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Łukasiewicz - Poznań Institute of Technology

Ewarysta Estkowskiego 6
61-755 Poznań, Poland


CRISTAL Pilot sites

Key Objective

It is the key objective of the CRISTAL project to increase the share of freight transport on inland water transport (IWT) by a minimum of 20% and to demonstrate on its three river pilot sites (Italy, Poland and France) strategies to improve reliability by 80%. The living lab governance framework and implementation plan are to be applied in the three case studies.

The project will include the aspects of technological innovation/development and digitalization.
Further advancement towards the physical Internet, governance solution and business models, will be proposed while targeting sustainability and infrastructure resilience requirements.


France pilot site

France pilot site will aim to develop and implement:

  • Tools to anticipate extreme weather events,
  • More sensors on the network and further work on the modelling, including also more data, to refine the granularityof the model,
  • Establish predictive models that support help decision-making,
  • Tools for predictive infrastructure maintenance,
  • Tools to predict “ice jams” which also allow interconnection with other actors,
  • Electronic freight documentation for river transport to support planning of the transport and early information of partners within the transport chain. This enables the control of transport and related payments for use of infrastructure. It also enables a faster processing of the goods throughout the journey, in particular an  ccelerated handling at hubs, to
    the source between shipper and carrier, and automatically capture data along the travel, for control and optimization.

Lead partner: VNF


Italy pilot site


  • Improvement of the assets management of the inland waterways infrastructure, taking into account the new digital technologies (including the digital twin), biodiversity and environmental impacts, green energy procurement, the resilience certification, the COPERNICUS climate services, the climate model and the interoperable support decision system supplied by the Critical Infrastructure Research and Resilience Network–CIPCast.
  • Testing innovative technology for medium term forecast of the navigability condition and studying the implementation of cold-ironing facilities along the quays.
  • Innovation and improvement of the governance process of the “River Po Corridor management”, supporting for route planning, voyage planning, transport and traffic management, securing (contingency management) the supply for goods for the relevant supply chain and for tourism management.
  • Digitalization of the logistic and of the people transport services (multimodality and a synchro modality perspective).
  • Reduction of the CO2-Footprint of the river management services and support of the „Business continuity management“ of the transport (cfr. C) services.

Lead partner:  UniCa


Poland pilot site

Poland river pilot  will focus on implementation of inland waterway transport connections through setting up the new IWT services for different types of cargo (unitized-containerized, break-bulk and dry bulk) under permanent bad navigation conditions.

The baseline conditions result from poor IWW infrastructure and other accompanying conditions including environmental, social and navigability issues.

The necessary infrastructure improvement is a subject of a long-term perspective (more than 25 years) and enforces adoption to current isruptions (low water level, prohibited or limited navigability during winter periods and at nights, missing RIS and changing hydrology) for navigation.

From the perspective of a transport network the focus will be given to the optimization of supply chains towards the
achievement of co-modal transport services within a well synchronized, smart and seamless network, supported by Inland
Waterway Transport.

It will be executed by elaboration of new business and logistics models of IWT and implementation of IoT technology to enable monitoring of cargo & vessels/barges location and other parameters increasing its modal share.

 Poland pilot site aim to:

  • Develop a supply chain model and define the new services in the existing port terminals,
  • Develop business and logistics models implementing IWT as main  interland transport mean,
  • Carry out 4 demonstrations of different cargo transport, as well as of different legal conditions (national vs. international),
  • Develop, implement and test IoT technology in real environment based on own buoys system,
  • Study the socio-economic importance of inland waterways in the region.

Lead Partner: UniGda