The APRICOT project has been conceived to meet the challenges set by the Integrated Transport Chain scheme of the 4th Framework Programme to increase the competitiveness of intermodal transport and offering an initial step forward towards the goal of sustainable mobility.
The innovative aspect of the APRICOT project is the systematic integration of the inland waterway system in optimal logistic door-to-door chains outside the narrow scheme of the river Rhine area by linking the benefits of inland navigation to the merits of rail transport to the destination areas in South and Southeast Europe and road service for the final distribution in the local areas.
The APRICOT project will achieve this through a series of four complementary workpackages designed to:
- Isolate the required data base and establish a requirements profile for integrated transport chains;
- Structure advanced trimodal transport chains for the corridors under review from a technical and organisational point of view;
- Prove of cost effectiveness and efficiency of advanced trimodal transport chains;
- Evaluate the economical and ecological impact and formulate recommendations for future implementation.
These actions are carried out on a European level by a trans-European consortium consisting of partners of different competencies and experience and the integration of a high-powered user group.
The Netherlands - Germany - Switzerland - Italy,
The Netherlands - Germany - Austria - Italy,
The Netherlands - Germany - Austria - Hungary.
APAS - Inland Waterway transport system (DG VII), IMPULSE (DG VII Intermodal), EUROSIL (DG VII Strategy) EMOLITE (DG VII Strategy), Task Force Transport Intermodality (DG VII), EUDET (DG VII Waterborne), SHIFTING CARGO (DG VII Waterborne)
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
6814 JD Arnhem