Numerous services relevant to RIS are already sustained, particularly the use of Notices to Skippers (NtS), the Electronic Reporting of voyage-, cargo- and persons on board (ERI), Inland Electronic Navigational Charts (IENC) on board and the Automatic Identification System (AIS) for vessel tracking and tracing.
With the EuRIS platform, another
step forward has been made in providing RIS.
The development of RIS started in the ‘90’s with the following objectives:
Since 2005, a EU framework directive provides minimum requirements for RIS implementation and agreed RIS standards to enable cross-border compatibility of national systems. Comprehensive and international guidelines for RIS are continuously developed to harmonize the existing standards for particular river information systems and services within a common framework.
The policy importance of RIS is presented in various EU policy papers, i.e. EC White paper, TEN-T Guidelines, NAIADES, Logistics Action Plan.
In 2015 the EC launched the Digital Inland Waterways Activity (DINA) initiative as part of the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy of the Junkers Commission. Goal of the DINA initiative is to digitize information flows in IWT with the aim to allow for seamless integration of IWT in multimodal logistic chains.
The following services are defined in the RIS guidelines:
The most recent information on the state of affairs of the implementation of RIS can be found here https://www.cesni.eu/en