EMMA Extension is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020, which supports integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea Region.


The EMMA Extension Project (08/2019-07/2021) aims to enhance inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region by supporting digitalization in inland waterway transport (IWT) and by implementing new logistic concepts in the Baltic Sea Region.

The extension project is based on the results and recommendations of project EMMA (2016-2019), which brought inland navigation to a wider national and European agenda, strengthened its voice and successfully demonstrated feasibility of potential inland waterway transport services in the Baltic Sea Region. The EMMA Extension focuses on next steps towards further market deployment of IWT by capitalizing on the results and partnership of project EMMA and implementing practical IWT solutions. At the end of August, all seven project partners from Germany, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden gathered to the old pilot station Rosenvik on the waterfront of Stockholm to plan the co-operation in enhancing inland navigation together.

The project is led by Port of Hamburg Marketing Reg. Assoc. and is implemented together with seven project partners The total budget available amounts to EUR 999 thousand of which EUR 778 thousand is co-financed by the Baltic Sea Region Programme (ERDF). The EMMA Extension project's lifetime is from August 2019 to January 2021.

Some News


Watch the new video about EMMA Extension pilot results!

The newly published video highlights the EMMA Extension implementation activities to strenthen inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region.


EMMA Extension informed about final results!

EMMA Extension results have been disseminated towards a wide inland waterway transport stakeholder group during its final conference and towards UNECE SC.3/WP.3 Working Party on 22nd respectively 23rd June 2021. Learn more about our results!


First cargo transportations by IWW vessels from Klaipeda Seaport!

During the EMMA Extension project, several pilot sailings by IWW vessels have taken place in Lithuania, where the main inland waterway is river Nemunas and Curonian lagoon from Kaunas to Klaipeda.


Container pilot in River Vistula promoted IWT in Poland

As part of the EMMA Extension project, the commercial container transport took place on the Vistula River for the first time in history. Containers were transported from the seaport of Gdańsk to one of the factories in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.


First container transportation on Vistula waterway!

At the beginning of April, the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region will organize the first-ever transport of containers carrying real load using the Vistula waterway (International Waterway E40 and E70). The pilot is a part of the EMMA Extension project which aims to enhance inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region.


Greening of Inland Navigation, Short Sea- and River-Sea Shipping

Digital workshop on 24 March 2021 to examine the possibilities for reduction of GHG and pollutant emissions enabling inland navigation and river sea shipping to become even more sustainable and innovative in future!

Finland, Saimaa

World’s first motorised detachable icebreaking bow

The detachable bow was handed over to the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency on 3 December 2020. If winter progresses normally, the detachable bow is due to be used for icebreaking in Saimaa’s waters before Christmas

Kaunas, Lithuania

EMMA pilot cruises contributed to IWW development in Lithuania

The EMMA Extension project has marked the starting point for the development of cargo transportation by inland waterway vessels in Lithuania.

Saimaa, Finland
Video about the smart fairway pilot in Finland

Video about the smart fairway pilot in Finland online!

Smart fairway digitalization pilot improves the navigability of the fairway and increases maritime safety in Saimaa deep fairway.

Saimaa, Finland

Finnish Government proposes 90 million € for extending Saimaa locks

The locks will be extended by 11 metres by renewing and transferring the upper gates of the locks. The Saimaa Canal will also be developed by raising the water level. Government’s proposal provides a favourable environment for a new fleet.

Saimaa, Finland

Smart fairway in Saimaa contributes to safer shipping

This summer, 34 smart buoys were installed in the deep fairway for a distance of about 30 kilometers.

Tampere, Finland

EMMA project participated in Interreg Voices video campaign

Watch the video here!

Szczecin, Poland

Bridge clearance applications in Poland

The Polish EMMA Extension Pilot implements automatic readings of safe clearances under bridges across the Odra River in Szczecin.

Stockholm, Sweden

Barge traffic (part 2/2): Barge adapted for inland waterways

Barges are adapted for urban transport and can complement and make the domestic transport and distribution system more effective. But what is the current role of barges particularly in the Swedish domestic transport system?

Stockholm, Sweden

Barge traffic (part 1/2): A transport mode of its own!

Barge traffic, also known as inland navigation/inland waterway transport.
Is it a real opportunity for Sweden? Yes – read to know why!

Chorzów, Poland

EMMA Ext. introduces to the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor Forum

On December 5th and 6th 2019, the 6th the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor Forum was held in Chorzów, Poland. This is one of the few occasions in Poland for regular meetings of the stakeholders interested in the benefits of the Baltic-Adriatic Transport Corridor. EMMA Extension took part!

Stockholm, Sweden

Avatar Logistics cordially invites you for a breakfast meeting

The event is postpone due to Covid-19 pandemic. We will provide you with new information as soon as we can. Stay healthy!


EMMA Extension Project Approved!

EMMA Extension, the 1,5-year-long extension of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme’s project EMMA, had an energetic start in Stockholm.


EMMA Extenstion presented at UNECE SC.3/WP.3 Workshop

The UNECE workshop “Encouraging the realization of a modern fleet, enhancing navigation safety and fostering innovations” was held on 19th of June 2019.


ELIAS - RIS Info Portal

ELIAS is an easy to use map-based web application developed in the EMMA project which provides static and basic status information on inland waterways. Wherever possible RIS standards are applied.

Hamburg, Germany

Project EMMA reaches the end

Project EMMA wants to thank everyone for your support and being a part of this fruitful and unique three-year journey!

Geneva, Switzerland

EMMA presented results to UNECE IWT Working Party

The meeting took place in UNECE head quarter Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Saimaa, Finland

Waterways the most advantageous way of transport regarding the socio-economic impact

The Finnish Waterways fulfilled a survey on Cost Benefit Analysis at the Saimaa Lake area in co-operation with the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.

Brussels, 7th November 2018

Hand Over of EMMA Policy Paper during Final Conference

Bigger share of modal split envisaged for inland shipping in the Baltic Sea Region


Saimaa, Finland

Plans for Saimaa inland waterway development office

A new office would be responsible for the development of Saimaa freight and cruise traffic.

Norrköping, Sweden

Avatar Logistics buys the vessel MS JEHANDER

Avatar Logistics AB and Sand & Grus AB Jehander initiate cooperation on maritime transports within the Lake Mälaren.

Saimaa, Finland

Successfull Seminar Sessions during Saimaa Cruise!

Long-term plans and innovative solutions are needed to promote sustainable shipping


EMMA contributes to “BSR Access” Project Platform

Port of Hamburg Marketing, the lead Partner of EMMA, represents project EMMA in the BSR Access Platform.

Göta River

EMMA partners explored the Swedish waterways

Future investments in infrastructure were discussed on board of a 104-year-old steamship Bohuslän that sailed along the Göta River.

Baltic Sea region

EMMA ensures inland shipping a better standing in policy and society

Project EMMA, funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 20142020, has actively contributed to raising the awareness


Development of holistic corridor perspective is vital for border-crossing inland navigation

Development of transport corridors ensures smart and innovative cross-border transport and logistics services on the core transport network of the Baltic Sea R


EMMA paved the way towards a joint declaration of national IWW associations

The association Elbe Alliance (EA) organised the conference “Elbschifffahrtstag”; a joint declaration of eight IWW associations was hand over to German politicians.


Good Navigation Status guideline document published by EUCOM

In 2015 the European Commission DG MOVE published the Invitation to tender N° MOVE/B3/2015-224 concerning “Study on support measures for the implementation of the TEN-


Inland navigation solutions for regional logistics were discussed in Stockholm

The Swedish barge operator Avatar Logistics AB, one of the partners in Project EMMA, organized an inland navigation conference in Stockholm together with the City of S


EMMA was presented at the international ministerial conference in Poland

EMMA got attention at the International Ministerial Conference “Connecting by Inland Navigation”.

Lake Saimaa

Freight traffic in Lake Saimaa on the rise

Cargo volumes in Saimaa grew by 6 percent compared to the previous season.


EMMA seminar at the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR


Sweden lacks IWW classified ships despite the legislation

The EMMA expert article calls for rethinking and redoing in order to introduce a fourth means of transport in Sweden.


Study of inland motor barge navigation under ice conditions published

Together with the EMMA project partner Avatar Logistics, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) has performed a feasibility study for inland barges op


EMMA organized an excursion to the new ship’s hoist

EMMA Annual Conference was followed by an excursion to a new ship’s hoist Niederfinow.


EMMA KEO Annual Conference, 21st Feb. Berlin

Investments, innovations and transnational co-operation needed to strengthen inland shipping


AVATAR Logisitcs from SE informs about IWW

Avatar Logistics AB develops logistic solutions on the inland waterways.

Saimaa IWW Info Flyer

Our Finnish project partners developed a new information flyer about Saimaa region. Have alook at it and lear more about Finnish IWW possibilities!

Conference on Perspectives for Inland Navigation & River-Sea-Shipping Markets

We cordially invite you to the conference:

International colloquium on IWW container transport took place in Schwedt

The 21. International Oder - Colloquium entitled “Container transport in the Oder/Havel region” was organized in co-operation with project EMMA.

New locks included into the Swedish infrastructure plan

New locks found their way into the 2018-2029 national infrastructure plan in Sweden.

Video of the unique container barge pilot in Sweden published!

Have a look at the highlights of the container barge transport from Gothenburg to Port of Vänersborg via Göta River

Munich, Germany

EMMA workshop at Transport Logistic Exhibition Forum on 11/5/2017

Project EMMA participated at the Transport Logistic exhibition, which is organized at Messe München from the 9th of May to the 12th of May.

Toruń, Poland

Container cruise along the Vistula River a great success!

On the first promotional and research container cruise along the Vistula River the barge overcame the distance of 440 kilometers from Gdańsk to Warsaw within 9 days.

Hamburg, Germany
One year EMMA!

Highlights of the first year of EMMA. Short overview and illustrations :-)

The project partners from five BSR countries met in Helsinki at the 3rd all-partner meeting, which marked one year of tight co-operation within the project

Vänersborg, Sweden

Container barge pilot gained positive attention in Sweden!

Container barge transport from Port of Gothenburg to Port of Vänersborg via Göta River demonstrated a new logistics concept in Sweden.

Hamburg, Germany

First annual EMMA conference brought Baltic partners together

Around 130 participants from around the Baltic Sea Region gathered in Warsaw to discuss how to enhance inland navigation.

Warsaw, Poland
Copyright: HHM/S.Breitenbach

Enhancement of inland navigation on agenda at the Annual Conference

130 participants from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Finland and Czech Republic gathered in Warsaw on the 21st of November to discuss how to enhance inland naviga

Hamburg, Germany
Copyright: Laura Normio (EMMA project)

Public support needed to harness the potential in inland navigation

EMMA organized a panel that debated the future of inland navigation in Sweden as part of the 7th Strategy Forum for the EUSBSR.

Hamburg, Germany
Copyright: HHM/S. Breitenbach

Invitation to the Annual Conference "Enhancing Inland Navigation"

Port of Hamburg Marketing & the Chambers' Union Elbe/Oder invite you to a joint conference on “Enhancing Inland Navigation” on 21st Nov.

Hamburg, Germany
7th Forum EUSBSR

Invitation to join our EMMA panel discussion during the 7th Forum EUSBSR

EMMA cordially invites you to our panel discussion “How to embed inland navigation in transport chains?" on 8th Nov. 2016 at the 7th Forum EUSBSR.

Hamburg, Germany
Exhibition Area at FBD 2016

EMMA will exhibit on the Fehmarnbelt Days 20-22 Sept 2016 | Hamburg

EMMA will jointly exhibit on the Fehmarnbelt Days 20-22 Sept 2016 with the projects NSB CoRe, Scandria®2Act and TENTacle!

Hamburg, Germany

EMMA is the new flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

During the last meeting of the National Coordinators, the EMMA project was approved as latest flagship in the Policy Area Transport. [...]

Hamburg, Germany

Partners gathered to Kick-off meeting in Hamburg

EMMA project’s kick off meeting in Hamburg brought together 43 representatives from all 21 partner organizations from 5 countries.  [...]

Lappeenranta, Finland

Finnish Waterway Association’s traditional Winter Seminar

Finnish Waterway Association’s traditional winter seminar in Lappeenranta addressed the Saimaa Canal operating development opportunities, [...]

Antwerp, Belgium

CoRISMa project results as input for EMMA project

CoRISMa, the TEN-T Programme project, funded by the European Commission, was finished in December 2015 after two years of intense cooperation. [...]

EMMA and EMMA Extension Project are funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 supports integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region.

The Programme is an agreement between EU member states Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and the northern parts of Germany as well as partner countries Norway, Belarus and the northwest regions of Russia. The Programme is funded by the European Union and approved by the European Commission.

The Programme funds come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and Norwegian national funding. Project partners co-finance activities with their own resources.

Projects have to involve at least three partners from three different countries from the Programme area. Total project budgets typically range between EUR 1.5 and 4.5 million for seven or more partners working together for two to three years.

The Programme offers funding for four thematic priorities: (1) Capacity for Growth (2) Management of Natural Resources, (3) Sustainable Transport and (4) EU Strategy Support.

More information on aims of the programme, funding possibilities and how to get involved: https://www.interreg-baltic.eu/home.html