Seminar on Inland and coastal shipping

Seminar on inland and coastal shipping

How can inland and coastal shipping be used to a greater extent? On 15th of October about 100 participants from industry, academia and the public sector attended a seminar focused on how the use of inland and coastal shipping could be increased while another 30 watched the live stream (see below). 

The seminar featured three themes: Regions and ports perspective, Logistics solutions and Waterways in urban areas. Pia Berglund from the Swedish Transport Administration framed the conference by introducing the Swedish perspective and summarising take-aways at the end of the conference.

The speakers included both Swedish and international perspectives. Drawing on work in the Interreg IWTS 2.0 project, experiences from the Netherlands and Belgium were shared with the audience. Several presentations illustrated opportunities and examples, such as a pilot in Stockholm and the testing of a floating recycling centre in Gothenburg.

The feeling was that many stakeholders are interested in the development, but the development pace in Sweden is not fast enough. Vendela Santén and Sara Rogerson of SSPA presented a study on actor perceptions on various business set-ups of container transport on the river Göta Älv.

-“All actor groups found at least one alternative using inland waterway transport as preferable to the current situation”, Sara Rogerson, researcher at SSPA explained.

The seminar was organised as part of Interreg North Sea region IWTS 2.0 project by SSPA in collaboration with Lighthouse. 

You find more information about the project at Inland Waterway Transport Solutions (IWTS) or at the project web