Possibilities of Implementation of the System of Automatic Indication of Safe Clearance under the Bridge in Poland
Purpose: In relation to the observed climate changes, the governments of countries- especially those of the European Union- pay more and more attention to the influence of the transport system on the natural environment when creating transport policy. Priority is given to the development of the branches of transport which are least harmful to the environment - rail transport and inland waterways. Due to difficult navigation conditions and poor condition of waterways in Poland, solutions are being implemented to improve the efficiency of inland navigation. One of such solutions is. Approach/Methodology/Design: The first part of the article describes the issues related to inland navigation in Poland, the River Information Services (RIS) system and describes the principles of operation of the system of automatic indication of safe clearance under the bridge. A cost analysis was then made to implement such a system on all bridges with a clearance of less than 5.25 meters on the Oder Waterway. Findings: The system of automatic indication of clearance under the bridge can significantly contribute to safer navigation, more efficient fleet utilization and reduced fuel consumption. Practical Implications: The analysis presented in the paper can serve as a guideline for state authorities and waterway managers regarding the rationale for implementing the system of automatic indication of safe clearance under the bridge and the financial outlays that should be incurred for implementing such a solution. Originality/Value: Inland navigation in Poland is very poorly developed, therefore it is necessary to analyze the possibility of implementing solutions aimed at improving its operation. The system for measuring clearance under bridges is a new solution on a national scale, but one that has a significant impact on the safety and optimization of navigation.