Electronic Ship Reporting


Electronic Ship reporting and electronic messaging is the path to a paperless environment in inland shipping. All necessary information is available at the right time and in the right place. The messages address the parties concerned to ensure a fast dispatch and transparent procedures with appropriate controls and simplified water transport processes.

Information on vessel and cargo data over a large area is important for all those participating in transport operations: authorities, lock operators, emergency services, port operators and fleet operators. These are the reasons why electronic ship reporting systems are being set up.

Pursuant to Resolution 2019-II-7 the principal missions of the temporary Working group for Electronic Reporting International (CESNI/TI/ERI) shall be:

  • to prepare proposals for the revision of the technical specifications for the Standard Electronic Reporting International (ERI Standard), as referred to in CESNI’s multi-annual work programme for 2019-2021;

  • to provide advice regarding the proper implementation of the standards in the field of River Information Services (RIS), in particular regarding ERI;

  • to provide advice and analysis on standards in the field of RIS, in particular regarding ERI.

The development tasks proposed to CESNI/TI/ERI for the period 2019-2021 are as follows :

  • to prepare a revision of the technical specifications for electronic ship reporting (ERI Standard, Edition 1.4)

  • to draft a proposal to develop and update ERI XSD

  • to draft a proposal to define Error codes in the ERIRSP message

  • to prepare a preliminary draft for an ERI Test Standard

  • to draft a proposal to standardise ERIVOY message

ERI Standard:

The Standard for Electronic Ship Reporting in Inland Navigation describes the formats of messages, and data items and codes are to be used in electronic ship reporting for the different functions of RIS.

The technical specifications for electronic ship reporting (ERI Standard) are required in Directive 2005/44/EC on harmonised river information services on the inland waterways in the Community (hereinafter referred to as the RIS Directive). This refers to the four key technologies, including the electronic ship reporting (ERI Standard). The technical specifications were published with the Commission's Implementing regulation (EC) n°2019/1744 of 17 September 2019 on technical specifications for electronic ship reporting in inland navigation and repealing Regulation (EU) No. 164/2010.

Latest edition of the ERI Standard - Edition 1.3:
  • Contains the basic and most important recommendations for electronic reporting. Some of the rules and recommended practices for special measures will have to be complemented once further experience has been gained.

  • Addresses the relation between private parties (shippers, terminal operators and fleet managers) and public parties (waterway authorities and public ports). The relationship between private parties without the involvement of public partners (e.g. the relationship between skippers and terminal operators) is not addressed.

Download here the last version of the ERI standard