The reactivation of small inland waterways by introducing a new concept for inland waterway transport.

About Watertruck

What is Watertruck?

Watertruck is an innovative concept for the transport of goods on small waterways (CEMT I-IV) which can unlock the economic potential of a region by using small, self-propelled or unpropelled barges.

The concept, combined with small or large, environmentally friendly pushers, allows for a maximal flexibility of operations whilst maintaining a maximal regional scope, linking the small inland waterways to the TEN-T core network and vice versa, according to the TEN-T corridor principle of the European Commission.

The Watertruck+ project, a TEN-T/CEF project, aims to do just that. The goal is to provide the market with the tools for the construction of a fleet of 500 vessels, rolling out the Watertruck concept across the various European regions.

As a first step, certain standards will be established in order to reduce production costs and improve the interoperability of the vessels, both in terms of sailing areas and in terms of cargo type. As a proof of concept, a small fleet of 28 barges and 3 pushers will be constructed and deployed in a large-scale trial phase, shipping some 1,6 million tonnes of cargo per year.

The results of the trial phase will be combined with a financial toolbox, to create a Master Plan which will contain business cases for the construction and financing of a large European fleet of Watertruck+ vessels.

Previously on Watertruck

The Interreg IVB North West Europe project “Watertruck” ended end of October 2014. During this four-year project, six pilots took place in Belgium (4), the Netherlands (1) and France (1) and various research topics were studied. The outcome of the project forms the basis and justification for the Watertruck+ TEN-T/CEF project.

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As a first step, certain standards will be established in order to reduce production costs and improve the interoperability of the vessels, both in terms of sailing areas and in terms of cargo type. The standard design for different sizes of barges will be developed.

As a proof of concept, a small fleet of 28 barges (of which 16 self-propelled) and 3 pushers will be constructed and deployed in a large-scale trial phase, shipping some 1,6 million tonnes of cargo per year.

The results of the trial phase will be combined with a financial toolbox, to create a Master Plan which will contain business cases for the construction and financing of a large European fleet of Watertruck+ vessels.

The construction of the fleet of 31 vessels

As from 2017, 31 vessels will be constructed. These vessels will have to:

Techical info and review sessions: May 24-26 2016, Gorinchem

In order to achieve this goal the Watertruck+ partners wish to consult the market with regards to the latest innovations in inland navigation:

Market players who offer innovative services or products in any of the above categories, are invited to present their company, services and/or products to the Watertruck+ partners during the Technical info and review sessions which will take place on May 24th-26th at the venue of the Maritime Industry conference in Gorinchem (NL).

In a separate meeting room, you will be given 30-35 minutes to present yourself, followed by 10-15 minutes reserved for Q&A by the project stakeholders/investors.

If interested, please register via this link or send a mail to johan.boonen@watertruck.eu with:

You will then be contacted shortly with a proposal for your presentation slot.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
The Watertruck+ project team

News

02/05 – Technical information session: 24-26 May 2016, Gorinchem

As from 2017, 31 vessels will be constructed. Therefore, the Watertruck+ partners wish to consult the market with regards to the latest innovations in inland navigation. Market players who offer innovative services or products in any of the above categories, are invited to present their company, services and/or products to the Watertruck+ partners during the Technical info and review sessions which will take place on May 24th-26th at the venue of the Maritime Industry conference in Gorinchem (NL). Click here for more information.

26/03 – The Flemish Government has given permisson for the creation of a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) that will introduce Watertruck+ on a large scale on Flemish waterways.

The goal of this ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV), that exists of the Flemish waterway authorities and Flanders Institute for Mobility (VIM), is to ensure that Watertruck+ will take shape quickly. Concrete, the SPV will build a fleet of three push boats and 28 push barges. The structure of this SPV allows private partners to participate into the project. Read more

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