Smart Track 4 Waterway

Project Summary

ST4W proposes a management solution for shipment by inland waterway transport, providing to small stakeholders a simpler and cheaper access to secure data, and enabling them to share a hierarchical track & trace service of shipment at logistics unit level : what pallet in what vessel ?

ST4W solution will provide an end to end seamless visibility to supply chain stakeholders :

  • Automatic update of logistics unit status (pallet, container …)
  • Real-time update of ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of each logistics unit, throughout the multimodal supply chain
  • Automatic alert in the case of delay or loading the wrong logistics unit
  • Electronic proof of delivery at each step:

This cloud-oriented platform is based on GS1 standards, where everyone is master of his own data and shares it only with chosen partners

A sustainable and closer cooperation between waterway actors and their supply chain partners will enable more clients to make use of waterway transportation (from mental shift to modal shift), and consequently to reduce CO2 emissions of their logistics operations.


Main advantages of Inland Waterway Transportation (IWT):

IWT predominantly used by large companies for bulk & big volumes:

  • Used to a small extend by SMEs
  • Used to a very small extend for palletized freight


Palletized freight is generally carried in small volumes directly from point A to point B


Modal shift from road to waterway needs:

  • additional transhipment operations
  • bundling of several small volumes
  • more complex logistics engineering
  • more administrative burden

ST4W proposes an unified data exchange platform …

  •  fed with hierarchical tracking data at logistics unit level (pallet, container)
  • proposing transversal services:
    • real time update of cargo Estimated Time of Arrival
    • electronic proof of delivery

... tackling modal shift brakes

  •  seamless synchronisation between logistics and IWT actors
  •  end-to-end follow-up of shipment:
    • in multimodal environment
    • with reduced administrative burden

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Multitel 2 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Circoe Claire Bouvier France
Logistics in Wallonia Bernard Piette Belgium
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Tom Van Woensel Netherlands
Stichting Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart Henk van Laar Netherlands
Institut du droit international des transports Ludovic Couturier France
Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart Khalid Tachi Netherlands
Port Autonome du Centre et de l'Ouest Christophe Vanmuysen Belgium
Port de Bruxelles - Haven van Brussel Désirée Simonetti Belgium
Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) Bernd Noche Germany
Blue Line Logistics nv Ferenc Szilagyi Belgium
Inlecom System Ltd Yash Chadha United Kingdom
Sogestran Gilles Peyrot France
EVOL LILLE Bertrand LEROY France
IT-Optics Lorenzo Bassani Belgium
Promotion of Operational Links with Integrated Services Ivo Cré Belgium
Paris Terminal Alain O’JEANSON France
Urban Waterway Logistics Peter Geirnaert Belgium
Stichting Dunamare Onderwijsgroep J.J. Boll Netherlands
Bockaert en Thienpont Pieter Bockaert Belgium
Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Région Hauts-de-France Ksenija Banovac France
Haropa Christophe Du Chatelier christophe.duchatelier@PARIS-PORTS.FR France


Webinar about the electrification of inland waterways (“Vert le fluvial” #3)

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We participated in the webinar organized on June 28th, 2021 by VNF together with the Union française de l'électricité. This webinar addressed the short and medium term objectives, challenges and opportunities concerning the electrification of both the quays and the propulsion for small barges. The need of charging infrastructures interoperable across the quays at a national and EU level has been discussed. At an urban level, it has been stressed that the quays should be adapted for city logistics i.e. with parking lots equipped with electric infrastructures for last-mile vehicles and transshipment equipment. Read More

European Barge Union Event: IWT key to the Green Deal and to the Sustainable & Smart Mobility Strategy

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On June 21st, ST4W attended the event organized in Brussels by the EBU. Keynote speakers and panelists discussed how inland waterway transport is key to deliver the European Green Deal and contribute to the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. The NAIADES III action plan was introduced ahead of its official release. The combination of both the physical and digital connections of IWT with the urban logistics ecosystem, which is the primary focus of a dedicated work package of ST4W, has been cited as an enabler to increase the modal share of IWT. Other important aspects discussed are the needs of harmonisation and standardisation, decarbonised propulsion, funding specific to SMEs, sufficient water levels and improvement of existing infrastructures, several of which are also addressed by ST4W. Read More

8th International Physical Internet Conference

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On 15 & 16th June, IDIT will be at the 8th International Physical Internet Conference. Topics include Logistics Nodes, Logistics Networks, System of Logistic Networks, Access and Adoption and Governance, making this meeting a unique opportunity to learn, network and discuss the latest results and challenges about interconnected logistics. IDIT will present the regulatory impacts on data collection/storage/sharing on tracking IWT multimodal freight transport for the ST4W INTERREG project. Read More

Webinar organised by Shippeo

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On June 10th, 2021, ST4W participated in the webinar organised by Shippeo that highlighted the importance to provide the supply chain with an end-to-end visibility platform interoperable with the IT solutions available at the shippers, carriers and receivers. At ST4W, we link tracking data from fragmented sources and make use of the GS1 standards to share standardised and secured information between relevant actors. Read More



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