Welcome to the webspace of #IWTS 2.0 - a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme 2014 - 2020.

Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) offers relatively slow, cheap, climate friendly hinterland transport alternatives for commodities transported in large quantities or bulk. The energy input per t/km is superior to rail, road transport. Many waterways in Europe remain widely un-/underused in the past decades.

  • Addressed challenges:
  • Low awareness about small waterway transport opportunities
  • Low innovation in small barge development, transshipment of goods
  • Lack of expertise in using small waterway opportunities
  • Lack of training content and dedicated crews for small waterway sailing.

  • Partners join forces; mobilise potentials and capacity to move freight to yet under-used waterways by:
  • Realising a quick modal shift by introducing new and proven logistic technologies and support logistic managers that decide about modal shifts.
  • Make better use of existing waterways by adapting them towards a sufficient standardsize vessels.
  • Make better use of existing waterways by developing innovative sustainable small barge concepts.
  • Modernizing IWT education, training with a focus on navigation on smaller waterways.
  • IWTS 2.0. facilitates use of IWT on smaller waterways (comprehensive network) in the NSR region linking them to main TEN-T corridors.

  • By piloting 8 small waterway modal shifts including; innovative barge-, waterway-, transshipment-, (un)loading-, freight flow mapping-, modal shift decision making solutions, we showcase proven concepts that will be adopted by the market.                                                                                                    


Latest Project News

Are you up to the Challenge?

22 January 2020

We invite groups of up to three students from all backgrounds to propose an answer to one of the following questions – and you´re up to the Challenge

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Tools: transhipment manual

22 January 2020

“One of the tasks of the POM Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flemish development agency) is to exchange information with private stakeholders in the province. …

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SAVE the DATE: Inland and coastal shipping - What's on?

30 August 2019

Welcome to a day with examples, initiatives and different stakeholders perspectives that hopefully will answer questions such as: How can inland an…

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Inland Waterway Transportation: "Innovation and Competence Delivered"

04 February 2019

2nd Conference of the Interreg-funded project #IWTS 2.0. By Bremen Ports and the Maritime Academy of Harlingen

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Leeds conference “ Freight by water ”

20 December 2018

#IWTS 2.0 had its first conference in Leeds, October 2018; “Freight by water”. The conference was organised together with the Freight Transport Associ…

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