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.

For more information, see the management summary


Call II Watertruck+ operators

Publication Date: September 16, 2016

The board of directors of Watertruck+ bvba has decided to initiate a second market consultation in order to have extra operators involved into the project.

Via this link, you can find all specifications on this open call, indicated as Call II.

Applicants are invited to submit their application by October 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Call construction Watertruck+

Publication date: July 14, 2016

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 first step in the trans-European rollout, a small fleet of (self-propelled) barges and pushers will be constructed and deployed in a large-scale trial phase, shipping a dedicated volume of cargo per year.

The first steps within the award procedure have been taken.
Hereby the link to the contract notice of the push barges and the pushers.

Deadline for receipt of candidacies is August 12th at 15:00.

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.



Watertruck+ @ TEN-T Days

Ten-T From June 20 to June 22, Watertruck+ was present at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam. Amongst different representatives within the navigation sector, we also welcomed Flanders’ minister for mobility Ben Weyts at our booth.


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, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal nv en nv De Scheepvaart, 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.





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