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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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Spring session CDNI conference

The attached press release shows several decisions taken by the CDNI contracting parties at the last 2016 meeting. Major changes in Part B (load remains and discharge certificate for dry cargo and tanker) and the more specific degasing for tankers will soon be communicated more extensively.

Choose the press release in your own language: EN  –  DE  –  FR  – NL

ESO regrets EP decision NRMM

European Parliament agrees on NRMM regulation on requirements relating to emis-sion limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery (COM (2014) 581 – C8-0168/2014 – 2014/0268 (COD)).

ESO regrets that the Commission, Council and Parliament have not followed the proposal of the inland shipping industry to comply with the American standards for new emission for inland vessels. (full pdf-version)

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Innovation power on TEN-T days

TEN-T_BulcOn June 20, 2016 high level representatives from the European Union and from the sector joined the
VIP-event ‘Inland navigation and ports in action’ in Rotterdam at the TEN-T days in the historical Van Nelle factory near Rotterdam.
On this occasion official delegations visited innovative pallet barges with cranes on board.
Motivated and talented people are what makes the sector great and is what the future of the sector relies on. Therefore several future generation captains received their certificate to mark this memorable day. (pdf-document)

Statements of Commissioner and Minister 

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More EU budget to transport

The Commission is preparing a mid-term review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) or the EU budget 2014-2020.

The Connecting Europe Facility, which co-finances many transport infrastructure and innovation projects, was reduced from €33.2 to €30.4 billion last year further to the set-up of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI or Juncker Plan).
The impact on transport was particularly hard: the loss amounted to €2.2 billion of potential grants or almost the equivalent of the co-financing budget necessary to resolve all critical sections in the EU waterway network.

Together with 25 transport associations, the inland waterway organisations Inland Navigation Europe, European Barge Union and European Skippers’Organisation urge the European Parliament and the Council to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

Duursema SG ESO

Brussels, March 2nd, 2015

Last Saturday, 28th of February, Mrs. Hester Duursema was appointed unanimously as the new Secretary General of the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO).
She succeeds Mr. Henk van der Velde, who after many years of fulfilling this role, wanted to resign. He will however be still available for ESO and due to an existing vacancy he has been appointed as interim vice-president of ESO.
Both nominations take effect immediately.

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ESO calls on principals tanker shipping

The European Skippers Organisation (ESO) is very concerned about the increasingly deteriorating market situation of the inland tanker shipping, and subsequently about the potential impact on the Safety and Quality of the transport of the various liquid products on the waterways.
Despite the efforts of the sector to maintain the necessary safety and quality level, the current freights are inadequate and are endangering even the minimum level. Not to mention lagging necessary investments.

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