Inland ships (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 inland ship model tests carried out at MARIN:

  • Tug-barge RoRo concept for Danube river (Ferryboat Complex), 2005
  • Sea-river auto carrier
  • Seagoing/river tug-barge concept (Marine Heavy Lift Partners), 1999
  • Whale tail propulsion system (Whale Tail Systems), 1998
  • Intervaart – Technical Concepts of Sea-River transport (NIM), 1998
  • Tug-barge concept for BelgianCoast and river Rhine (Hessenatie), 1997
  • Hospital passenger inland vessel (De Hoop), 1996
  • CREATING EU project, 2005-2007
  • INBISHIP JIP project, 1998-1999
  • Sea-river ship JIP project, 1997-1998
  • Low Impact Urban Transport water Omnibus LIUTO JIP project, 1997
Most recent inland ship articles written for MARIN Report
(complete overview of articles can be found under Publications)

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.

Advanced training for Ems River passage
Report outlines an advanced training programme that has been set up to help pilots tackle the challenges of the Ems River in Germany.

The impact of ships that pass in the night... or in the day
MARIN is involved in several projects examining the effects of passing ships. Here we present the many ways we help to shed light on this phenomenon.

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The Inland Ship team:

Meeuwis van Wirdum<br>Inland Ship Coordinator Meeuwis van Wirdum
Inland Ship Coordinator
Karola van der Meij<br>Project Manager Powering Karola van der Meij
Project Manager Powering
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