Inland vessels are being transformed into high-tech data collectors. They will be collecting real-time data as they sail that will allow them to operate more efficiently in the future and to make the most of the space on the water. Information about fuel consumption, and predictions of water depths and headroom, will allow for even better estimates of how much cargo the vessels can take on. This results in the more efficient use of the vessels and the water, and cuts carbon emissions. But it is not only the inland shipping sector that benefits: the vessels are continuously collecting data about the river bed and water depths. River managers and dredgers can use these data – in combination with river models – to maintain and manage waterways.
CoVadem (Coöperatieve Vaardiepte- en performancemeting: cooperative sailing depth and performance measurement) is a joint initiative of the research institutes MARIN and Deltares, government and business with the aim of establishing a reliable and modern data & information service for the European inland waterway network and for all waterway managers and users.