COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION First progress report on the implementation of the NAIADES Action Programme for the promotion of inland waterway transport.
Subject headingsTransportation policy
In general, the volumes transported on Europe’s main waterways (+ 0,3%) and the modal share of inland waterway transport remained stable in 2006. While internal transports have diminished, international traffic grew by around 1%. The volumes transported on the Rhine grew by 3% in 2006 essentially thanks to much better water levels than 2005. While other rivers like the Seine or the Rhône show a strong growth of container transport, one of the most promising growth providers to the sector, the latter experienced a slight decline (-1%) on the Rhine in 2006, essentially because of occasional difficulties of transhipment from maritime to inland waterway vessels, in particular in the port of Rotterdam. In the first quarter of 2007, the volumes transported on inland waterways in Europe showed an upward tendency, a development expected to continue after 2007