The importance of the Inland Shipping industry
As carrier of thousands of tons of goods across the water every day, the extent of inland shipping is quite impressive. This applies not only to dry (sand, gravel or grain) and wet bulk, but also to container transport.
The Dutch market share is now around 35%, which means that roughly 1 in 3 containers is transported by water. This form of transport is not only much cheaper than using roads, there are no traffic jams and it is also more environmentally friendly. Less fuel is used per ton-kilometer which also leads to fewer emissions such as CO2. Shipping on this vast European waterway network of 51,700 kilometers of canals and rivers is also important from the point of view of safety. This is due to the extensive traffic rules on shipping routes and in the ports, and as a result there are relatively few accidents.
Polestar Publishing has various publications available in its portfolio for this particular sector. Inland navigation skippers, shippers and suppliers interested in information about specialized laws and regulations need look no further. For example, what are the traffic rules for Westerschelde, IJmond or Europoort, and what are the agreements on VHF use?
Also because of the storage and shipment, books about port logistics, container handling and break bulk are available for these professionals. There are also special publications about AND – the transport of dangerous goods. Take a look at our portfolio on this special form of transport!