Voies Navigables de France (VNF) has published its 2022 Activity Report under the theme “Fluvial Transport in Service of Ecological Planning. VNF’s actions enable the management of water resources more effectively and reconcile their diverse uses in the public interest. The network is structured and organized throughout France, with dedicated personnel who is committed to rigorous infrastructure management, resource efficiency, and environmental responsibility.
VNF has established a ten-year roadmap, and a Performance and Objective Contract signed with the State, which outlines six commitments. At the three-year mark, VNF will provide an initial assessment of progress.
- A significantly increased investment program
- Development of logistics routes integrating inland waterways
- Strengthened fluvial economic model on territories
- Reinvestment in fluvial employment
- Development of digital technologies and renewable energies
- Implementation of exemplary social support
In 2022, 30% of freight activity was driven by the agricultural sector, showcasing the significant role of inland waterway transport. This year marked as well a record-breaking year for container traffic, with 605,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) handled.