Stability guide for container barging

Practical guide available in four languages                                 

CCNR published recently a stability guide for container transport in inland navigation. To achieve this ready-to-use practical guide ESO, EBU, Aquapol and CCNR did work closely together.  For the benefit of all stakeholders on board and ashore it is decided to publish this guide to good practice in container barging.
The guide illustrates in an easy-way the basic principles of stability and shows real-life (tried and tested) examples influencing stability in a positive way.

The target groups for this guide include as well the inland container navigation boatmasters as the crew members responsible for the stability and safety of their vessel in every day situations.
At the same time, this guide is also helpful for employees in all sectors closely associated with IWT, e.g. for employees of relevant authorities, terminal staff, forwarders, etc.

You can download the guide by clicking one of the flags above.

50 Years of Social Dialogue in IWT

…….sector striving towards a sustainable and prosperous future …

The European Social Partners in Inland Waterways Transport, EBU (European Barge Union), ESO (European Skippers’ Organisation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) celebrate 50 years of social dialogue.  The tasks facing the Social Partners now will change fundamentally as new challenges emerge rapidly in the area of automation and digitalisation.

“In this process the instrument of Sectoral Social Dialogue has proven to be indispensable and the Social Partners express their thanks to the Commission for its continued commitment and support.” says Jacques Kerkhof, President of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Inland Waterways Transport.

The European Social Partners are committed to addressing all these challeges in an open spirit and striving to create an IWT sector offering an attractive career perspective to current and future boatmen and boatwomen based on the pillars of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

View this link for the full press release.

IWT market report spring 2017

Special focus on mineral oil industry  (german, french and dutch versions available)

The new quarterly report on European inland navigation, written by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) in partnership with the European Commission, is now available.

In particular, this report analyses in detail the first three quarters of 2016 in terms of traffic compared to 2015,  as well as the economic situation of important sectors for the inland navigation. In addition to its usual topics (economic context, freight traffic on inland waterways and in ports, operating conditions and outlook) it includes a special focus on the mineral oil industry.

  Pdf version of the report / Online version of the report

  PDF-Version des Berichts / Online-Version des Berichts

  Version pdf de ce rapport / Version en ligne de ce rapport

  PDF-versie van dit verslag / Online-versie van dit verslag

CLINSH looks for green entrepreneurs

Investigation into effectiveness of emission reducing and alternative fuels  United-Kingdom(Great-Britain)   Netherlands   Germany

The European demonstration project CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH) invests in sustainable waterborne transport. In February 2017, operators, who wish to make their vessels more sustainable, will be invited to tender on this project, on condition they are willing to add to existing knowledge about emissions-reducing technology.
The Dutch province of Zuid-Holland is the lead partner in the CLINSH project, which involves sixteen other partners in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Monitoring of results ‘conditio sine qua non’
The tender procedure addresses two groups of 15 vessels each. The first group has already installed equipment to reduce emissions or sail on alternative fuel. The other group will be fitted with the aforementioned equipment or will be adapted to alternative fuels.
Both groups will be fitted with monitoring equipment which measures emissions over a period of between one and two years. This will provide valuable information about the environmental performance of each technology and how its use affects operating costs.
The selected participants will receive financial compensation up to a certain amount.

Conditions of tendering and participation can be found in these press releases:                United-Kingdom(Great-Britain)   Netherlands   Germany


CCNR market report – Winter 2016/2017

IWT needs to anticipate to Europe’s new energy policies                       pdf   United-Kingdom(Great-Britain)  Netherlands   Germany   France

The new quarterly report on European inland navigation, written by the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) in partnership with the European Commission, is now available. With respect to 2nd quarter transport 2016, this report analyses in particular the consequences of the period of low water conditions that affected the sector at the end of 2015 as well as the upward turn in activity at the beginning of 2016.
In addition to its usual topics (economic context, freight traffic on inland waterways and in ports, operating conditions and outlook) it includes a special focus on the steel industry.

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Give your opinion on AIS and e-Charts until Jan. 3

CCNR survey on Inland AIS devices and electronic chart systems

“Your opinion counts!” >

The CCNR (Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine) wants to assess the implementation of the obligation to fit an Inland AIS device and a system for displaying electronic charts. Therefore skippers, authorities, and companies using these equipment are invited to take part in a survey on this item.
The survey is extended until next January 3.

The full press relase can be downloaded in     United-Kingdom(Great-Britain)       Netherlands       Germany       France

With a view to ensuring greater safety for navigation on the Rhine and providing skippers with more
information, the CCNR introduced an obligation to fit Inland AIS devices and Inland ECDIS or comparable devices for displaying electronic charts, in force since 1 December 2014.

Finding out about your experiences, difficulties and suggestions
The decision has been in force for two years now, and the CCNR would like to carry out an assessment
to find out what people’s experience of it has been and what difficulties have been encountered, thereby providing the parties affected by the new regulations with an opportunity to propose improvements. This will enable the CCNR to take account of grassroots requirements and constraints when drawing up
future regulations, and it is therefore inviting anyone who wishes to take part in the assessment of these prescriptions and their evolution to answer an anonymous on-line questionnaire.
This survey is accessible at:

Daniela Rosca succeeds Dimitrios Theologitis

Reorganisation of directorate-general for mobility and transport

The new DG MOVE organisation chart is online. Daniela Rosca is now officially in charge of Ports and Inland Navigation. Sophie Cabanis, national expert from France, has left and Marta Wolska, national expert from Poland, joined the unit to work on technical requirements and the European Hull Database.

The former director of IWT business, Dimitrios Theologitis, will stay on as senior adviser until March 2017. As of December, Theologitis will be the assistant of the new Croatian deputy director general Maja Bakran-Marcich.

EBU, INE, EFIP and ESO met also with the new director Magda Kopczynska on 25 October. She deals with innovative and sustainable mobility affairs within DG-MOVE. It was a constructive and open meeting during which she stressed that she considers IWT as a distinct sector from maritime, but looks for coordination when relevant. At the same time, she also favours coordination with other directorates such as land transport and infrastructure.


Left is Daniela Rosca, she is replacing Dimitrios Theologitis and on the right is Magda Kopczynska

This first meeting was mainly aimed at exchanging information on priorities (infrastructure, IWT in H2020, RIS review) and getting to know each other.


IWT urges EU on approval MFF budget

The European Barge Union (EBU), European Skippers Organisation (ESO) and
Inland Navigation Europe (INE) call on the EU institutions to approve the review of
the EU budget 2014-2020.

Jointly with 30 European transport associations we call on the European Parliament and
the Council to approve the Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual
Financial Framework. The proposal foresees an increase of EUR 1.4 billion for the
Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget. The current proposal would contribute to
enhancing the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and job creation, which
at the moment employs directly and indirectly 20 million people (10% of total EU

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Flanders’ green IWT support programs

Minister Weyts launches two complementary measures to green IWT. Technological developments allow Technological developments allow to convert environmental benefits into concrete actions.
Barge Entrepreneurs can submit an application from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017  to Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV or to ‘ nv De Scheepvaart to be eligible for the support measures ‘engine replacement small vessels’ or ‘after-treatment technologies on board medium and large vessels’.

Both these measures aim to modernize the fleet, whereas at the same time the air quality in Flanders will improve. It also strengthens the competitiveness of inland waterway transport in Flanders, which means that IWT guarantees the future supplying of companies located on the flemish waterways.

Here you’ll find the full dutch press release:  Netherlands

Full details on after treatment support:

Full details on support measures for engine replacement:

CESNI launches own website

CESNI (European Committee for drawing up Standards in the field of Inland Navigation) was set up in 2015 under the auspices of the CCNR in order to harmonise European legislation on inland navigation.

One of CESNI’s constant concerns is to provide more information on current topics and on the
functioning of this new central body in inland navigation; to achieve this it now has its own
website, at

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