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1 INTRODUCTION
The need to reduce the negative impact of road
transport on the environment is the basis for
considering the concept of reconstruction of inland
transport.
In 2017 Poland ratified the AGN Convention, it
indicates the direction of development of the inland
waterway network in Europe [1,2]. The AGN
Convention‐The European Agreement on Main
InlandWaterwaysofInternationalImportance,which
wasconcludedinGenevaon19January1996.AGNʹs
goalistointroducearegulatoryframeworkthatwill
establishacoordinatedplanforthedevelopmentand
construction of inland waterways networks of
international importance and established
infrastructure
andoperational parameters.TheAGN
Conventioncoversaninlandwaterwaynetworkofa
total length of more than 27,000 km, connecting 37
Europeanports[3].
There arethree sections of international
waterwaysinPoland(Fig.1):
E30‐connecting the Baltic Sea from the port of
SwinoujsciethroughtheOder,thefuture
Danube
OdraElbeCanalthrough theDanube to
Bratislava,
E40‐connecting the Baltic Sea from Gdansk via
Vistula to Warsaw, Narew and Bug to Brest and
further through the Dnepr to the Black Sea in
Odessa,
E70‐connectingtheOdraRiverfromtheestuary
of the OdraHavel
Canal to the Warta estuary in
Kostrzyn, via Bydgoszcz, the Lower Vistula and
Szkarpawa or the Vistula River to the Vistula
Lagoon, creating a European waterway route
betweenRotterdamandKlaipeda[13].
By ratifying the AGN Convention, Poland has
committed itselfto upgradingthe main waterways
toatleastIV
classofnavigability.Table1 showsthe
inlandwaterwayoperatingparameters.Waterwaysof
Classes Ia, Ib, II and III have been classified as of
Evaluation of the Possibility of Using Hybrid Electric-
Propulsion Systems for Inland Barges
A.Łebkowski
GdyniaMaritimeUniversity,Gdynia,Poland
ABSTRACT: The paper presents issues related to the possibility of using an electric propulsion system for
inland craft, in this particular case selfpropelled barges. Perspectives for development of inland water
transportinPoland arepresented.Historicalengineeringdesignsusedinwatertransportattheturn
ofthe19th
and20thcenturiesareshown.Thecurrentstatusofstockusedininlandnavigationalongwiththeconditionof
waterwaysavailableinPolandispresented.Energyconsumptionbyinlandcraftusingvariousconfigurations
ofpropulsionsystemsisdiscussed,alongwithcomparisonofenergyconsumptionduringtransportof
goods
usingroadtransport,railtransportandinlandwaterwaytransport.Inadditiontothehybridelectricanddiesel
propulsionsystems,thealternativeistousetheelectricrailmulesformovingthebarges.
http://www.transnav.eu
the International Journal
on Marine Navigation
and Safety of Sea Transportation
Volume 12
Number 2
June 2018
DOI:10.12716/1001.12.02.05