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The German ShortSeaShipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center is a public-private-partnership located in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The organisation which is co-financed by the public sector is part of a pan-European network. It was initiated in order to strengthen alternative, especially waterborne, modes of transport like shortsea- and inland waterway shipping.

SPC provides information on intra-European shipping- and rail-traffic as well as on handling options in the context of multimodal supply-chains. Its intention is to create  higher transparency on the market’s supply-side and the systemic opportunities of waterborne and rail carriage of goods, to result in an increased usage of those modes. The SPC takes on the task through consulting activities, education initiatives and public relation work.