Annual Market Observation Report on Inland Navigation in Europe 2020



Continuing its long and fruitful collaboration with the European Commission, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) is delighted to present its 2020 European Inland Navigation Market Observation annual report.

The publication of the annual Market Observation report on inland navigation in Europe is an example of successful European level collaboration, embracing all European inland navigation actors and stakeholders, including the river commissions and representatives of the sector. The forewords by Mr Wojciechowski, European Coordinator for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, and Mr Georges, Secretary General of the CCNR, illustrate the resolutely European dimension of the publication.

The new 2020 annual Market Observation report on inland navigation in Europe provides an exhaustive overview of the market situation and developments in inland navigation in Europe during 2019. The general macro-economic conditions have made it difficult to increase transport volumes in 2019. Moreover, the Covid-19 crisis in early 2020 has had a major impact on the sector. This important subject, although not relevant to the 2019 data, is also addressed in the 2020 annual report. Furthermore, the publication focuses on future trends in the inland navigation sector, be it the anticipated impact of the energy transition on existing market segments, opportunities for new market segments or future prospects for important inland navigation sectors such as steel, agricultural products and building materials. Finally, the report provides, inter alia, information on the demand for transport by inland navigation vessel, container transport, freight rates, the fleet, employment, river cruises and river transport in inland and maritime ports.

The full report can be downloaded in PDF format in French, German, Dutch or English or viewed directly online at > Inland Navigation Market

We wish you an enjoyable read!


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