The development of digitalisation is a key challenge for inland waterway transport (IWT). As stated in the Mannheim Declaration adopted by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR), it contributes to the “competitiveness, safety and the sustainability of inland navigation”. Furthermore, the European Commission (EC) has identified “a paradigm shift towards further digitalisation” as one of the core objectives of its inland waterway action plan, NAIADES III.
One of the overarching topics is the introduction of electronic documents, notably for the Rhine but also for other rivers in Europe. This subject is key for the European Committee for drawing up standards in the field of inland navigation (CESNI) and its working groups, dealing with information technologies (TI), technical requirements (PT) and professional qualifications (QP). Against this background, a workshop on the introduction of electronic documents in the field of inland navigation was held on 8 September 2022.
E-CMR, a document dematerialisation case study from the road arena
Document dematerialisation requirements for transport by container in the inland navigation sector
Dematerialisation of DAVID forms and reporting only once with CEERIS
Secure implementation of an ISO standard for the dematerialisation of personal documents on a smart phone
Case study: A systematic and standardised inland navigation approach to data and document dematerialisation
Initiative on e-tools
The CCNR’s work on dematerialisation: challenges and feedback