INFUTURE - development of inland waterway connection between Finland and Russia



The project group meeting of the INFUTURE project was held in St.Petersburg, April 10-11th, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping.


The agenda of the meeting consisted of project management issues and also an overview on all four work packages. The project is proceeding well and project partners both from Finland and Russia has worked well together and some summaries on inland waterways systems have already been conducted. INFUTURE first report have been published and can be found in KMRA webpages: https://www.merikotka.fi/projects/infuture/?lang=en


All project partners were present at the meeting:

  • Tarja Javanainen, Kotka Maritime Research Association - Project Manager

  • Toomas Lybeck, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

  • Heli Koukkula-Teixeira, Finnish Waterway Association

  • Pekka Koskinen Finnish, Waterway Association

  • Mikhail Pimonenko, North-West Russia Logistics and Information Development Centre

  • Kari Pohjola, SeaHow Ltd

  • Tatiana Pantina, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Anatoly Burkov, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Vladimir Karetnikov, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Marina Lebedeva, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Tamara Volkova, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Yury Yatsuk, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Elena Koroleva, Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

  • Nikolay Avtutov, Marine Engineering Bureau

  • Pentti Kujala, Aalto University

  • Fang Li, Aalto University

The project team was invited to Volgo-Balt Administration in St Petersburg. Volgo-Balt Administration presented their operations and main tasks. After the presentation and discussions the project group had an opportunity to visit the vessel traffic control department and mapping department.


The INFUTURE project is funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland. Continue networking with the business community. More about the project > INFUTURE