Cargo transport by inland navigation

Inland navigation is the largest mode of transport at the port of Antwerp, forming 34% of it. Port of Antwerp is constantly working on new projects for the inland navigation sector in order to increase this further. Innovative measures help shippers to reach their customers in the European hinterland quickly. This is how the port of Antwerp is setting the tone as the port for inland navigation in Europe.

Short transit times to the European consumer

The port of Antwerp has excellent connectivity with the 1,500km-long Belgian inland navigation network. Due to its inland location in the middle of the Scheldt-Meuse-Rhine delta, Antwerp's waters are directly connected to the pan-European inland navigation network. As a result, transit times to strategic areas in the European hinterland are short.

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Port of Antwerp - Short transit times to the European consumer

Projects for more freight transport by inland navigation  

Port of Antwerp - Inland shipping

Port of Antwerp aspires towards a modal shift for transport flows in favour of inland navigation and rail transport. 42% of the total freight traffic at the port should be carried by inland navigation by 2030.  Port of Antwerp is encouraging this modal shift through efforts to increase the number of inland navigation connections and infrastructure. 

Services for inland navigation skippers

There are a range of places available to inland skippers at the port for an electricity supply, degassing, purchasing drinking water, collecting bilge water, etc. There are also waste collection points at various locations on the Left and Right Banks.

An overview of all services for inland navigation skippers can be found on this map. It also gives you a handy overview of waiting points, available communication channels and contact details for the locks.


The most up-to-date information on shore power, waste collection and drinking water for inland navigation craft in Flanders can be found at For example, the availability of shore power connection points can be found there in real-time.


Useful contact details

Contact details for locks

Damage reporting

Harbour Dues Department

Map of the port with services

Inland navigation in figures

Port of Antwerp - Facts and figures Inland shipping



Marjan Beelen

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