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eIWT: Electronic tool for Inland Waterways Transport: Requirements

The Commission adopted in February 2016 a proposal for a Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation. The proposal sets a new competence based approach, which will allow the recognition of qualifications across the EU and provide for new career opportunities. The Commission proposal foresees the harmonisation of the format and procedure related to Service Record Books (SRBs) and logbooks (LBKs) at EU level and facilitates the electronic exchange of information through the setting up of registers and a central database. In doing so, it paves the way for the introduction of electronic tools, with a view to reduce the administrative burden whilst rendering the documents less prone to tampering. There is a need for a reliable tool for crew members' professional record facilitating the implementation of the future Directive on the recognitions of professional qualifications and, optionally, providing a platform for additional IWT electronic services. In this context, JRC provides to the Commission, through the eI2WT project specific assistance for the characterization of options for an architecture covering, as a minimum, electronic SRB and LBK. This report (D.3 – Requirements) is the 3rd and final deliverable of the study. It has the purpose of outlining the functional requirements of the eIWT system, as conceived and outlined already at the inception report (D.1). The eIWT functional requirements are structured in nine (9) use- cases that describe in the best way all practical aspects and implications of eIWT. They have been the object of extensive consultation with the relevant stakeholders. A preliminary qualitative evaluation of the foreseen impact of the electronic tools when fully applied is provided. The concept and basic architecture of eIWT, which will aggregate and link information regarding the crew and the vessel, can indeed be one of the main implementation tools for DINA (Digital Inland Navigation Area), an initiative launched by the Commission with the aim of further integrating and rationalizing the digital services related to IWT.