Objectives of Vision 2018

“Vision 2018” defines 8 objectives drawn up after consulting all the stakeholders in inland navigation.

Because of the extent of their implications and their ambitious nature, the follow-through of some of these objectives could continue beyond 2018.




By 2018, inland navigation should have consolidated its positioning as a safe mode of transport, and the reliability of river transport services should have progressed in keeping with market demands.


  • Provision of single standards for modernised technical prescriptions suited to inland navigation vessels for inland navigation on the Rhine and elsewhere in Europe.
  • Support for inland navigation businesses in optimising safety and risk management, with a view to strengthening the shipping industry’s responsibility for safety measures and to being able to reduce the number of prescriptions in the long term.
  • Quality river information services making use of innovative technologies will be used by the shipping industry in order to both improve the safety of inland navigation and take more account of logistics aspects and ecological concerns.


By 2018, inland navigation should have an employment market meeting the growing need for a qualified work force and ensuring renewal of the work force in river transport jobs in the long term.


  • Modernisation of training courses and qualifications for crew members so that attractiveness of jobs in inland navigation increases in order to ensure sufficient available labour.
  • Statement of language requirements in order to contribute to an improvement in communication and hence also in the safety of inland navigation.


By 2018, inland navigation should be making an even more significant contribution to combating global warming by reducing both its fuel consumption and its emissions of greenhouse gases.


  • Definition and quantification of the long-term objectives of reducing fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases for inland navigation on the Rhine and elsewhere in Europe with a view to concerted action by the shipping industry, the States, international organisations and other stakeholders.
  • Encouragement for the efforts made by inland navigation on the Rhine and elsewhere in Europe to reduce its fuel consumption and its greenhouse gases as part of concerted action by all the stakeholders based, inter alia, on the CCNR’s CO2 and fuel strategy.


By 2018, inland navigation should be contributing even more significantly to preserving air and water quality by reducing even further the emissions of pollutants caused by propulsion and by optimising the management of cargo residues.


  • Encouragement for innovation in favour of alternative fuels and forms of energy, particularly LNG, while maintaining safety conditions.
  • Improvement of conditions enabling inland navigation on the Rhine and elsewhere in Europe to reduce its emissions of pollutant gases and particles.
  • Development of the network of CDNI waste disposal points so that waste disposal becomes an everyday practice. Definition of a concept for treating gaseous residues of liquid cargoes, together with a regulatory framework.


By 2018, the infrastructures and operating methods should have been optimised, so that inland navigation and navigable waterways are in a position to guarantee their reliability and their performance levels even when adaptation is necessary in the future because of changes in environmental conditions.


  • Constant improvement in infrastructure performance in order to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation on the Rhine even more.
  • Improvement in international coordination with a view to planning and the integrated use of the Rhine and other navigable waterways in Europe.


By 2018, inland navigation should have consolidated its positioning within logistics chains for traffic both in the hinterlands of seaports and throughout the continent using corridors with relevance for inland waterway transport.


  • Improvement in physical, electronic and organisational links with other modes of transport in the framework of the European multimodal transport corridors so that inland navigation is better integrated in logistics chains. Inland navigation will then be in a position to attract more of the flow of goods that is generated by growth in cargo volumes handled in seaports.
  • Integration of navigation on the Rhine in a transboundary corridor management.


By 2018, the application of the appropriate reference social conditions which could substantially promote the attractiveness of jobs in inland navigation ought to be optimised.


  • Guarantee for boatmen of a sufficient level of legal certainty for social protection in order to take into account the mobile nature of their professional activity.
  • Assurance of actual compliance with the applicable social conditions through the introduction of appropriate instruments making use of the potential of innovative technologies, such as the electronic tachograph and the electronic service record book.


By 2018, inland navigation ought to have the benefit of the greater availability of relevant, reliable information on waterways as a transport system.


  • Creation of an observatory of inland navigation in Europe in order to draw up a comprehensive panorama of inland navigation, meet the specific information requirements of public and private stakeholders in inland navigation and the general public, and provide a platform for the exchange of data.
  •  Improvement in communication on transport safety, the reliability of inland navigation on the Rhine and elsewhere, and impact studies of technical prescriptions and the effects on climate change, directed more particularly at political and economic decision-makers and administrations.