KNOWLEDGE THEATER PROGRAM | MARITIME INDUSTRY

Would you like to host one of the knowledge sessions for Maritime Industry 2023? Then please contact us. Below you will find the sessions that were given during the last edition.

Tuesday May 17

Staff: where are we going? In his contribution, Frans van Weert provides an update on the implementation of the Strategic Labor Market Agenda for Inland Shipping. What actions have been initiated? And where is the sector now? Van Weert takes you along in future plans, both for the shorter and the long term: from a new initiative to attract skippers more quickly to the increasing importance of the role of the labor market in realizing sector-wide ambitions in the field of greening and digitization.
Digitizing together in inland shipping. Digitization is indispensable for most companies. Many companies use digitization to optimize their processes. Others try to distinguish themselves from their competitors through digitization. But how great would it be if companies work together to advance the entire inland shipping sector? In this session, NPRC and Aspect ICT explain how they jointly took the initiative to further digitize the inland shipping sector using the iBarge app and the significance of this for the sector.
Improved prediction of nuisance duration in case of unplanned (re)disruption on the waterway. It has been common practice in the car for a long time: road users receive an indication of the loss of travel time in the event of a disruption on the route via Google, Ways or other programs. In the wheelhouse, however, the information in the event of an unplanned failure is much more limited. It is true that skippers are informed of the fact that the disruption has occurred, but what the expected duration of disruption is usually remains unknown. Rijkswaterstaat has been conducting a test for several months. The provision of information in the event of disruptions is now also provided with their expected duration. In this session you will hear more about the first results. And: what next steps are ahead? The representatives of Rijkswaterstaat are also happy to talk to the public to hear suggestions from waterway users, in order to arrive at an even better forecast of the duration of disruption together.
Waste truck to the water. This spring, the Inland Shipping Information Office, commissioned by the Top Sector Logistics, started a follow-up study into the opportunities for inland shipping in the transport of household waste. Dutch municipalities collect a total of about 9.5 million tons of waste annually, of which 2.4 million tons are incinerated. Some of this waste is transported over longer routes. Given the type of cargo and the volume, this offers opportunities for water transport. In this workshop, Wilco Volker will discuss promising waste streams and the challenges in terms of logistics and policy.
New pension scheme in 2025 Retirement is important. After all, it is income for later. There are two important developments for the pension scheme in inland shipping. For example, the Netherlands wants to change its pension system in the coming years. A national pension agreement has been concluded for this purpose. The pension scheme in our sector will also become voluntary as of 1 January 2025. What will the new regulation look like, and what exactly will we arrange? Ingrid Blom will answer these and other important questions during this meeting

Wednesday May 18

Staff: where are we going? In his contribution, Frans van Weert provides an update on the implementation of the Strategic Labor Market Agenda for Inland Shipping. What actions have been initiated? And where is the sector now? Van Weert takes you along in future plans, both for the shorter and the long term: from a new initiative to attract skippers more quickly to the increasing importance of the role of the labor market in realizing sector-wide ambitions in the field of greening and digitization.
Sustainability and added value of the sector. Inland shipping is a crucial link in numerous chains. Think of our food chain, construction logistics, supply chains in the manufacturing industry and in the chemical sector. Without inland shipping, these sectors will not receive their basic raw materials. Our industry is counted on. And rightly so, because inland shipping is here now, was there 100 years ago and will always be there in the future. At the same time, Europe faces a number of challenges, such as the energy transition, the circular economy and reducing congestion on the roads in order to keep our country liveable. How can we ensure that inland shipping offers a solution to all these challenges? In this session, Femke Brenninkmeijer will take you through the opportunities for inland shipping and the way in which the NPRC strives to play a role in this. Among other things, she also talks about the steps that the NPRC is currently taking in the field of sustainability.
Current subsidy for making inland shipping more sustainable. Inland shipping faces major challenges in terms of climate and CO2 reduction. In the short term, there will also be the challenge of reducing nitrogen emissions. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management provides financial support to skippers if they want to invest in after-treatment for nitrogen reduction or purchase a modern engine (Stage V, or electric motor). It does this on the basis of the Subsidy Scheme for the Sustainability of Inland Shipping Vessels. In this session, Niels Kreukniet provides an overview of the scheme. And what else can we expect in the future? There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
Emission labeling system for inland shipping The emission labeling system for inland waterway vessels is an important instrument for gaining insight into the emission performance of inland waterway vessels. And therefore also for the equivalence of the investments of inland shipping companies in their ships. During this session, Khalid Tachi takes the audience through the creation of the label. Questions such as: how does the label work? What conditions must a ship meet to be eligible? And, with a view to the future: what exactly is the added value for inland shipping entrepreneurs?
Acceleration to zero-emission sailing with RH2INE In addition to emission reduction, zero-emission solutions will play an increasingly important role in inland shipping. Emission-free sailing is already happening on batteries and before the end of 2022 the first 100% emission-free hydrogen-powered ship from Future Proof Shipping will enter service, followed by hydrogen-powered ship Antonie van NPRC/Lenten. RH2INE kickstart IWT aims to accelerate emission-free sailing on hydrogen by having the next 12 hydrogen ships sail before the end of 2026. Open cooperation between companies, ports and governments such as the Province of South Holland is crucial in this respect. RH2INE is already looking ahead to 2030 to expand its zero-emission fleet.
ZES (Zero Emission Services) offers interchangeable energy containers for new and existing inland vessels. These containers – ZESpacks – are charged at docking stations along the large water truck where skippers can exchange the empty ZESpacks for charged batteries. The ZES concept and the technology behind it have been proven: since September 2021, the Alphenaar has been sailing battery-electric daily between Alphen aan den Rijn and Moerdijk. In the coming years, the ZES docking station network will be expanded to realize a system change in inland shipping: sustainable and future-proof sailing with ZESpacks. The National Growth Fund recently made a major investment in the ZES concept. This investment will be used to further grow zero-emission sailing and includes the (re)construction of existing and new ships, the development of charging stations and the purchase of ZESpacks.
With more than 8,000 inland vessels, the Netherlands has the largest fleet in Europe. If we want to maintain this leading position, well-trained employees are crucial. AB INITIO plays a very important role in this. Pupils and students can gain experience with the very latest techniques. In the knowledge theatre, builder and main sponsor Concordia Damen talks about AB INITIO’s technical specifications and how it will soon be able to run on hydrogen. Cor van Wijngaarden, education manager at STC Group, explains the impact AB INITIO will have on the education of inland shipping students and pupils.
Inland shipping must become more sustainable and the generation of solar energy can help with this. Blommaert and Wattlab have developed solar hatches that make optimal use of the available surface of a ship to generate solar energy. Siebe Roefs tells you more about how the system can contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption and how it has been tested in practice.

Thursday May 19

Staff: where are we going? In his contribution, Frans van Weert provides an update on the implementation of the Strategic Labor Market Agenda for Inland Shipping. What actions have been initiated? And where is the sector now? Van Weert takes you along in future plans, both for the shorter and the long term: from a new initiative to attract skippers more quickly to the increasing importance of the role of the labor market in realizing sector-wide ambitions in the field of greening and digitization.
The opportunities of digitization For many companies, digitization is complicated, costly and sometimes even a little scary. At the same time, digitization offers so many opportunities that it is no longer a question of whether you are going to apply it, but how and for what purpose you are going to do it. In this session, Dalibor Stojakovic explains how digitization is used at NPRC to serve customers, unburden skippers and continue to develop towards the future. He will take the audience through the many applications that are possible and answer the question of how we can include and keep everyone on board in our collective digital quest.
Sneak Preview of EuRIS: the new European information site for waterway users. Together with twelve other countries, Rijkswaterstaat will soon be offering a platform called EuRiS. The skipper will find unambiguous and harmonized data on this with which he or she can make the journey as safe and smooth as possible. Other parties, such as transporters and shippers, can also access the information. Marente Brouwer gives visitors of this session an exclusive look at how EuRiS works!
Report future developments electronically on the Rhine. The electronic reporting of voyage and cargo data via BICS to the waterway manager on the Rhine (and in the rest of Europe) continues to expand. In the future, all ships will probably make (compulsory) use of this. Henk van Laar explains the many advantages of BICS and also extensively discusses the preconditions from the perspective of the various stakeholders.
Panel discussion: Will the best helmsmen really be ashore? In this concluding part of the knowledge theater, Salih Karaarslan will speak on behalf of SMASH! entered into discussions with three innovative parties, namely KOTUG, Shipping Technology, Alewijnse and Seafar, in the field of autonomous navigation in inland shipping. What are the advantages of autonomous sailing for inland navigation entrepreneurs in the short and medium term?

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