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New York expands ferry system with new routes and stops

After his State of the City address last week, New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio released additional details about the expansion of the NYC Ferry system, which will begin serving all five boroughs in 2020. The expansion is expected to increase service for many waterfront communities. 

TASCS project on sustainable manning for inland waterways comes to an end

The project “Towards A Sustainable Crewing System” is coming to its end. The TASCS project is EU-funded and developed by the European social partners of the inland waterways sector: European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO) and the European Barge Union (EBU). 

River Rhine back to normal as water levels rise

Freight shipping on the river Rhine in Germany has returned to its normal paste after raining heavily in the past week, which caused the water levels to rise, according to Reuters. 

EU to exploit inland transport’s full potential

The European Council adopted conclusions on inland waterway transport, on December 3. The conclusions acknowledge the significant contribution that this mode of transport can make towards mitigating the negative effects of the transport sector as a whole.

New USV developed to survey inland waterways

A new Unmanned Surface Vessel or inland waterways surveying has presented its ability to follow programmed survey missions. Micro Rapid Environmental Assessment Vessel (mREAV) is also able to provide live survey data, in order to create precise bathymetries in shallow-water or dangerous environments.

India sees first container movement on inland waterways

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced he is set to receive India’s first container cargo being transported on inland waterways. The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga at Varanasi, as part of the government’s aspiration to stretch the transportation of Ganga between Varanasi to Haldi.

USCG proposes surcharges on Great Lakes pilotage rates

Under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, USCG has proposed new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots.

ETF addresses automation issues in European inland waterways

On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September 2018 more than 45 participants from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria met in Saint Petersbourg, Russia, to discuss “automation in European Inland Waterways”.

India issues first standardised ship design for Ganga

The Inland Waterways Authority of India issued 13 standardised ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga. This aims to serve as an enabler for domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on National Waterway-1.

Georgia launches new inland terminal

Governor Nathan Deal, state officials and more than 350 business and civic leaders officially opened the Appalachian Regional Port in Northwest Georgia. Located in Murray County, the new facility will provide logistics solutions in a four-state region and remove an estimated 50,000 trucks and 15 million truck miles. 


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