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.

Barges connect Antwerp with the major European markets 

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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More 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. Want to know more about the modal shift?
The ambition of the Port of Antwerp is to increase container barge transport from 36% to 42% by 2030.  How does the Port of Antwerp want to achieve this?

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Improving barge transport infrastructure and services

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:

  • LNG bunkering 
  • Renovation Royers lock as barge lock 
  • 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  


In this handy flyer, skippers and barge operations can find an overview of the services offered in the port of Antwerp (waste, onshore power, waiting places, drinking water, etc)


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


  • 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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Close cooperation with waterway managers and market players

For policy developments on European, federal, Flemish and local level the Port Authority works closely with De Vlaamse Waterweg. 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.  


Digitisation of barge transport 

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




Marjan Beelen

Mobility Advisor Barge
+32 3 205 21 19

Dominique Vercauteren

Mobility Advisor Barge
+32 3 205 22 64

Thomas Verlinden

Mobility Advisor Barge & Rail
+32 3 205 21 86