CCNR launches Observatory of European Inland Navigation !

Access to reliable and relevant information is essential for the smooth operation of inland navigation in Europe and for its sustainable development. To meet this growing demand, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) has now made the Observatory of European Inland Navigation available.

The purpose of this online platform is to connect users with the information or body they specifically seek regarding inland navigation, and to do so as efficiently as possible. The Observatory of European Inland Navigation presents a general overview of the sector, covering topics involving infrastructures, crews and training courses, an analysis of the actual market, and also of sustainable development policies in the sector, innovations in development, and the legal framework governing river transport in Europe. The Observatory can be accessed by the general public as well as by crew members and decision-makers. Members of the public will find key information for an understanding of the prospects inland navigation has to offer. Crew members and both public and private decision-makers will find either the information they are looking for immediately, or will be redirected to the most relevant specialist Internet sites. Initially, the site will only be available in English, but the development of versions in Dutch, French and German is currently being investigated.

Putting the Observatory of European Inland Navigation online achieves the objective “Information” of the Vision 2018 determined by the CCNR in December 2013 with a view to ensuring the sustainable development of inland navigation in Europe, and follows on from the launch of the online databank of projects for the use of LNG in inland navigation, which received an enthusiastic welcome in October 2013. The databank was a pilot project; it now forms an integral part of the Observatory, under INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGIES> LNG.

It is intended that the Observatory of European Inland Navigation will evolve according to the requirements of stakeholders, and additional information will become available in the coming months and years. As of now, the CCNR invites those partners who wish to make their contribution to the Observatory to contact its Secretariat in order to look into the possibility of setting up a partnership. To pass on your opinions or information on your ideas for developing the Observatory of European Inland Navigation, please send an e-mail to the following address :

New LNG map displays progress of LNG market introduction in inland navigation and Wadden Sea shipping

Following the industry’s very positive reception of the LNG project database launched in October last year, the Observatory of Inland Navigation in Europe has been upgraded with new functions to become the most comprehensive information platform on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as alternative fuel in inland and Wadden Sea navigation.

Henceforth an interactive map displays all currently operative and planned LNG infrastructures and vessels in Europe. Additionally, a calendar announces upcoming LNG events in the sector. These new functions will make it easier for stakeholders to identify potential partners and synergies. In order to reduce its air pollutant emissions, the shipping industry is increasingly making use of LNG. Thus, four inland vessels with LNG propulsion are already in operation, and more than 25 LNG vessels – for use on inland waterways or the Wadden Sea – are currently under development. With one single click, it is now possible to view the overall state of progress in the implementation of LNG technology.

The LNG information platform is an initiative of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine in partnership with Nationaal LNG Platform, LNG-Initiative Nordwest and MariTIM by MARIKO GmbH, TaskForce LNG Noord-Nederland/Energy Valley as well as LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube coordinators Pro Danube Management GmbH and Port of Rotterdam Authority. The extended platform is also one of the CCNR’s first achievements in implementing its “VISION 2018 for sustainable inland navigation” adopted at the end of last year. VISION 2018 calls, among other things, for encouraging innovation in favour of alternative fuels (more information at

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CCNR and its partners launch Internet platform for LNG inland navigation projects

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) and its partners Nationaal LNG Platform, LNG-Initiative Nordwest, MariTIM, Pro Danube Management GmbH (LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube) and TaskForce LNG Noord-Nederland/Energy Valley are pleased to announce the launch of their Internet platform. The site presents all the LNG projects that have already been carried out in European inland navigation and those that are currently on-going or planned.

Reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases is a major priority for inland navigation. The use of LNG as an alternative fuel is one of the key initiatives in achieving this. For the industry, the introduction of this new fuel in inland navigation involves a complex transitional stage which requires the best possible coordination of a large number of initiatives. This calls for improved information, and easier contact among the individual economic, administrative and political stakeholders.

In response to the growing need for visibility and transparency for the constantly increasing number of LNG activities on the waterways of Europe, the CCNR and its partners set up a comprehensive database in spring 2013. This database will now be made accessible on the Internet platform. The industry can expect substantial synergy effects as a result of the launch.

The Internet platform is the first tangible result of joint efforts on the part of the partners. The intention is to keep developing it and adapting it to future developments in the use on LNG. The CCNR has been responsible for setting up the platform, and will be in charge of keeping it updated. This is further proof of its willingness to facilitate exchanges among the various stakeholders in inland navigation, thereby promoting the prosperity of the sector.

Your impressions and suggestions will be most welcome. We hope you enjoy visiting the site!