The new generation inland-waterway vessels will provide an integrated, energy-efficient, and flexible alternative to road transport.
Emissions from inland shipping will be very low through the use of low-carbon fuels, and hybrid propulsion. Dedicated shallow-water propulsors, and air lubrication will increase the efficiency of ships significantly.
All ships will be digitally connected to shore and each other to exchange information on local water depth, current profile,
operations of locks, and congestion. Based on this information, the operation of the vessel is optimised with respect to fuel consumption and interaction with the logistic chain. Parts of the river navigation will be autonomous.
Flexibility of the inland fleet will be achieved by modular concepts, and the further application of barge trains.
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