Inland Navigation Conference in Wroclaw on 18/19 April 2018 illustrated a worldwide trend towards the (re)vitalisation of inland shipping

The con­fe­rence, car­ri­ed out by UNECE in coope­ra­ti­on with the Polish Ministry of Maritime and Inland Navigation, pro­vi­ded a com­pre­hen­si­ve over­view of cur­rent pro­jec­ts to en­han­ce the de­ve­lop­ment of in­land wa­ter­way trans­port in Africa, Asia and Europe.

For examp­le, China is fol­lo­wing the ex­ten­si­on of the ca­nal, es­pe­ci­al­ly in the Yangtze River, is now mo­re em­pha­sis on in­crea­sing the qua­li­ty and eco-fri­end­li­ness, in­clu­ding through the es­tab­lish­ment of emis­si­on-con­trol­led are­as from 2019. China re­li­es en­t­i­re­ly on LNG. Until 2017 270 LNG ships we­re built and fur­nis­hed along the Yangtze LNG fil­ling sta­ti­ons.

The Polish go­vernment is al­so plan­ning to re­turn to in­land ship­ping, es­pe­ci­al­ly on the Vistula and the Oder. A fe­a­si­bi­li­ty stu­dy com­mis­sio­ned by the Port of Gdansk in 2017 poin­ted to the po­si­ti­ve ef­fec­ts of the Vistula. A mo­der­ni­za­ti­on of the fleet and the 108 locks is im­mi­nent in the Russian Federation.

The lat­ter should be do­ne with sta­te funds, but al­so a user fi­nan­cing is dis­cus­sed. In the Czech Republic, af­ter leng­thy con­si­de­ra­ti­on, the go­vernment has no­ted the over­whel­ming pu­blic in­te­rest in the con­struc­tion of the low-wa­ter le­vel and the lock down­stream of the Decin har­bor. This clears the way for fur­ther en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pen­sato­ry mea­su­res and con­struc­tion. As a re­sult the port of Decin will be­co­me a part of the cof­fe­red Czech wa­ter­way net­work, which will con­si­der­a­b­ly streng­t­hen its func­tion as a tri­mo­dal trans­ship­ment point es­pe­ci­al­ly for down­stream lightering’s and pay­loads upstream. As a par­ti­ci­pant,

Dr. Norbert Wagener sums up that in­land wa­ter­way trans­port is streng­t­he­ning in com­pe­ti­tiveness and gai­ning mar­ket sha­re in the above-men­tio­ned re­gi­ons pro­fit of strong in­fra­st­ruc­tu­re in­vest­ments, mo­dern con­cepts such as di­gi­tiza­ti­on, mul­ti­moda­li­ty, en­vi­ron­ment­al­ly fri­end­ly pro­pul­si­on tech­no­lo­gies and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­si­de­ra­ti­ons (“Working with Nature”).

Inland Navigation Conference in Wroclaw on 18/19 April 2018 il­lus­tra­ted a world­wi­de trend towards the (re)vitalisation of in­land ship­ping
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