River Information Services (RIS) are customised information services for inland waterway transport that make it possible to co-ordinate logistical processes with actual transport situations on a constant basis. RIS play a key role in making cargo transport and passenger services on waterways more efficient and ecologically sound while, at the same time, increasing traffic safety.
The Action supports the improvement of the management capacity of the Northern Italian Waterway System (NIWS) by financing the organisational, technical and legal studies related to setting up a RIS system. The studies will be validated through the implementation of a RIS pilot scheme to test the viability and the effectiveness of the system in supporting the efficient management of the waterway. A RIS centre, 4 base stations, the equipment of 20 vessels and a software prototype development will be realised as part of the pilot.
The Action aims at defining the technical, legal and organisational requirements for the implementation of a RIS system on the NIWS, to increase its levels of efficiency, safety and integration in the logistics chain, according to the NIWS masterplan.
The feasibility studies of the RIS system along the NIWS will pave the way for its full implementation, in order to increase the traffic management capacity, the safety of the system and make the inland navigation in Northern Italy more attractive and reliable. Moreover, the adoption of the EU RIS standard at legal, organisational and technical levels will ease the interoperability of the system with other transport modes linked to the major European inland waterways, as rail (PP1 and PP6) and the maritime transport.
State of progress on 31 December 2011:
The project kick off took place in 2011 and the inception report was completed end September 2011. Many activities (regarding functional requirements, organisational feasibility, the legal framework, the feasibility plan as well as the data collection have started in 2011.
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Member States involved:
Start date: March 2010
End date: December 2013
Beneficiaries & Implementing bodies:
Sistemi Territoriali S.p.A.
Provincia di Mantova
Agenzia interregionale per il fiume Po
Autorità portuale di Venezia
Italian Republic - Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
European Commission, DG MOVE