“RTF — Using ferry real time information to optimize intermodal transport chains in the Baltic Sea Region”


within the frame of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014–2020 (ERDF part-financed)



Project’s objective is within priority no 3 of the Baltic Sea Region Interreg Programme which is sustainable transport. More specific objective is specified as interoperability of transport modes.

The aim of the RTF project is to increase interoperability in transporting goods and persons in north-south and east-west connections based on increased capacity of transport actors.

The project makes real-time information about ferry delays, cancellations and travel time prognoses available to travel planning systems that cover different modes of transport. Real-time travel information is an immensely dynamic field – and ferry transportation is currently at risk of being left behind. The project sets up a collaborative data hub for real-time ferry information to be used for smoother transport of goods and people in the Baltic Sea Region. To achieve this, key actors from ship navigation, public transport and logistics and ports combine their efforts.

 The project assumes that 11 ferry real time demo lines start operating from 2019. The lines cover the prevailing ferry line types of the Baltic Sea region and involve major ferry operators. They demonstrate benefits for 18 million passengers, three million cars, 44’000 busses, and 850’000 trailers each year. By the end of the project, the  benefit is expected to be for all relevant transport actors to generate and to utilize ferry real time information for optimising intermodal transport chains for both goods and people across the entire region.


TIME FRAME          01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020


PROJECT BUDGET              € 4 960 899,00



Lead Partner: University of Rostock, LPL, Germany

22 Project partners amongst others:

  • Estonian Small Harbours Development Center
  • Helsinki Region Transport
  • Port of Trelleborg
  • Schenker Deutschland AG
  • Stana Line Scandinavia AB
  • Swedish Maritime Administration
  • Tallinn University of Technology
  • Viking Line Abp
  • West Pomeranian University of Technology 
  • Motus Foundation

 And 23 associated partners from 8 countries: Germany, Denmark, Estonia.Finland, Latvia,Lithuania, Poland  and Sweden.