Mainly, the final conference occurred on December 18, in Brussels. The event took place in order to present to those taking part, including the relevant institutions, bodies and stakeholders from the sector, the result of the research conducted by DST and Intergo in the framework of TASCS.


Also, Myriam Chaffart, Political Secretary for inland waterways in the ETF addressed that ETF, ESO and EBU worked successfully together in these 24 months.

The researchers concerning the TASCS project visited numerous vessels to conduct an assessment of the workload of all crew members on board in agreement with the social partners, the vessels were predefined by type and region in order to have a representative sample as complete as possible.

This resulted to a resume of all tasks that take place onboard, of who performs them and what time occupancy and attention is required.

These features have been put together in a draft manning tool, a web-based instrument that makes possible to calculate the crew and qualifications needed for a given journey, with a given vessel and a given cargo or a defined number of passengers.

Jacques Kerkhof, vice-Chair of ETF Inland Waterways Section noted that

The tool can be used for an operator to estimate in advance how many members of crew are needed to perform a certain transport in compliance with existing legislation.