In Chapter 11 ES-TRIN (European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation vessels), you can find the new rules for electric propulsion of inland vessels. These rules are applicable as of January 1, 2020.

These complex regulations require however some proper explanation to give. Inland shipping industry has repeatedly stressed the importance of a good communication regarding Chapter 11 ES-TRIN and the new rules. As a result of those efforts, you can now examine a Frequently Asked Questions document.

This FAQ applies to all vessels but account needs to be taken of the additional requirements applicable to passenger vessels.

It is available in 4 languages via the below links:

We hope that the FAQs will be helpful for you. Their content reflects the interpretation of the European Committee for drawing up Standards in the field of Inland Navigation (CESNI) as regards the provisions of ES-TRIN, hence it must not be considered or intended as a legally binding text for any reason whatsoever.

Lijdia Pater – de Groot
IWT Platform Nautical and Technical Committee