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


"Via Palletto" project

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Together with several partners, including Shipit and Blue Line Logistics, waterway operator De Vlaamse Waterweg is setting up a pilot project to stimulate pallet transport by inland waterway. "Via Palletto" project proposes to test a multi-stop river shuttle, with fixed routes, for pallets of building materials. ST4W team is glad to collaborate with this initiative, for good coordination and efficiency. Read More

Final conference IWTS2.0 “Modal shift is a mindshift”

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On April 22nd, ST4W attended the final conference of the Interreg North Sea Region project IWTS2.0 where speakers have presented how the electric barge GreenWave can ensure accessibility of IWT to the city of Ghent and improve the quality of life. The results of the project include also training courses for young professionals and students to teach efficient and safe navigation on small waterways, using both theory and practice on a simulator. Read More

The unlocked potential of inland navigation to green the Rhine-Alpine Corridor

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On April 16th, 2021, the “Rhine-Alpine Talks” #8 took place online and addressed strategies, agendas and projects on smart and green inland waterway transport and gathered speakers and panelists from European and regional institutions and interest groups. Further digitalisation and RIS have been pinpointed has key to foster a better integration of IWT in the supply chain with other transport modes, to make the IWT more competitive and safer and to help achieving more CO2 reduction. The tool developed and tested in ST4W for better collaboration and real-time multimodal visibility is therefore highly relevant to all stakeholders. Read More

Webinar about the digitalization of the construction sector

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We followed this webinar, which was about the digitalization of the construction sector. In the Seine River valley, the French ST4W pilot aims at a better connection between inland waterway transport and multimodal logistics solution to deliver wooden construction elements in the Paris area construction sites. ST4W will make it easier by providing digital tools and an innovative container for inland waterway transport: FlexiMalle concept designed by Sogestran. FlexiMalle is tracked step by step, from end to end in the multimodal waterborne transport thanks to the ST4W tracking system. Read More

GS1 GLN Industry Webinar

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Modern business needs are making details related to "who" and "where" more critical than ever. Over the last year, GS1 has taken a holistic approach to address the industry’s needs in terms of identification of party and location throughout the world. A webinar took place on 14 April 2021 to provide an overview of current activities and what will happen in the future in terms of industry needs, standards, and Global Location Number (GLN) registries. Members of ST4W team participated to this event, with great interest. Read More

Blockchain applications for logistics webinar

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Blockchain has been a very important developing technology supporting logistics digitalization and the creation of digital and data sharing ecosystems. Using blockchain technologies allows data exchanges based on immutable, unforgeable record of all of the transactions across the network, in order to build exchanges based on trust between stakeholders. Members of ST4W team participated in the "Blockchain applications for logistics webinar", organized by ALICE platform, with great interest. Read More

Multimodal urban logistics

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Inland waterway transport is an excellent way to bring goods into dense urban areas with minimal environmental impact and nuisance. However, this multimodal transport requires efficient logistics to organize all the operations for the timely delivery of goods. The French ST4W pilot aims at better connecting inland waterway transport with multimodal city logistics; firstly, digitally, thanks to ST4W tools, and, secondly, physically, thanks to an innovative FlexiMalle concept designed by SOGESTRAN. Fleximalle is a light and hard-wearing multimodal container complying with handling industry standards. Fleximalle is tracked from end to end along the multimodal journey thanks to the ST4W hierarchical tracking system. In the end of February 2021, Fleximalle’s inaugural journey delivered wooden construction elements from the Cuiller manufacturer's factory in Petit-Couronne near Rouen to the destination site at Noisy-le-Grand (east of Paris region). The highlight of this multimodal journey was the transshipment operation at Paris Terminal; from the Bosphore (container liner) to the Zulu (small barge dedicated to urban transport). Photographs are better than a long speech to show the efficient sequence of these operations. Read More



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