The project also aims to strengthen the role of inland shipping in vocational training institutions in order to turn students and young entrepreneurs into ambassadors of inland shipping.

The core element of the project is a platform which enables students and young entrepreneurs to develop digital tools for the inland shipping sector. The ideas can range from simulation, planning and monitoring instruments, data analytics and controlling applications to smart information systems.

Barges are 4% of hinterland transport to and from the ports. For this reason, upgrading the Middle Weser, which links Bremen with the German canal network, can help continuing that increase.

The project will have two stages. Firstly, the participants will have six months to come up with ideas and submit prototypes. Bremenports will provide mentoring support. The competition will have with an award ceremony, at the end, to present the prizes to the winners in three categories: the Innovation Award, the Student Award and the Industry Award.