Estuary shipping and possible supporting measures

The Flemish Coalition Agreement 2019-2024 states that estuary shipping, as an alternative transport mode for goods flows to and from the hinterland, should be further stimulated and facilitated. After all, the inadequate accessibility of the port of Zeebrugge via inland navigation still exists today.
The estuary navigation fits in the strengthening policy with regard to the hinterland connections with a view to realising a modal shift from road and rail transport to waterways. With this study, Flemish Waterways plc wants to further investigate how to combine the alternative transport modes estuary shipping and inland navigation for the coastal ports.

For this project, TML cooperates with TRI-VIZOR. The study consists of two work packages:
       1. A market analysis, first for the current market; secondly also for the possibilities for growth in the future. In addition, we also examine which                   operational support measures can be provided to maximise this growth.
       2. A financial-economic analysis of estuary shipping, calculating the total logistics cost of this mode, based on the cost structure as being used for          other modes. Based on the outcome, we will also be able to deduce which financial support measures could be useful.




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