- Home >
- How to use waterways
How to use waterways
Multi-modal waterway transport works differently than uni-modal road transport. Discover an alternative way of shipping a broad mix of commodities while avoiding traffic jams and increasing the sustainability of your operations.
Multi-modal transport involves more partners, but does not undermine the reliability of the transport operations, on the contrary.
National and regional promotion offices are your first contact point to provide up-to-date information, to answer questions, to help you with waterway project ideas. Sharing your ideas with them helps to develop yours.
While the EU waterway network of 35,000 km does not cover the whole of Europe in the same way road and railways do, most major cities, centres of commerce and industry and ports are connected by rivers and canals, ideal to carry goods from producer to customer.
While large ships carry a great deal of large-scale inland freight, small and modern dedicated vessels are used on smaller waterways and for city distribution opening up road-water transport to a growing number of customers.
Dry and liquid bulk, FMCG and fresh produce, hazardous goods and abnormal indivisible loads, all are possible.