This Finnish-Russian project is looking for the best ways to develop and to promote sustainable and cost-effective inland waterways transport


Inland waterway transport has a great potential and it is competing to road and rail transportation modes. EU transport policy points to restrict pollutant emissions from transport and to shift cargoes from overloaded roads to the sustainable modes of transport. The aim of the “Future potential of Inland Waterways” project is the inland waterways promotion, providing waterway transport a stronger position in the transport system and the increasing the commercial use of inland waterways as transport corridors. In order to promote inland waterways INFUTURE project takes a comprehensive approach to find the profitable and environmental-friendly waterway transportation solution.


The project identify the most efficient ways to use multimodal transportation options and handle cargo. Project also examines the legislation on freight traffic as well as Finnish and Russian customs policies. It is important to examine what impact the current regulation has on transport volumes and what could be done to make regulation support the increasing cargo flows. It would be important to understand more deeply the Finnish and Russian points of growth in the field of inside waterway transportation. The transshipping alternative enables to link inside waterways to the global transport system in a more effective manner considering existing ship assets.


  • Studies on cargo volumes, inland ports, IWR regulation, multimodality
  • International benchmarking and best practices
  • Recommendations for the vessel concept
  • Online IWT service development
  • International cooperation in IWT education
  • Model of Transshipment Hub


16.12.2018 “Paine ilmastotekoihin kasvaa”

17.2.2019 ”Kasvava paine hillitä ympäristötuhoja siirtää kuljetuksia maanteiltä sisävesille”

Toomas Lybeck “Prosperous Future of Inland Waterways” 2019

Tatiana Pantina, Tamara Volkova, Toomas Lybeck WP1.1: Inland waterway transportation and its prospects in Russia and Finland 2019

Bachelor’s thesis Degree programme in Logistics 2020, Pinja Koskela & Oskari Pohjonen

Sari Koivu & Valeriya Sabitova. TRANSSHIPMENT HUB CONCEPT, MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION, INTERNATIONAL BENCHMARK Finnish-Russian Transshipment Hub -The optimal model for the future IWT. Barchelor´s thesis.

Transshipment Hub Concept: Report on the study. Anna Kiviniitty, 19.5.2021

Simulations of fairways in Lake Saimaa. Presentations and proposals. Antti Lanki, Tapani Salmenhaara, 7.6.2021

Transshipment Hub – idea sisävesilikenteen kehittämiseen. Read-lehti 3/2021. Anna Kiviniitty 5.10.2021

More information

Toomas Lybeck
Project Manager
+358 40 487 5443

Anna Kiviniitty
Project Specialist
+358 40 593 3106

Project official webpages


INFUTURE Final Conference

Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, Finland

The conference will focus on presenting the research results of the project through four different themes. The first theme, “Towards a Green Transition”, focuses on the EU’s Green Deal and Fit for 55 programs, as well as national emission reduction targets for inland waterway transportation. Another theme highlights the opportunities and potential of inland waterway transport today. The third theme aims to present best practices and smart solutions for the development of inland waterway infrastructure and port operations. The last, fourth session looks at visions for the future of inland waterways as a sustainable mode of freight transport.

​Attending the conference  is possible both at site in person or on-line.

The conference is free of charge.


Registration to the Conference by 24.11.2021 here



INFUTURE - Future potential of Inland Waterways

1 November 2018 – 31 October 2021

Project partners

Lead partner: Kotka Maritime Research Centre

Partners: South-Eastern University of Applied Science (XAMK), Aalto University AALTO, SeaHow Ltd., Finnish Waterway Association FWA, Admiral Makarov State University for Maritime and Inland Shipping MAKAROV, North-West Russia Logistics and Information Development Centre ILOT


Total budget: € 1 249 538

XAMK part of the total budget: € 276 000

Financiers and main source of funding: The project is co-funded by the European Union.