The economy, energy & climate policy and digitalisation drive transport changes, including in inland waterways transport. A flatlining economy and austerity have led to a historic low in infrastructure investment – which is necessary to keep transport flowing and to create jobs.
The decarbonisation of transport is led by the COP21 Climate Agreement in Paris and EU Energy Union & Climate Goals. Inland shipping contributes by its works on smart steaming and clean energy while a sustainable vessel lifecycle ensures a low production footprint.
Digitalisation and automation transform transport business models, while River Information Services evolve from a safety system to a logistics ecosystem where authorities provide and enable services which facilitates the use of waterway transport in supply chain solutions.Read more in our annual report for 2015
Inland Navigation Europe (INE) is the European platform of national & regional waterway managers and organisations promoting inland waterways transport.INE members share the deep conviction that moving more goods by water, in regions and cities with accessible and navigable rivers and canals, will boost sustainable mobility in Europe.
We relentlessly advocate for EU transport, infrastructure and digital policy that makes inland shipping easier-to-use. Inland waterways is the fastest grower after road transport. More freight by water develops regions, relieves congestion and reduces transport carbon footprint. Read more…
EU inland waterway policy
NAIADES 2, the EU inland waterway transport action plan is in implementation with harmonisation of technical requirements, education and greening of the fleet. INE and its partners campaign for an ambitious follow-up and continuity in funding. Read more….
Towards an EU waterway core network
Waterway managers are committed to lift bottlenecks on waterways that stand in the way of seamless navigation. Creating a stable investment pipeline when public budgets are under pressure is a huge challenge. That requires a sound balance between grants and financial instruments in CEF. Read more…
Digital inland waterway area
The deployment of River Information Servces continues. Waterway managers have joined forces to link up national regional IT applications so EU corridor management becomes possible. The next step is a swift connection to other modes. Read more…
2014 in figures & 2015 outlook
In 2014, inland waterways shipped 552 million tonnes in total, a new after crisis record. This is an increase in tonnage by 3.3%, but we see a decrease in distances travelled. The outlook for 2015 builds on the trends of 2014. Read more…
INE members’ highlights
Just to name a few, the cross-border project Seine-Scheldt goes ahead with a near 1 billion EU grant and its opening is planned in 2023. The Belgian king opened the Lanaye lock near Liège and the FAIRway project prepares the full deployment of the Danube Infrastructure Masterplan. Our members