Drivers and Barriers for Inland Waterway Transportation–Lessons Learnt
Paper i proceeding, 2019

Inland waterway (IWW) transportation in Sweden could be a substitute for road transports with the prospects of improving the environmental performance. For a successful modal shift it is important to understand the drivers and barriers for the shift and develop strategies to leverage the drivers and mitigate the barriers. This study aims to identify drivers and barriers for IWW transportation based on successful benchmark cases in the Netherlands. Furthermore, based on the learning from these benchmarks the study aims to point out strategic actions for Sweden regarding IWW.  The results showed that main drivers for IWW are congestion relief, cost reduction and lower environmental impact. On the other hand, main barriers are slow pace of development, high investment costs and poor hinterland connectivity. For a successful modal shift in Sweden, it is crucial to prepare governmental support, a change in stakeholders’ mindset, decisive attitude to modal shift process and a strong long-term perspective.



intermodal transportation

inland waterway transportation

modal shift


Violeta Roso

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Ceren Altuntas Vural

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Anna Abrahamsson


Matilda Engström


Sara Rogerson

SSPA Sweden AB

Vendela Santén

SSPA Sweden AB


9th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management OSCM
Ho Chi Minh, ,


Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak, 2019-09-01 -- 2022-08-31.




Transportteknik och logistik

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