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

Final Newsletter

13 September 2021

Dear IWTS 2.0. followers,

Now, that our beloved project #IWTS 2.0 is rush­ing towards its final stage and will soon be over and done, it’s time to…

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SWOT Analysis of Selected #IWTS 2.0 Partner Regions:

01 July 2021

Download the SWOT Analysis of Selected
#IWTS 2.0 Partner Regions:

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Full video livestream #IWTS2.0 ''Modal shift is a mindshift''

26 April 2021

Dear IWTS experts, if you missed our final conference, or you want to look at it again, please find the link to the conference here.


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Save the date “Final Conference” #IWTS2.0

17 March 2021

''Modalshift is a Mindshift''

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IWTS Video - Simulator for modal shifts

19 February 2021

Our second video about the simulator for modal shifts is out now! Robert Huigen( Provincie Fryslan ), Jörn Boll( Maritime Academy Harlingen ) and…

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