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Łukasiewicz - Poznań Institute of Technology

Ewarysta Estkowskiego 6
61-755 Poznań, Poland



European Commission is funding the Climate resilient and environmentally sustainable transport infrastructure, with a focus on inland waterways – CRISTAL Project.

Project Introduction

The CRISTAL project focuses on the development of inland waterway transport (IWT) and its infrastructure.

The crucial aim of the project is to create an innovative technology for monitoring and digitization of transport chains, indicating the direction of further development of business and management models that include river transport in multimodal chains.

The project is co-created by 15 partners from 9 European countries: Poland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, France and the UK.

Project duration

36 Months

Project Partners

15 Project partners

Project Coordinators

Łukasiewicz – Poznań Institute of Technology
Poznań, Poland

Grant amount

6 371 048.50 €

Project Objectives

Shifting 20 % of freight traffic from land to inland waterways.

Conducting three case studies that will allow to increase the reliability of transport by 80% with the use of synchromodality and the implementation of river transport to multimodal supply chains.

Increasing the operability and resilience of infrastructure to climate change.

The CRISTAL case study will cover rivers in: Poland (Vistula and Odra), Italy (Po) and France (Mosele, Seine).

Provision of navigability in extreme weather situations.

Using recycled materials and the reduction of the environmental impact of inland navigation.

Developing new governance models enabling cooperation across institutional, modal and national boundaries.

Use of the latest technological solutions, such as automatic buoys, sensors monitoring the condition of the infrastructure, business models, a decision support system and an open data platform for synchromodal resource planning and operation preparation.

TRA2024 Award for CRISTAL project

Huge congratulations! 🎉 CRISTAL Project researcher Tom McDonald from Newcastle University has won second prize at Transport Research Arena – TRA2024 in the Waterborne mode for his work on the GPR innovation in CRISTAL Project’s WP5 Digital Twin and WP8 River Pilot France. 🚢 🥈🎉

Well done on this fantastic achievement and your work on CRISTAL Project!

CRISTAL focuses on smaller and commercially undeveloped feedwater routes. They are key to expanding Europe’s waterway system.

The developed solutions are to redefine the logistics processes in inland navigation and fully recover its unused potential.

CRISTAL Project Coordinator



Łukasiewicz - PIT
Infrastrutture Venete
Società di consulenza - SOGESCA
Universiteit Antwerpen
University of Gdańsk
VNF - Voies Navigables de France
KTI Közlekedéstudományi Intézet Nonprofit Kft.
Newcastle University


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