Inland ship (Binnenvaart)
The primary purpose of inland shipping (binnenvaart) is the transport of goods or passengers on rivers, canals or lakes. To maximise the efficiency of a ship, the resistance of the ship should be as low as possible. MARIN is able to calculate the wave pattern and resistance of a ship based on several parameters, such as the water level, length of the ship, hull shape, type of rudder, etc. With these calculations, almost every ship can be optimized to sail with a higher efficiency without decreasing the cargo requirements. The waves generated by the ship should be minimised to decrease the resistance. From an environmental point of view, the waves should also be minimized to avoid erosion of the banks of the waterway or hindrance to other ships. The inland shipping department of MARIN focuses on all kinds of inland ships, such as retrofitting of older ships, designing and optimizing of new ships, tugs and barge systems, etc.

MARIN services cover the whole range of hydrodynamic tools to optimise your ship, such as optimisation of the hull. propeller(s) and apendages. This is closely related to the speed/power performance and studies on cavitation and noise & vibration. If your ship has to be designed for short sea shipping, we can also assist in solving issues on the seakeeping performance, roll stabilisation systems, the motions and the loads & responses. The stringent demands on manoeuvring requirements like i.e. harbour manoeuvring and crabbing capabilities can be analysed in our basins. The manoeuvring performance and compliance with IMO rules for manoeuvring are regularry checked in our basins. In our Nautical Centre MSCN we offer training for crews, simulation of special situations and conducts traffic safety studies. Once the ship has been built, remaining problems can be analysed on full scale by MARIN's Trials & Monitoring Department and an appropriate advice is given to solve these problems. Trials & Monitoring is involved in full-scale measurements of ship performance, cavitation observation, noise & vibration and loads & responses measurements.

Experience record
The list below gives an overview of recent inland ship model tests carried out at MARIN:

  • Workboat, Gaastmeer Design, power prediction, CFD calculations, 2014
  • Air-Cavity river liner, model tests, 2012 & 2014.
  • tRHINEco, Euregio project. The project aimed to stimulate a shift of continental cargo flows from the road to waterways on specific routes. Design and hull lines optimization for an inland container ship ply self propelled barge, including scenario analysis based on business cases. Partners: DST Duisburg, MARIN, the University of Duisburg and the Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • Covadem. The Covadem project (cooperative navigable depth measurements – Coöperatieve vaardieptemetingen) was launched in April 2013. The project is aimed at sharing current navigable depth measurements,for more efficient navigation, by maximise use of the navigable area provided by the waterway. Recent developments: including fuel performance. See also
  • Move-IT (EU project). The MoVeIT! Program aimed to stimulate on the modernisation/ retrofitting of the existing IWT fleet to help achieving the aimed European targets with respect to reducing emissions. Partners: MARIN (coördinator), DST, Via Donau, TU Delft, CMT, SPB, TNO, Ecorys, Autena Marine, S.M.I.L.E.-FEM, University of Plymouth, University of Galati, Ship Studio, University of Belgrade, CFT, Ship Design Group, VNF, Swerea Sicomp, ThyssenKrupp Veerhaven, HE-logistics, Plimsoll, BME, Masson Marine. Finished in 2014.
  • Push-barge convoy, hull form optimisation, calm water tests, cavitation observations, 2013.
  • River Cruiser, Neptun Wertft, model test, 2013.
  • SAVE: a JIP investigating improving performance of inland ships, CFD calculations with respect to wave restance , analysis of aft ship, model tests to compare resistance of different rudder configurations, 2013.
  • Greenstream tanker, CFD hull lines optimization, modeltests 2011. Speed trails 2013.
  • Copenhagen (VT) Hull ines optimisation, 2010.
  • Semper Fi, CFD Hull lines optimization, 2010
  • Yangtze: see-river container ship, estuarium container ship and inland container ship. CFD Hull lines optimization, calm water model tests, manoeuvring model tests, sea keeping model tests. 2010
  • Tug-barge RoRo concept for Danube river (Ferryboat Complex), 2005
Most recent inland ship articles written for MARIN Report
(complete overview of articles can be found under Publications)

CoVadem: big data for smarter inland shipping
With the increasing need for improved fuel performance, smaller carbon footprints and optimised cargo volumes, the need for shipping data is vital. A unique, collaborative initiative has been formed named CoVadem. CoVadem...

Defining the Nautical Safety Profile
MARIN is working together with the industry to develop the Nautical Safety Profile for operations and risk management.

Barge optimisation leads to cuts in fuel consumption
MARIN has a specialist inland waterway transport team dedicated to improving the performance of inland vessels and this is currently focusing on shallow water vessel optimisation. Already tests show that impressive fuel savings...

Voyage Planner in RISING success
MARIN was tasked with modelling the hydrodynamics of an inland waterway vessel for the EU-backed RISING project, which Report highlights here.

MARIN examines effects of passing ships
Model tests to investigate the effects of passing ships are performed in MARIN’s Shallow Water Basin.

Most recent inland ship papers presented by MARIN
Real-time validation of CoVadem derived water depths at locations with a fixated riverbed
CoVadem creates an up-to-date depth chart of inland waterways. The underlying data are obtained from measurements of vessels participating in the CoVadem initiative, each sharing their sensor data in the CoVadem Cloud-Based...

Improving performance of inland ships with hull optimizations, benefits and pitfalls
In this paper several aspects of projects are described: A comparison between the performance of existing inland ships, the optimization of a hull and a case study for transport of 45’ containers in a container service on...

Optimization of ships in shallow water with viscous flow computations and surrogate modeling
Due to shallow water effects, optimization of inland ships is more complex than that of sea-going ships. In shallow water, the ship’s nominal resistance, the thrust deduction and the wake fraction will in general increase....

Dsitributed propulsion, a novel concept for inland vessels
In the drive to reduce the full consumption of inland vessels, one of the main limitations, the risk of propeller ventilation was investigated. Aim was to reduce the resistance of the vessel, while at the same time an...

Collaborative Data for Improved Performance of Inland Shipping
This paper reviews the state-of-the-art of the EconomyPlanner system which enables skippers to optimise cargo volumes and to reduce fuel consumption by energy efficient ship operation. The principle is based on collaborative...

tRHINEco: From Logistics Chain to Design Considerations for an Inland Container Vessel
MARIN participates in the tRHINEco project together with DST Duisburg, the University of Duisburg and the Radboud University Nijmegen. The project aims to stimulate a shift of continental cargo flows from the road to waterways...

EconomyPlanner; Optimal Use of Inland Waterways
In order to strengthen the position of inland shipping it is important to make optimal use of inland waterways. This paper reviews the state-of-the-art of the EconomyPlanner system which enables skippers to reduce fuel...

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The Inland Ship team:

Wytze de Boer<br>Senior Project Manager Inland Ship Wytze de Boer
Senior Project Manager Inland Ship
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