Inland shipping

Inland shipping is a cost-efficient, reliable and sustainable transport mode to move larger volumes. Antwerp is directly connected to the major European waterways, making transport to economic centers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and even beyond very efficient.

 

In close co-operation with all stakeholders, the Port of Antwerp is continuously looking for solutions to further optimize barge transport. More regular services, a faster turnaround time in the port and adapted infrastructure to cope with future growth, just to name a few. In this way the Port of Antwerp sets the tone in inland shipping - as the best inland shipping port in Europe.


The Connectivity Platform lists all 240 weekly services between Antwerp and 90 key destinations in Europe. Thanks to its inland location, in the middle of the Scheldt-Maas-Rhine-delta, the port is directly connected with the pan-European barge network. 
Type in your destination to get an instant overview of all intermodal transport options, the contact data and services offered on the terminals.

 

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 42% of the total cargo transport in the port must be by barge in 2030

 

Optimizing container barge transport

To ensure sustainable growth of the port, all barge transport stakeholders actively cooperate to make barge transport even more efficient. The ambition of the Port of Antwerp is to increase container barge transport from 36% to 42% by 2030. Current actions revolve around planning and collaboration, bundling and digitisation. 

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Services for skippers and barge operators

In this handy flyer, skippers and barge operations can find an overview of the services offered in the port of Antwerp:

  • Waste collection facilities
  • Drinking water collection
  • Onshore power supply
  • Waiting places 
  • Available communication channels
  • Contact details of the locks, bridges and other services
 

The most current information regarding shore power, waste collection and drinking water for barges in Flanders is available on www.binnenvaartservices.be. On this site you can check the availability of shore power connection points in real time, for example.

 

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Improving barge transport infrastructure

The Port Authority wants to expand barge transport services in the field of drinking water supplies, LNG bunkering, shore power and waste collection. And in joint consultation with the barge sector, the Port Authority wants to optimise the policy relating to berths in the port  and provide extra ones where possible. 

 

Specific projects include:

  • Renovation of Cauwelaerts lock 
  • Construction of berths on the Scheldt, by Ketelplaat 
  • Improvement of the Albert Canal: broaden the canal and make the bridges higher across the canal (9.10m) in favour of container barges with 4 layers  

 

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  • In 2016 the Flemish government and the Port Authority built the Kieldrecht lock, the biggest lock in the world. Barges and sea-going vessels have easy access to the other docks on the Left bank through this lock. The lock is 500 metres long, 68 metres wide and has a depth of 17.8 metres. 

 

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More barge transports  

The Port of Antwerp seeks a modal shift of transport flows in favour of barges and rail transport. The Port Authority supports this modal shift through efforts to increase the number of connections and the efficiency of barge transport. 


 

How will we realize this?

 

Action plan inland container shipping

On 19 April 2018, the Antwerp port community signed the inland container shipping action plan  and went up a gear to ensure sustainable growth of the port. The agreements revolve around three big pillars: planning and co-operation, bundling and digitisation. The interaction of all these measures must result in an optimisation of inland container shipping and an efficiency increase for all chain partners.

 

 

Close cooperation with waterway managers and market players

For policy developments on European, federal, Flemish and local level the Port Authority works closely with NV De Scheepvaart and with 'Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV'. Through various initiatives these waterway managers try to optimise the waterway infrastructure and encourage the use of the waterways.

The Port Authority regularly meets with the barge sector. By joining forces, the port is able to streamline barge transport processes and structures and create a positive dynamic among the various stakeholders.  

 

Digital applications

C-Point is the electronic communication network of systems and solutions in the Port of Antwerp. It ensures an efficient information exchange and relevant tools for barge operators.

 

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Useful contact data

 

 

 

Contact

Marjan Beelen

Function: 
Consultant Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp

Dominique Vercauteren

Function: 
Consultant Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp

Thomas Verlinden

Function: 
Consultant Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp