Development of Blue Wave Twente Canals starts

published: 30-01-2019

The Province of Overijssel, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management and the Port of Twente have developed the Blue Wave Twente Canals information platform to improve the efficiency of shipping traffic on the Twente canals.

The aim of this platform is to improve the flow and load factor of inland vessels on the Twente canals, thus making more and better use of the Twente canals. The platform combines and generates information for traffic management, provides data on availability and use of (port) facilities and optimises cargo flows. The development of the information platform has been awarded to the consortium consisting of Panteia, 4shipping and SWIS. In the next few months they will work together with the users to create this platform. Completion is planned for October 2019.


Input from shippers and skippers

To properly identify the user requirements for the platform, the consortium organises a number of sessions with inland navigation skippers, inland navigation clients, harbour masters, lockmasters and policy officials. Shippers and skippers who would like to participate/contribute their ideas can register with project leader Jan Snoeij of 4schipping at

The information platform will soon offer a large number of functions: a multimodal route planner, a market place for inland cargoes and inland vessels, information on traffic conditions and route times and a monitoring function for shipping traffic.


Connecting knowledge and skills

Panteia, 4shipping and SWIS join forces in the consortium. The knowledge and skills of the partners complement each other well since Panteia has extensive experience in processing nautical data. The booking platform of 4shipping contributes to transparency and simple organisation of transport using inland waterways. SWIS has extensive expertise in developing online applications that put user-friendliness for the end user first.


For more information on the consortium, please visit our website, or and To stay informed about the developments regarding Blue Wave Twente, go to

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