2 emissions of their logistics operations.

 

Main advantages of Inland Waterway Transportation (IWT):

IWT predominantly used by large companies for bulk & big volumes:

  • Used to a small extend by SMEs
  • Used to a very small extend for palletized freight

 

Palletized freight is generally carried in small volumes directly from point A to point B

 

Modal shift from road to waterway needs:

  • additional transhipment operations
  • bundling of several small volumes
  • more complex logistics engineering
  • more administrative burden

ST4W proposes an unified data exchange platform …

  •  fed with hierarchical tracking data at logistics unit level (pallet, container)
  • proposing transversal services:
    • real time update of cargo Estimated Time of Arrival
    • electronic proof of delivery

... tackling modal shift brakes

  •  seamless synchronisation between logistics and IWT actors
  •  end-to-end follow-up of shipment:
    • in multimodal environment
    • with reduced administrative burden

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Multitel 2 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie
Mons
7000
Belgium
deketelaere@multitel.be www.multitel.be
Name Contact Name Email Country
Circoe Claire Bouvier c.bouvier@circoe.com France
Logistics in Wallonia Bernard Piette bpi@logisticsinwallonia.be Belgium
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Tom Van Woensel t.v.woensel@tue.nl Netherlands
Stichting Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart Henk van Laar henkvanlaar@binnenvaart.org Netherlands
Institut du droit international des transports Ludovic Couturier lcouturier@idit.asso.fr France
Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart Khalid Tachi k.tachi@eicb.nl Netherlands
Port Autonome du Centre et de l'Ouest Christophe Vanmuysen christophe.vanmuysen@spw.wallonie.be Belgium
Port de Bruxelles - Haven van Brussel Désirée Simonetti dsimonetti@port.brussels Belgium
Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) Bernd Noche bernd.noche@uni-due.de Germany
Blue Line Logistics nv Ferenc Szilagyi ferenc.szilagyi@bluelinelogistics.eu Belgium
Inlecom System Ltd Yash Chadha yash@inlecom.com United Kingdom
Sogestran Gilles Peyrot gilles.peyrot@sogestran.com France
EVOL LILLE Bertrand LEROY bertrand.leroy@urby.fr France
IT-Optics Lorenzo Bassani lbassani@it-optics.com Belgium
SHIPIT MULTIMODAL LOGISTICS Jan D’Haeyer jan.dhaeyer@shipit.be Belgium
Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services Ivo Cré icre@polisnetwork.eu Belgium
Paris Terminal Alain O’JEANSON alain.ojeanson@paris-terminal.com France
Urban Waterway Logistics Peter Geirnaert Peter.geirnaert@hotmail.com Belgium
Stichting Dunamare Onderwijsgroep J.J. Boll j.boll@maritiemeacademie.nl Netherlands
Bockaert en Thienpont Pieter Bockaert Pieter.bockaert@botha.be Belgium
Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Région Hauts-de-France Ksenija Banovac kbanovac@portsdelille.com France
Haropa Christophe Du Chatelier christophe.duchatelier@PARIS-PORTS.FR France

News


Webinar about the electrification of inland waterways (“Vert le fluvial” #3)

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We participated in the webinar organized on June 28th, 2021 by VNF together with the Union française de l'électricité. This webinar addressed the short and medium term objectives, challenges and opportunities concerning the electrification of both the quays and the propulsion for small barges. The need of charging infrastructures interoperable across the quays at a national and EU level has been discussed. At an urban level, it has been stressed that the quays should be adapted for city logistics i.e. with parking lots equipped with electric infrastructures for last-mile vehicles and transshipment equipment. Read More

European Barge Union Event: IWT key to the Green Deal and to the Sustainable & Smart Mobility Strategy

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On June 21st, ST4W attended the event organized in Brussels by the EBU. Keynote speakers and panelists discussed how inland waterway transport is key to deliver the European Green Deal and contribute to the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. The NAIADES III action plan was introduced ahead of its official release. The combination of both the physical and digital connections of IWT with the urban logistics ecosystem, which is the primary focus of a dedicated work package of ST4W, has been cited as an enabler to increase the modal share of IWT. Other important aspects discussed are the needs of harmonisation and standardisation, decarbonised propulsion, funding specific to SMEs, sufficient water levels and improvement of existing infrastructures, several of which are also addressed by ST4W. Read More

8th International Physical Internet Conference

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On 15 & 16th June, IDIT will be at the 8th International Physical Internet Conference. Topics include Logistics Nodes, Logistics Networks, System of Logistic Networks, Access and Adoption and Governance, making this meeting a unique opportunity to learn, network and discuss the latest results and challenges about interconnected logistics. IDIT will present the regulatory impacts on data collection/storage/sharing on tracking IWT multimodal freight transport for the ST4W INTERREG project. Read More

Webinar organised by Shippeo

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On June 10th, 2021, ST4W participated in the webinar organised by Shippeo that highlighted the importance to provide the supply chain with an end-to-end visibility platform interoperable with the IT solutions available at the shippers, carriers and receivers. At ST4W, we link tracking data from fragmented sources and make use of the GS1 standards to share standardised and secured information between relevant actors. Read More

"Via Palletto" project

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Together with several partners, including Shipit and Blue Line Logistics, waterway operator De Vlaamse Waterweg is setting up a pilot project to stimulate pallet transport by inland waterway. "Via Palletto" project proposes to test a multi-stop river shuttle, with fixed routes, for pallets of building materials. ST4W team is glad to collaborate with this initiative, for good coordination and efficiency. Read More

Final conference IWTS2.0 “Modal shift is a mindshift”

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On April 22nd, ST4W attended the final conference of the Interreg North Sea Region project IWTS2.0 where speakers have presented how the electric barge GreenWave can ensure accessibility of IWT to the city of Ghent and improve the quality of life. The results of the project include also training courses for young professionals and students to teach efficient and safe navigation on small waterways, using both theory and practice on a simulator. Read More


Events


Multimodal Urban Day - Bruxelles, Belgium, Thursday 28th October 2021

, Brussels Construction Consolidation Center/Shipit Multimodal Logistics, Avenue du Port 67, 1000 Brussels

Our program for the afternoon (under development) includes: - Discussion of the operational links with integrated services with POLIS - Presentation of an innovative urban delivery solution 'from barge to bike' with Urbike - Site visit and presentation of the Brussels Construction Consolidation Centre For further details please contact dsimonetti@port.brussels
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Mid-term event

, Hôtel Sofitel L'Échiquier Opéra Paris

On 13 June 2019, the mid-term event of SmartTrack4Waterway took place in Paris. The topic of the day was: modal shift to waterway fostered by hierarchical tracking. This event brought together 43 people. We were happy to talk with you about the challenge of modal shift to waterway. In particular, we presented the first demonstration of the hierarchical tracking solution developed by the project. A special thank you to all the speakers: Lorenzo Bassani, Nicolas Bour, Claire Dantec, Yves de Blic, Kevin Janin, Perrine Lavelle, Didier Léandri, Vincent Morel, Nicolas Pauvre, Franck Rousseau and Jérôme Wernert.
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