HPC Hamburg Port Consulting has been commissioned by the German Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS) to conduct a study on information services for ports and terminals.
As the central federal authority of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, the GDWS is participating in the “Digitalisation of Inland Waterways” (DIWA) project, which is funded by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme and involves four other national inland waterway authorities from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Austria.
The project aims to develop a common, integrated strategy for the digitalisation of the inland waterways of the TEN-T corridors, making the transport mode more competitive and sustainable in the long term.
The focus of the survey will be on building an inventory of the data interfaces between inland navigation operators and European ports, as well as the IT system landscape, with the aim of determining the existing level of digital maturity and future potential.
Hartmut Beyer, authorised signatory at HPC, said: “The digital transformation of the inland waterways network will significantly increase the attractiveness of the mode for customers. At HPC, we are very pleased to be able to input into the strategic development of this important trans-European project with our combined port and IT know-how.”