AGA Resolution 2011
Efficient Inland Navigation Requires Improved Functional Infrastructure and Networks
Berlin, Deutschland - 17. Mai 2011
The impact of the recent financial and economic crisis is currently receding and a period of new economic and sustainable growth is anticipated. Past experience shows that the growth in transport volume is about twice that of economic growth and current experience with the road, rail and waterborne transport modes appear to confirm this prediction.
The call for a sensible modal split between road, rail and waterborne transport is essential because of this anticipated growth particularly in densely populated areas in Europe, Asia and America. In those areas, the modal split should act as a cornerstone for the development of local, national and regional transport policies, for example the Trans European Transport Networks, TEN-T.
However, due to their individual requirements, each mode has its own unique conditions that prevent – to a large extent – the transfer of freight from one mode to another. Whereas truck traffic is the most flexible mode of transport; rail, and even more so (inland) waterborne transport, need long corridors to generate their inherent competitive edge: namely safety and lower carbon emission per tonne-kilometre. This is particularly true in trans-boundary corridors.
Accordingly, PIANC, the International Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, on the occasion of its 126th Annual General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, urges all national and international policy makers to remove the barriers that are currently hampering long distance international corridors from being completed, e.g. the Danube, the Elbe or the Seine-Scheldt waterways, as well as any other long standing issues between maritime countries which prevent the development of international routes either by inland waterway, short sea shipping and the provision of associated port structures, whether inland or coastal.