River Information Services (RIS)

Need for real-time information exchange is growing in inland navigation, as it does in all other transport sectors. In this respect, exchange of traffic and transport related information between water and shore but also between vessels is essential to enhance the safety and competitiveness of inland navigation but also to increase efficiency of inland waterway transport.

River Information Services (RIS) gather all harmonized information services supporting traffic and transport management in inland navigation, including interfaces to other transport modes. RIS are aiming to safe and efficient transport process and thus contribute to an intensive use of inland waterways. RIS do not deal with internal commercial activities between carriers, but are open for connections to the commercial sector. RIS are an important contribution to the modernisation of navigation, as they pave the way towards e-navigation.

The main RIS technologies include electronic ship reporting, electronic inland navigation charts, automatic identification system (AIS), notices to skipper, and radar. All these technologies require a substantial degree of standardisation and a permanent updating of those standards.

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For the Rhine

CCNR website

All the work carried out by the CCNR is based on the RIS strategy adopted in 2012 in close conjunction with the profession. By determining the medium-term realization of RIS on the Rhine, an important milestone in the development of RIS has been reach.

For Europe


Since 2005, an EU framework directive provides minimum requirements to enable cross border compatibility of national systems.


This website present the RIS definition databse created by the PIANC working group in its Report n° 125 from 2011

For the pan-European level

UNECE website