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Inland Water Transport


water transport

Inland water transport is a viable alternative or addition to road and rail transport on European corridors. Though environmentally-friendly and, frequently, the most economical mode of inland transport, it remains largely under-exploited in Europe. By enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of inland water transport, the UNECE Agreements and resolutions establish a comprehensive normative framework for the key aspects of inland navigation. Flyer in: English / French / Russian.

In focus

Where to navigate? The network of inland waterways in Europe and its parameters
How to navigate? The rules of inland navigation in Europe
Who can navigate? The technical parameters for inland vessels and requirements for crews


4 March 2020

The White Paper on the Progress, Accomplishment and Future of Sustainable Inland Water Transport is available for download in English, French and Russian.

29 November 2018

Romania signed the Ministerial Declaration “Inland Navigation in a Global Setting”.

18 April 2018

The International Ministerial Conference “Connecting by Inland Navigation” was held in Wroclaw, Poland. See also the conference website and the press release.