Inland navigation on the Rotterdam – Duisburg route

On average, transportation by inland navigation and rail emits two-thirds less carbon dioxide per tonne-kilometre than by truck. Inland navigation also has less of an impact on the environment and health because it is on the whole significantly quieter. (German Environment Agency – UBA)

Brief description

Using inland navigation in transport logistics can make a major contribution to reducing road network congestion. This mode of transport is particularly suited when they can replace trucks on fixed routes.

Route planning is greatly restricted compared with trucks since they are tied to predefined loading and unloading points. Furthermore, scheduling requires longer lead times in order to compensate for delays.

When using inland navigation, flows of goods should be bundled at the loading point in order to enable this mode of transport to achieve high levels of capacity utilisation.

Transport distance

  • over 150 km

Greenhouse gas reduction potential

  • Greenhouse gas reduction greatly depends on the relationship of inland navigation (main leg) to truck transportation (preliminary and subsequent legs)
  • Greenhouse gas reduction through inland navigation up to 10 %

Transferability & challenges

  • High organisational effort

Requirements for third parties

  • Reliable freight forwarders required

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