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

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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Freight by Water Conference 2018

13 September 2018

 "Shifting 20 million t/km freight from road to Inland Waterway Transport i…

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Working visit: The Beerboat, Utrecht

18 June 2018

Today started with a informative round trip through the historic channels of Utrecht where we were able to see the Ecoboat and "beerboat" in action. …

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