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
Name Contact Name Email Country
CRITT T&L Claire Bouvier France
Logistics in Wallonia Bernard Piette Belgium
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Tom Van Woensel Netherlands
Stichting Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart Henk van Laar Netherlands
Institut du droit international des transports Ludovic Couturier France
Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart Khalid Tachi Netherlands
Port Autonome du Centre et de l'Ouest Catherine Maheux Belgium
Port de Bruxelles - Haven van Brussel Désirée Simonetti Belgium
Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) Bernd Noche Germany
Blue Line Logistics nv Antoon Van Coillie Belgium
Inlecom System Ltd Yash Chadha United Kingdom


Promising test by Knauf and Shipit

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Bulk construction materials are often transported by waterway, but this is less common for pallets. Shipit is the owner of MS Oorderdam, a large vessel (up to 1 700 tons payload), capable of loading pallets thanks to its on-board crane. In collaboration with his client Knauf, they successfully tested the identification tools deployed as part of the ST4W project, paving the way for end-to-end visibility on the logistics chain. So, on 9th March 2020, MS Oorderdam carried 1,200 pallets of “MP 75” plaster bags from the Knauf factory in Engis (near Liège in Belgium) to the Shipit warehouse located in the port of Brussels. By avoiding the journey of 50 trucks, this promising performance shows that the congestion of dense urban areas can be solved. Read More

Modal shift of construction material

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Last Wednesday 12th of February 2020, the Pallet Shuttle Barge ZULU carried 196 pallets of construction materials from ROOSENS BETON (Seneffe) to GOBERT MATERIAUX (Anderlecht), for a total weight of 300 tons, the equivalent of 10 trucks. This modal transfer not only saved 3 tons of CO2, but it also saved time during loading and unloading operations. Johnny Zschau (Roosens Beton) specifies: "the loading and unloading time was 100 tons per hour". A promising performance tackling bottleneck issues and rush hour queues at warehouse and store docks of involved partners. The identification tools deployed as part of the ST4W project have been successfully tested. This data exchange will enable a closer cooperation between waterway actors and their supply chain partners. Read More

ST4W at Logistics & Distribution Trade Fair in Dortmund - 12 to 13 Feb 2020

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Universität Duisburg-Essen (Uni DUE) will present ST4W Project on the LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION Trade Fair in Dortmund that is going to be held from 12 to 13 Feb 2020. We kindly invite you to visit the fair and our stand. About the Trade Fair: In the Logistics & Distribution trade fair in Dortmund numerous exhibitors, including established companies, scientists and experts present themselves and show the latest findings, intelligent solutions and product innovations in logistics and communication technologies. The entire value chain of the industry is shown here. The exhibition areas of the fair in Dortmund include intralogistics and material flow (storage solutions, conveyor technology, order picking and sorting systems, industrial trucks, ramps, gates and loading systems, IT infrastructure and software), distribution (storage and logistics services, parcel services, order tracking, tour management) and E-logistics (supply chain solutions, cloud logistics, communication and identification technology, big data, IoT, e-commerce software). The trade fair once again offers an excellent business platform for exhibitors and trade visitors. A carefully prepared supporting program offers visitors to Logistics & Distribution in Dortmund interesting facts from science and research. The latest topics in the industry are presented on a lecture stage and as part of guided tours. Location: Messe Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany Dates: 12 to 13 Feb 2020 Messe Languages: Speaker´s presentations are in German. Discussions at stands possible upon language-knowledge of members at each stand. Last Year Visitors: Around 3.000 Read More

A Zulu in Paris

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Blue Line Logistics Zulu 03 moored at the Champs-Élysées port in Paris on February 11, 2020, for a demonstration of the Pallet Shuttle Barge, dedicated to urban river logistics operations: pallets, big bags, small swap bodies… the Zulu 03 can ship all kinds of packaged goods. For more information, please read the article of February 18th on the website of NPI Magazine (in French): “un Zulu à Paris”. Read More

ZULU 04 at Riverdating

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ST4W team organized a demonstration of ZULU 04 during Riverdating in Liège. ZULU 04 is a vessel specially designed for the transport and handling of packaged goods like pallets or big bags. Visitors had the opportunity to watch the ZULU 04 in activity, and get on board. Read More

ST4W at Riverdating

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Smart Track 4 Waterway participates to Riverdating 2019, the 12th meeting of European actors in river transport and multimodal logistics. This event will take place on the 27th & 28th of November at the Palais des Congrès in Liège. ST4W will be presented during a conference about River Information Services, on Wednesday 27th at 10:00. In addition, some demonstrations of the Zulu 04 will be performed by our partner Blue Line Logistics, in the morning and during the lunch break on Wednesday 27 November: ZULU 04 is a boat specially designed for the transport and handling of packaged goods like pallets or big bags. We are looking forward to welcoming you on our stand AC 24! For more informations on the terms of acces of this event: Read More

ST4W at Digital Construction

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Smart Track 4 Waterway participated in “DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION” event, which took place in Brussels on 23 October 2019. ST4W project was presented during the conference “Chantiers Intelligents”. It was a good opportunity to foster modal shift from road to waterways for construction materials. Read More


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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