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Coastal Ships & Inland Waterways


Venue: London, UK

Coastal and inland transport is an essential part of the transport infrastructure. The Rhine, the Kiel Canal, the Dutch waterway system, the Great Lakes of the USA/Canada, and the Chinese river systems are already used extensively for commercial transport.

Although coastal and inland transport is slower than and generally not as flexible as land transport, it does have the advantage of carrying greater payloads. If the advantages are maximised, and road transport becomes more congested in the future it could be considered as a more viable alternative to road transport in some instances. There is currently European research into the possible advantages.

The design of vessels is an important factor, with each area of service having its own specific problems. For example: size or draught constraints, speed restrictions, wash restrictions, and other regulatory requirements. A vast array of commercial vessel types operate around the world's coasts and on its inland waterways. Many of these craft are unique, and have evolved to fill specialised niches on a particular stretch of water. This conference will explore what changes have occurred since the first conference in 1999 and discuss how future demands and regulations could affect the use of coastal and inland marine transport.

Papers will be presented on the following topics:

  • Vessel Types: feeder ships: coastal and inland bulk carriers, tankers, container ships; passenger ferries, fast craft, ‘split ship’ concepts, barges, pusher tugs, refuse lighters, dredgers, waterway maintenance vessels, pollution control and other special service vessels
  • Design: low wash, low emissions, low noise, environmental constraints, cargo/passenger loading, height/width/draught restrictions.
  • Operation: economics of cargo transport, problems of high speed.
  • Regulation and Legislation: wash and speed restrictions, pollution
  • Coastal and Inland Waterways: Future development/opportunities, infrastructure/intermodality.


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