The five main points of the paper are: I. Technical description of waterways in Western Europe. Based on the classification of the waterways in Western Europe it is indicated which part of the network has a real significance for modern commodity transport. II. The inland shipping fleet of Western Europe. The fleet is analysed according to year of construction and loading capacity. Three types of barges can be distinguished: (a) the self-propelling; (b) the dumbbarges for pull-towing, and (c) the dumbbarges for push-towing. Self-propelling barges are in the majority, ranging from 60 percent of the total number of barges in The Netherlands up to 90 percent in Belgium. III. Transport volume of inland shipping. Based on the kind of commodities transported via inland shipping it is indicated which part is taken by inland shipping within the total transport by inland shipping and road in Western Europe (ranking from over 90 percent in The Netherlands to only about 30 percent in France). IV. The legal regime. The Act of Mannheim plays an important part in the discussion on transport policy in Western Europe. It is indicated for which transport-political aspects the mentioned Act of Mannheim does have significance and also for which part of the network of waterways this Act or other international agreements derived therefrom is in force. V. Trends in inland shipping. Based on break-even point analyses it is indicated at which transport distances respectively transport volumes inland shipping has great potential market possibilities. The consequences of a further economical development in Western Europe on the market share of inland shipping are indicated as well.

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    • Noortman, H J
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

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  • Accession Number: 00071893
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM