Infrastructure : vision, mission, objectives


Inland Navigation can only function at its best when there is infrastructure (existing or new) that is navigable at all times, properly maintained, fit to be used by existing and future fleets and matches with transportation needs. In return IWT should constantly cooperate with Infrastructure Management (Waterway Managers) in matters that safeguard the environment (waterquality, fauna, habitat, etc)
Based on this vision, the Committee will further push the TEN-T Corridors for allowing an increased and more cost effective integration of IWT in the complete transportsystem and in that sense reach a higher modal shift while not forgetting matters like Water Framework Directive and alike.
The goal should be a consistent network, meeting the Good Navigation Status by 2030, minimum waterdepth and free airdrafts requirements as set in the guidelines. Furthermore there should be have a open digital network on international supported communication between all parties involved in IWT, including the waterway managers, the shippers and the barge owners/ operators. Free of barriers, free of bureaucratic burden in one Europe. The infrastructure should be prepared where possible to be fit for future, taking climate changes into consideration both in flood and drought situations.

Ports and terminals should be positioned that a multimodal shift can take place where needed and/ or required.

Lastly the infrastructure shall meet the requirements of social aspects of the barge operators, its crews and maintenance people, accessible with berthing, car droppings, safe anchor places and means to connect to the “land” for their needs to socialize, rest and exchange crewmembers.

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Launch of IWT

Since the launch of IWT platform on 21/1/2019, during which DG Move’s Director General gave an inspiring speech, the IWT platform did not sit still. Indeed, we had regular meetings with the policymakers in DG-MOVE discussing social, environmental, technological and other matters. We actively participated in meetings organised by ALICE and WATERBORNE, driving further research and innovation. And we made clear to the European Commission that we want to be at the forefront in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) ; a forum that aims to digitalise all B2B and B2A communication across the whole transportchain

At the same time we contributed (and still are) contributing to the organisation of the upcoming event under the Finnish Presidency to show innovation in our sector in the Port of Brussel on October 16 and are working on a joint IWT & ports sector narrative that soon will be published. Both initiatives are aiming at convincing the “newcomers” in the Commission and Parliament about the potential Inland Waterway shipping has. Outside “Brussels”, IWT took the stage on many different occasions and left those stages with a positive feedback in our backpockets..

That, and much more, happened since IWT’s launch, but although not fully operational before that time, a lot was done already during 2018. What was done, how it was done and by whom and what we aim for in 2019 and beyond can be read in this report.

Last but not least we created this website. Though it is still work in progress, it is time  “ go live “ . When surfing you will be able to discover IWT’s origin and structure, its objectives, its team and a lot more. It’s the ambition to report through the website about the work done by the respective Committees and to inform relevant stakeholders about what IWT considers as important matters