SAFETY OF NAVIGATION IN EUROPE CAN ONLY BE GUARANTY BY THE IMPLREMENTAITON OF COMMON TRAFFIC RULES. REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN SETTLED AT DIFFERENT LEVEL IN EUROPE.
At the Rhine level
The CCNR has exclusive authority to specify police regulations for vessels navigating on the Rhine. Those rules are set out in the Police Regulation for the Navigation of the Rhine (RPNR), which is continually updated to comply with technological and economic developments. This regulation was drawn up already in the 19th century in uniform fashion throughout the full course of the Rhine, with no discrimination between vessels. Every vessel navigating on the Rhine must comply with the RPNR. The observance of the RPNR is supervised by the national water polices of the Rhine riparian states.
On other European rivers
Since river transport is extensively international in Europe, some navigation rules specific to one river apply on other waterways as well. Examples of this include the RPNM for the Moselle and the « Navigation rules on the Sava river basin ». The Danube Commission has also issued a number of recommendations with a view to standardising the rules for traffic on the Danube, even though navigation on the river complies with the rules laid down by the respective Danube countries (Article 23 of the Belgrade Convention). The RPNR, because it has been in existence for longer, has broadly inspired all these regulations.
- For the Moselle : RPNM
- For the Sava : Navigation rules on the Sava river basin
- For the Danube : Article 23 of the Belgrade Convention
At pan-European level
The RPNR, which is only legally applicable on the Rhine itself, has become reference base for the harmonisation of inland navigation rules at European level. In this view, the UNECE adopted a recommendation to create a common European basis called the CEVNI code, largely based on the RPNR. In the fifth edition of the CEVNI expected in 2015 there will be an even higher level of harmonisation among the various river commissions (CCNR, Danube Commission, Moselle Commission, Sava Commission).