Association for European Inland Navigation and Waterways

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Technical committee for digitalisation


Aims & Tasks

The working group was created from the VBW expert group to promote the use of modern data processing technology in the European inland navigation. They met for the first time mid-1996. In the first phase of their activity, they had set a target to reduce the deficits and reservations towards the use of this technology. The presentation of the different uses and its benefits, especially the systems BICS, ELWIS and ARGO, in the brochure "Heading for the future by using the computer" edited in 2000 have shown positive effects.

In the current phase, the group deals with the AIS and RIS systems, their development and operation in practice. Furthermore, the use of telematics applications for transport and transportmanagement play an important role in their work. Both the view of river headquarters as well as the wheelhouse are taken into account.

The working group is concerned with the latest telematics applications and the resulting new ways of working which guarantee a high topicality anytime.

Nils Braunroth

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
Henk van Laar Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart
Helmut Broß DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme
Thorsten Kalinofski BP Europe SE
Mario Kaufmann via donau
Heinrich Kerstgens Rhenus SE & Co. KG
René Kohlhause Haeger & Schmidt Logistics GmbH
Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Martin Sandler Argonav GmbH
Roland Scheurle Rheintank GmbH
André Stäudtner BG für Fahrzeughaltungen
Jürgen Trögl via donau


Structure & work methods

The working group is international and open to participation by representatives of all European states as well as for an expansion of its technical platform. In addition to inland navigation it aims at integration of its logistical partners and all navigation-affine areas particularly shippers, ports, navigation administration (Schifffahrtsverwaltung), freight exchanges as well as software developers.

The group is open to a broadening of its professional platform.

Henk van Laar
Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart 

Work results
 Within the committee the following publications has been developed respectively prepared.
  • Standardization of data exchange formats for all inland navigation-based companies and organizations
  • Expert group for international logistic reports in connection with the COMPRIS-Project (PDF-Files: Terms of Reference for Working Group Logistic Reports)


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