Inland waterways: investments and innovation will make this transport reliable, flexible, and agile

At the event “Role of Inland Waterways Transport in the Framework of EU’s Mobility and Supply Policy” organised by the European Barge Union on 17 November 2022, ESC Secretary General Godfried Smit stressed that inland shipping is in a good position since it is:

  • less energy intensive,
  • less labour intensive,
  • and  green.

For governments (EU and MS), it is a must to invest in infrastructure in the coming years. Shippers’ expectations from the sector are reliability, flexibility, and agility. “We need a fleet capable of overcoming the challenges in the years to follow, a fleet that is able to cope with consequences of climate change (low waters). A diversified fleet including small but foremost innovative ships”.

For the entire event summary, please see here.