<< Back

How to embed inland navigation in transport chains

Time: 10:40-11:50 Tuesday 8 November

Venue: Galleriet

Reliable and environmentally friendly inland navigation should be enhanced in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The geographical and administrative conditions for inland navigation differ amongst the countries in the BSR. Innovative solutions and the right political framework are needed to make inland navigation an integral part of multi-modal transport chains.
The BSR needs innovative and pragmatic solutions to cope with future requirements on transport facilities. Rivers, canals and the Baltic Sea have huge capacity reserves, whereas road and rail infrastructure already is, in some parts of the BSR, overloaded. However, inland navigation gets much less attention compared with other modes, even though it is cost efficient and environmentally friendly.

In December 2014 Swedish legislation adopted the European framework for inland waterways and as such focuses on the development of this sector. The challenge is to set up economically feasible concepts for inland navigation, adjusted to specific navigational and administrative conditions, and reliable transport services by private operators in cooperation with administration.

During the seminar, high level representatives from Swedish and German private operators, together with national politicians and European representatives, will discuss how to transfer this challenge into growth and future-oriented transport opportunities.

What are the right European benchmarks to set up reliable and economic inland navigation transport chains? How can Swedish actors benefit from these? How can Sweden’s example be an impulse for the BSR? The results will be embedded into the discussion about fostering inland navigation in Europe and be an integral part of the Swedish inland waterway development as well as the project EMMA.

The project EMMA is the latest flagship project of the EUSBSR in the Policy Area Transport. EMMA focuses on measures where inland navigation is a realistic alternative with moderate infrastructure improvements in transport chains. It will show how the modal share of IWT can be increased in the Baltic Sea Region countries. Furthermore EMMA will provide a platform for a transnational exchange of experiences in this sector.
‘The appointment of EMMA as flagship project reflects the importance the European Commission attaches to the further development of inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region. Now it is time to deliver results and to inspire and to contribute to discussions on future European transport policy developments. With EMMA we will provide pilots, see new lines developed and a strong voice for the challenges and needs the inland navigation sector sees in its further development.’ Stefan Breitenbach, from Port of Hamburg Marketing, the Lead Partner of EMMA. 

Speakers and panellists:
Stefan Engdahl, Head of Planning, Trafikverket
Birgitta Schäfer, Division WS12, Waterway Infrastructure Engineering, RIS, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Johan Lantz, CEO, Avatar Logistics
Hans van der Werf, Former General Secretary Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine
Stefan Breitenbach, Head of Project Department, Port of Hamburg Marketing, Lead Partner of the EMMA Interreg Baltic Sea Region project
Gunnar Platz, CEO, PLANCO Consulting, EMMA project manager


Political seminar
Main organiser:
The lead organiser is the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project EMMA, aiming at enhancing inland navigation. EMMA consists of 21 partners from Sweden, Germany, Finland, Lithuania and Poland. The project is led by Port of Hamburg Marketing. The political seminar will be organised together with the Swedish EMMA partners Trafikverket, Sjöfartsverket, Viktoria Swedish ICT, Avatar Logistics and Sjöfartsforum.

Seminar contact person:
Stefan Breitenbach

Sub-objective of the EUSBSR:
EMMA is the new flagship project in the EUSBSR Policy Area Transport. The key aim of EMMA is to enhance inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region. The project addresses the sub-objective of the EUSBSR of fostering ‘good transport conditions’.