ProjectEMMA Project

EMMA Project

Enhancing freight Mobility and logistics in the BSR by strengthening inland waterway and river sea transport and proMoting new internAtional shipping services

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) with its growing transport volumes especially between East and West and its insufficient road and rail infrastructure needs innovative and pragmatic solutions to cope with future requirements on transport facilities. Rivers, canals and also the Baltic Sea have huge capacity reserves, whereas road and rail infrastructure already is, in some parts of the Baltic Sea Region, overloaded. However, Inland Waterway and River-Sea Shipping (IWT) still do not play the adequate role in the transport system to its potential. All in all ship transportation has many advantages compared to alternative modes like road and rail. In particular, it is cost efficient and environmentally friendly compared to the other modes. However, too often, inland shipping is not even considered as transport alternative by many forwarders and stakeholders in the transport sector. The question that needs to be answered is how the modal share of IWT can be increased in the Baltic Sea Region countries. The implementation of pilot activities, their promotion for wider acceptance and information that addresses the specific target groups is required!


  • Tackling the challenges and opportunities focusing on inland- and river-sea shipping.
  • Increasing the modal share of inland- and river-sea shipping to, from and between BSR countries.
  • Fostering a better integration of inland- and river-sea shipping in the BSR transport chains and EU Strategy for the BSR.

PILOT ACTIVITIES Target Groups: Industry Stakeholders, Politicians, Lobby Organizations

  • Poland – Gdańsk (River Vistula) o Feasibility study regarding inland navigation supply chain from the port Gdansk via Vistula river to a planned multimodal inland terminal in the hinterland of the port o Transport chains from the Port of Gdańsk to its hinterland o Proof of concept by a container cargo cruise along Vistula river with field workshops
  • Lithuania – Klaipėda (River Neman) o Heavy goods transportation connection from the Port of Klaipėda to its hinterland
  • Germany – Northern Germany (Elbe River Basin) o Digital map with status information on inland waterways
  • Sweden – Stockholm (Lake Mälaren) o „Dynamic Zone Management System“ & transport shift from road to inland waterways
  • Finland – North Karelia (Saimaa Canal & Lake Area) o Information systems for transport optimization via inland waterways All pilot activities will be jointly developed to ensure cross-region applicability and benefits

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