FP7 research project "NEWS"

NEWS stands for: Development of an energy-efficient, pollutant free inland navigation by NEWS (development of a NEXT generation European inland Waterway Ship and logistics system). 10 partners from five European countries were under the project guidance of TU Vienna/Fraunhofer involved

Why the project NEWS?

The traffic collapse is to be turned away in Europe only if more funds are clearly going into road, rail’s and inland water ways. According European research prognosis the volume of traffic becomes due to enormous growth in the container traffic and will dramatically increase until 2030.

Unsatisfactory hinterland infrastructure of the European sea ports and a poor developed inland waterway network according to trans-European network specifications hinders the efficient and economical transport on inland water ships all over Europe. Europe has an inland waterway network of 45,000 km. The inland water ship is superior to the truck in respect to transport efficiency related to the needed installed power for propulsion.

Nevertheless the economic total situation of inland navigation is to be called altogether not satisfyingly. There are on the one hand too many ships for too little cargo on the other hand the waterways for the efficient transports of the existing ships are not equally adapted. Before this background the inland navigation industries is not able to modernize the fleet regularly in order to adapt it on the state-of-the-art. This led to the fact that for example 70% of the 2427 in Germany registered inland water ships is older than 30 years.

The development of NEWS Mark II

NEWS Mark II is completely new designed all electric inland water ship of class V. It comprises innovative aft ship lines for shallow water. It is propelled with two propellers, equipped with an active ballast system, it is designed for an all-electric LNG or diesel fueled operation. The electric system is managed and controlled by a power management system. On basis of NEWs Mark II virtual liner services based on market analyses of large companies alongside the Danube has been evaluated and calculated as well as the Eastern route up to Constanta and the Western route up to the three ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp.

On the basis of an innovative route planning and cost development tool the maximum efficiency of the gas electrical future inland water ship has been projected and documented.

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