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Analysis of existing practices

The analysis for this project has looked at the use of technology on German waterways:


Fairway Information Services

For all waterways in Germany

  • Notices to Skippers information
  • Operating hours locks and bridges information
  • Maintenance information
  • Legislation information
  • Information about Inland ENC’s (Electronic Navigational Charts) and Inland ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)


Support of RIS Services by Inland AIS (Automatic Identification System)

  • Serves specific requirements for inland navigation to support RIS services
  • Based on the Maritime AIS
  • Direct data exchange between seagoing and inland vessels in mixed traffic areas
  • Specific requirements for inland navigation are complementary or additional to maritime AIS


Specific Inland AIS Messages

  • Inland ship static and voyage related data
  • Inland number of persons on board
  • ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) at lock/ bridge/ terminal
  • RTA (Requested Time of Arrival) at lock/ bridge/ terminal
  • Water Level
  • Signal Status
  • EMMA (European multiservice meteorological awareness system) Weather warning