At the advisory board of 18 June 2015, PLATINA 2 gave an extensive overview about the work done so far and what is ongoing.
- Apart from its captive markets, such as bulk and maritime containers, it was examined whether inland navigation would be a competitive solution to transport continental containers. The investigation shows that 87 million tonnes can be transported more cost-efficiently by inland navigation. This would mean costs savings to the industry of € 899 million per year, equalling 10% of the total costs. The next step is to examine how this potential on paper can be actually realised.
- A study confirms that the inland navigation sector is very fragmented. Recommendations are formulated on how to foster cooperation creating the basis for high value logistics solutions and partnerships for innovative investments.
- Through desk research and stakeholder meetings, PLATINA 2 mapped an approach on how to speed up the deployment of research and innovation. Along with focus and commitment, it is important to create critical mass and develop a comprehensive approach which looks beyond technology and organisation at financing, legal environment and the human factor. Clustering and intermediate organisations clustering, information, knowledge, resources and actors together can play an important catalyst role.
- External costs estimations are important elements in cost benefit assessments, impact assessment studies, external costs calculators etc. but the problem is that depending on the parameters and assumptions, the outcome varies highly. The lack of reliable and detailed data on fuel consumption, empty trips and geographic detail are at the origin. A smart use of data can close the gap. Results will be discussed during an expert workshop soon.
- Managing Information about the European transport system is a fundamental pre-requisite for managing European transport networks. Therefore it is necessary to move from static data to analytical system for TENtec. Collaboration is key to better collect and share data, including RIS data to develop one, multipurpose system to monitor implementation of TEN-T and to support policy analysis.
- Platina2 has contributed to the corridor studies with an in-depth review on how inland waterway transport was analysed and the recommendations made.
- A waterway maintenance working group has been set up to elaborate by end of 2015 a best practice manual on waterway maintenance.
In addition, PLATINA 2 has worked on other tasks:
- Comparison of modal shift studies
- Identification of potential market segments for the Danube
- Innovative tools (Greening toolkit, Funding Database and RIS-Portal)
- Concept for an Electronic Service Record Book
- Support to RIS Expert Groups
- Support to the EC Inland Port Platform
In the near future, watch out for upcoming results on:
- Market transfer roadmap for continental containers and for the Danube
- Preparation of regional industry meetings
- Standards for ship-handling simulators
- Promotion of IWT in logistics education
- Objectives and means of the future RIS Policy