Changing market needs and new city distribution requirements can create new transport potential for water-ways. These potentials have to be identified in close collaboration with the key stakeholders.
Work out customer needs
This addresses stakeholders and potential partners. Requirements related to new concepts and sites can be identified in form of interviews and informal interactions. Local companies should be integrated.
Develop smart concepts
New potentials or market needs require smart solutions. Before developing projects, existing concepts and transfer potentials should be considered. Overall objective should be an increased sustainability and efficiency.
Develop business case
A business case that respects financial and organisational aspects allows an assessment of the economic viability of the project. If the result is positive, the project should be realised.
A developed concept should be tested under real conditions. A test contributes to identify open questions or barriers, which should find reporting, modification and clarification afterwards.
Market trends, regulatory limitations, competitive landscape and available resources should be assessed in order to decide on the feasibility of the project.
Consider social costs
The consideration of social costs will clarify if social aspects can support the project idea and realisation. The range of variables that may be considered should be defined by the decision makers.