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The importance of inland navigation for Europe

Inland waterway transport is part of an efficient and resource-saving transport system - this is also how the European Commission describes it in its White Paper on Transport. But how can we continue to modernize inland waterway transport, make it more efficient in the long term, and raise awareness among shippers and decision-makers? These were the questions addressed at the invitation of Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V. (MCN) together with the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences/Logistikum (FHOÖ), bremenports, the Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems e.V. (DST) and PIANC Germany, renowned experts and more than 80 participants from the fields of science, politics and business had a lively discussion at the event "The importance of inland navigation for Europe" on March 16.

Dr. Rainer Henking and Marvin Natz from EurA AG reported on the innovation network "Inland Navigation 4.0", which has set itself the goal of jointly implementing innovative technologies in the maritime environment. It was observed that interest in LNG is declining due to the lack of infrastructure and high safety standards. Electric propulsion systems are becoming increasingly important, as power can be provided in a variety of ways, for example by diesel generators, fuel cells or batteries. For users, the focus is on easy handling of the fuel and a manageable infrastructure, also on board. For the establishment of alternative propulsion systems, he said, a restructuring is necessary that also takes into account training of personnel, the CO2 balance of the entire process chain and the production of the fuels.


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