Development Area
Development Area

Waterways, Locks
& Bridges

Many applications of smart shipping involve inland shipping operations, where interaction with river traffic management, passing locks and bridges are essential elements of the operation. How smart ships interact with the waterways, locks and bridges will require significant study and development.
2021 2030

Short sea (coastal) shipping is important to north-west Europe, and to the Netherlands in particular. Both regional transportation of goods in Europe and the redistribution of cargo from large ocean liners is performed by short sea ships. Many short sea ships are built at Dutch shipyards, and various large ship-owning companies own and operate large fleets of these vessels and operate them within European waters and beyond.

2021 2030

The Dutch ferries service sector is considered an important mode of passenger transport, mainly on inland waterways and at sea. Ferries are therefore an important link between the shore and the water for commuters, schoolchildren and recreational users. Most of these ferries are built at Dutch shipyards and are operated by public operators as well as private companies. The goal is to have an inland ferry fleet by 2030 for which autonomous sailing is no longer an unknown factor; a sector for which autonomous sailing is normalised and consequently safer and more efficient in its operations.

Functional requirements for infrastructure
Create support for public investments
Connectivity requirements
Digitalisation infrastructure
Unmanned mooring
2021 2030

Inland cargo shipping refers to the transport of goods on inland waterways in the Netherlands and across our borders. In 2030, inland shipping is to have reached a level of automation described as “Human-Assisted Autonomy” (stage 3 in IMO, level 4 in CCR). We expect 25% of the total Dutch fleet of inland ships to have reached this level of automation by 2030.

Determine functional requirements of infrastructure
Create support for public investments
Automated mooring
Connectivity
Talking objects
Automated mooring systems installation
2021 2030

Under construction

2021 2030

Under construction