Inland water transport, including rivers and canals, represents an important, alternative and environmentally friendly way of transporting goods. Inland water vessels can carry the equivalent of between 14 and 500 truckloads and the total external cost of transport amounts to only EUR 10 per 1,000 tonne kilometres.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) works for smooth and efficient inland water transport across the region, as well as for further expansion of networks to take ultimate advantage of this safe and sustainable mode of transport.
7 June 2013
Operational Use of Inland AIS for skippers
The VTT Expert Group (VTT EG) has developed a document for the use of Inland AIS mobile stations on board of inland navigation vessels. The target group of the document is the skipper on board. This document is entitled "Operational use of Inland AIS". So far the leaflet is in English only and is available for translation into other languages. The costs for translations are to be borne by the requesting party. For any questions regarding a possible translation of the leaflet please contact Annick Javor or Stefan Bober.
2 April 2013
All stakeholders in European inland navigation are kindly requested to fill out an online questionnaire (circa 70 questions) to assist the European Commission in modernizing requirements for professional qualifications in inland navigation. Your contribution will help reflect the specific requirements on river basins and countries outside the European Union. Deadline: 21 June 2013.
24 January 2013
26th World Canals Conference in Toulouse (France) (16-19 September 2013). The topics of the Conference:
15 October 2012
12 October 2012
UNECE calls for increased use of the environment-friendly inland waterways: see the press release.