The ZIM innovation network “DigiShip” aims to develop digital, geodata-based technologies for inland navigation that contribute to strengthening network stability in the entire waterway system. In the network, small and medium-sized enterprises work together with research institutions on innovative solutions in funded R&D projects. This includes digital concepts and business models, as well as the development of cross-modal digital platforms that develop answers to the need for modernization in inland navigation.
Prerequisites for the success of this sector are an efficient infrastructure, environmentally friendly and modern ships, and optimal integration into multimodal logistics chains. In this context, inland shipping is not only a reliable and flexible transport system, but remains by far the most environmentally friendly mode of transport with major advantages in the transportation of hazardous goods. In addition, the share of sport and leisure shipping is also constantly increasing, which suggests the operational use of traffic management systems as well as individual navigation assistants.
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