Cargo transport by barge transport

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

Due to its inland location, the port of Antwerp has excellent connectivity with the  pan-European inland navigation network. As a result, transit times to strategic areas in the European hinterland are short. There are numorous barge operators active in the port, and this is different segments such as liquid bulk, containers, dry cargo, breakbulk and roro. The varied fleet, as well in type as size, makes sure there is an option for each transport via barge.

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Port of Antwerp - Short transit times to the European consumer

Projects for more freight transport by barge transport  

Port of Antwerp - Inland shipping

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

Facilities for barges

There are a range of places available to inland skippers at the port for on shore electricity supply, waste collection, degassing, purchasing drinking water, collecting bilge water, etc. 

An overview of all services for skippers’ can be found on this map. It also gives you a handy overview of waiting points and car drop-off points in the port available communication channels and contact details for the locks.


Port services map (EN) Port services map (FR) Port services map (DE)


Useful contact details

Contact details for locks

Damage reporting

Port Dues DepartmentHSS & VTS

Barge transport in figures

Port of Antwerp - Facts and figures Inland shipping



Marjan Beelen

Mobility Advisor Breakbulk, Liquid & Dry bulk
+32 3 205 21 19

Dominique Vercauteren

Mobility Advisor Containers
+32 3 205 22 64

Isabel Sak

Mobility Advisor Skippers
+32 3 205 22 03

Inland navigation

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