Previous RIS implementation projects mainly focused on the realisation of national RIS infrastructure with some pilot activities related to the international exchange of RIS data.

Building on the results of the projects IRIS Europe 3 and CoRISMa, the systems and services crucial for an efficient RIS Corridor Management are being identified and implemented in the course of the project. Corridor Management as a concept aims at improving and linking existing RIS services on a route or a corridor in order to supply RIS not just locally, but on regional, national and international level. It thereby supports route and voyage planning, transport management and traffic management.

Main intention of the RIS COMEX project is to realise these Corridor RIS Services for authorities and logistics users within inland navigation and to transfer the Corridor Services into sustainable operation.
The priorities to be achieved are the removal of administrative barriers (cross-border electronic reporting), efficiency improvements in inland navigation (cross-border exchange of information for logistics stakeholders) as well as better planning reliability of waterway transports and the reduction of travelling times (cross-border travel planning).
Additionally, the evolution of RIS standards, an acceptable quality level of inland navigation information services and the operational safety of the RIS infrastructures shall be secured.  

Additional information is available on the project website: http://www.riscomex.eu/

Milestones

1. Elaboration of, and commitment to the RIS COMEX Master Plan (Corridor Service List)
     to be defined and implemented within the project

 2. Definition of the individual Corridor Services

 3. Agreement on the Corridor RIS Concept (system architecture) enabling the realisation
      of the defined Corridor Services

 4. Specification, implementation, test and evaluation of the defined Corridor Services
      based on the agreed concept

 5. Establishment of legal, organisational and financial frameworks for sustainable
      operation of the implemented Corridor Services beyond the project end date

Stakeholder involvement

During the execution of the project the stakeholders are constantly involved at two levels in order to identify the needs and requirements of the future users:

 1. Industry Reference Group
      Representatives of European branch organisations (e.g. Inland Navigation Europe,
      European Barge Union, Association for European Inland Navigation and Waterways, 
      European Federation of Inland Ports) are regularly informed about the project´s
      progress and provide valuable inputs for the definition and implementation of the
      services. 

 2. National stakeholders
      
The individual project partners get in direct contact with their national stakeholders for
      the definition and specification process (e.g. via online surveys, personal interviews,
      etc.).

RIS COMEX Corridors

As the key focus of the project is put on the realisation of Corridor Services, the following RIS COMEX Corridors were defined:

  • Danube Corridor: Germany-Austria-Slovakia-Hungary-Croatia-Serbia-Bulgaria-Romania
  • Rhine Corridor: Germany-Netherlands-France
  • Amsterdam-Antwerp-Liege Corridor: Netherlands-Belgium
  • Amsterdam-Antwerp-Brussels Corridor: Netherlands-Belgium
  • Mosel Corridor: Germany-France-Luxemburg
  • Elbe Corridor: Germany-Czech Republic
  • Dunquerke-Scheldt Corridor: France-Belgium

Partners

  • Austria (viadonau, project coordinator)
  • Netherlands (Rijkswaterstaat)
  • Germany (Ministry of Transport)
  • Slovakia (Ministry of Transport)
  • Hungary (RSOE)
  • Romania (Romanian Naval Authority)
  • Bulgaria (BPI)
  • Croatia (Ministry of Transport)
  • Serbia (Ministry of Transport)
  • Czech Republic (Ministry of Transport and Waterway Directorate)
  • Belgium (De Vlaamse Waterweg)
  • France (VNF and EDF)
  • Luxembourg (Ministry of Transport)

Duration and budget

February 2016 – December 2020

AT Budget: EUR 3,500,000, thereof ca. EUR 1,318,000 EU funding (Connecting Europe Facilities Programme)
Total project budget (all partners): EUR 26,500,000 

News and project status

By mid-2018 the intended Corridor Services and the so-called Support Services were defined in coordination with the stakeholders. In 2018, the Corridor RIS Concept (system architecture) was elaborated as well and the technical specification was started. Since autumn 2018 the project consortium is working intensively on the implementation of the individual services. A large part of these services will be realised in an existing system, which will be raised to a European level, provided the necessary adaptations and interfaces are executed. The remaining services will be specified and implemented in a harmonised way in 2019 and 2020. Naturally, the relevant stakeholders and future users will be involved in the testing and evaluation phase.



The project makes a substantial contribution to the implementation of measure
09. Develop River Information Services further of the Action Programme for the Danube 2022.