Around 2.5 million containers are transported annually on the German waterways. On the one hand, the waterways are of outstanding importance for the functioning of the economy. On the other hand, the infrastructure of the artificial federal waterways, including canals and locks, is outdated. Floods or possible terrorist attacks also pose a threat to the waterway infrastructure. Furthermore, it is not known what consequences the failure of individual critical elements of this system may have for other transport infrastructures, the economy and the population in the affected regions.
The PREVIEW-project pursues the central goal of increasing the resilience of the waterway infrastructure in Germany. To this end, five consortium partners are investigating over a period of three years the possible effects of the failure of critical waterway infrastructure on other transport infrastructures, on logistics, on neighboring industries and on the population of neighboring regions as part of a holistic risk management approach.