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.
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.
26 June 2012
The Russian Federation informed UNECE on changes in its national legislation concerning the approval of a list of inland waterways and ports accessible for the navigation of recreational craft under foreign flags.
Navigation by racing sail vessels and recreational craft is regulated by the Navigation Rules on Inland Waterways of the Russian Federation for Racing Sail Vessels and Recreational Craft under Foreign Flags introduced by Governmental Decree No. 472 of 12 May 2012 of the Russian Federation, which entered into force on 25 May 2012.
For more information, please see Informal document No. 17/Rev.1 (2012).