Inland waterway transport can be a reliable and efficient solution for oversize cargo transport in Lithuania. In the Lithuanian EMMA pilot, the conditions and prerequisites for using inland shipping for oversized cargo transports will be analysed.

In Lithuania many bridges are constructed to carry a maximum load of 200 tons, which is not enough for the heavy cargo transportation. Since inland waterways have good development possibilities in regards to the cargo transportation, the solution could be the development of oversize and heavy cargo service line using rivers. EMMA project partners focus on the heavy goods transportation connection from the Port of Klaipėda to its hinterland along the River Neman (Nemanus in Lithuanian), which is the largest river in Lithuania. In this pilot, links and technical possibilities between Lithuanian inland waterways and European inland waterway system will also be examined.

 

Interview with the country coordinator

Contact: Vytautas Paulauskas, vytautaskltc@gmail.com
NPPE Klaipeda Shipping Research Centre

 

How would you describe your national pilot?

In the Lithuanian pilot, namely “Oversize cargo transportation by Lithuanian inland waterways”, the project milestones are oversize cargo transportation, data collection and analysis, studying possible oversize cargo forecast methodologies as well as analysis and draft design of the possible transport means, namely barges.

What are its expected results?

The expected results of this pilot should be oversize cargo transportation forecast, preparation of oversize cargo transport corridors as well as draft design of a special barge for the oversize cargo transportation. This pilot project should increase the safety and sustainable possibilities for oversize cargo transportation, have a positive influence on the environmental impacts and decrease oversize cargo transportation costs as well as occupation of roads by oversize cargo in the western and central regions of Lithuania.

How is the pilot proceeding?

The pilot is proceeding well. We are collecting and analysing different kinds of data related to for instance cargo flows and water levels. We are also having interesting discussions with various actors with an aim to enhance the possibilities of oversize cargo transportation in the area.

What kind of value do the project and the pilot bring to the region?

The Lithuanian national pilot in the EMMA project is important for the development of oversize cargo transportation from the Port of Klaipėda to the eastern and southern regions of Lithuania, the north-eastern region of Poland as well the western region of Belarus.

What are your thoughts and experiences of the EMMA project?

During the EMMA project, project partners receive new research results. Best practices in the implementation of oversize cargo transportation via inland waterways should stimulate further use of inland waterways for the transportation of oversize cargo in the Baltic Sea Region.