Hamburg backs the potential of inland navigation

Hamburg already takes full advantage of its inland waterways Photo: Port of Hamburg Hamburg already takes full advantage of its inland waterways Photo: Port of Hamburg
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The Port of Hamburg says that inland navigation and river-sea-shipping must be taken advantage of in order to achieve a more sustainable multi-modal transport system in the Baltic Sea Region.

To try to it increase the amount of freight volume this mode of transport has in the EU, the Port of Hamburg is helping organise a one-day conference to address the issue.

EMMA Project

The conference is being organised under the auspices of the Chamber Union Elbe/Oder and the EMMA project, for which Hamburg is the lead partner.

EMMA is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 and aims to tackle the challenges and opportunities in inland and river-sea shipping in the Baltic Sea Region.

Hamburg argues that increasing the modal share of inland navigation in the EU will help to handle the expected growth in transport volumes in a sustainable way saving transport costs, reducing emissions and decongesting roads.

The trouble is that even though the potential of inland waterway transport is high, it currently has only a 6% share of the freight market in the EU.

Keynote speakers at the conference will include Kurt Bodewig, European Coordinator for Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor TEN-T and Mandate Innovative Financing Instruments at DG MOVE. The event will be opened by Per Thöresson, Ambassador of the Swedish Embassy in Berlin.

The conference will take place in Berlin on Wednesday 21 February.

More information on registration and the conference programme is available from



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