INFUTURE - Future Potential for Inland Waterways


South-East Finland - Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020

Budget 1,2 MEUR. Funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

Implementation time 1 November 2018 - 31 October 2021

Objectives of the Project

  • Open new attractive business opportunities and possibilities in the frames of Inland Waterways

  • Higher cargo volumes and longer traffic season

  • Strong stakeholder commitment


Project Partners

  • Kotka Maritime Research Association KMRA (Lead Partner)

  • Aalto University AALTO

  • South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK

  • SeaHow (Meritaito)

  • Finnish Waterways FWA

  • Admiral Makarov State University for Maritime and Inland Shipping MAKAROV

  • North-West Russia Logistics and Information Development Centre ILOT

Most international freight traffic happens on roads, such as the busy route between Finland and St. Petersburg. Road transport presents its own set of challenges, including pollution, accidents and road network congestion. Inland waterway traffic, however, could constitute a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option that also attracts the interest of transport companies.

Copyright: S. Werner