With advantages of large capacity, long distance, low energy consumption, low cost, less land occupation and light
pollution, inland waterway transportation becomes one of the most important constituents of the comprehensive
transportation system and comprehensive water resources utilization in China. As one of “three elements” of navigation,
waterway is the important basis for the development of water transportation and plays a key supporting role in shipping
The paper discuss how to realize the informatization and digitization of waterway management based on constructing an
integrated system of standard inland electronic navigation chart production, waterway maintenance, navigation mark
remote sensing and control, ship dynamic management, and water level remote sensing and report, which can also be the
foundation of the intelligent waterway construction.
Digital waterway construction is an information project and also has a practical meaning for waterway. It can not only
meet the growing high assurance and security requirements for waterway, but also play a significant advantage in
improving transport efficiency, reducing costs, promoting energy conservation and so on. This study lays a solid
foundation on realizing intelligent waterway and building a smooth, efficient, safe, green modern inland waterway
system, and must be considered as an unavoidable problem for the coordinated development between “low carbon”
transportation and social economic.