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 consumption by energy efficient ship operation. The development of the EconomyPlanner is commissioned by the European Commission (FP7 EU project MoVeIT!) and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch projects IDVV and Covadem ). The projects are carried out by a consortium in which knowledge institutes, waterway authorities and representatives of the inland navigation branch participate. By using the EconomyPlanner the vessel owner gains fuel efficiency, reliability in terms of ETA and a maximised cargo capacity regarding real time and future riverbed information, water levels and flow velocities. The main goal of the EconomyPlanner is to create a real time local water depth chart based on cooperative navigable depth measurements. In addition the Virtual Ship module of the EconomyPlanner is able to determine the optimal track and advises skippers on optimal rpm settings during the voyage in relation to the desired ETA, for which fuel consumption and emissions are minimal.